Welcome from Dean James Douthit

James Douthit

Welcome to the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University, where we foster a vibrant community of talented musicians, scholars, and practitioners. Our institution offers undergraduate and graduate students unparalleled opportunities to excel in musical pursuits while achieving academic excellence.

Dedicated to nurturing each student's unique talents, our esteemed faculty and staff are committed to guiding individuals toward a professional music career that lasts a lifetime. Through personalized attention and innovative programs, we transform passion into a profession, ensuring our students reach their highest potential.

While our website provides comprehensive information about our programs, we encourage you to experience our dynamic community firsthand by visiting our campus in the breathtaking High Country. Immerse yourself in the rich musical culture that defines the Hayes School of Music, and witness the collaborative spirit that makes our institution a hub for artistic growth and achievement.

Explore our calendar of events and join us for captivating performances and engaging activities on our picturesque campus. Discover why the Hayes School of Music is the perfect place to cultivate your musical talents and academic aspirations.

James Douthit, D.M.A., Dean

Hayes School of Music