Holiday Scholarship Concert

31st Annual Holiday Scholarship Concert

 Friday, December 1, 7:30pm - The Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

For 31 years, the Holiday Scholarship Concert has been an annual tradition to usher in the holiday season in the High Country! 

This year we welcome Dr. Dakota Corbliss as the Holiday Scholarship Concert Artistic Director, succeeding Dr. Stephen Hopkins in this important role. Dr. Corbliss is the Assistant Professor of Horn and directs the Master of Music Degree in Performance. Currently in his third year at the Hayes School of Music, he has a multifaceted career including international chamber music performances and nonprofit director roles.

Purchase a Ticket ($15 regular, $10 student rush) - available only through this page or!

Donate to the Scholarship Fund

Almost every student in the Hayes School of Music is engaged in the concert through festive performances by many of our ensembles. This year's Holiday Scholarship Concert will include performances by...

Steely Pan Steel BandAppalachian Symphony Orchestra
University SingersFlute Choir
Jazz EnsembleAppalachian Chorale
Treble ChoirPiano Performance
Brass ChoirTrombone Choir

Read an interview with prior Artistic Director Dr. Hopkins about his experiences with the concert over the years: Dr. Stephen Hopkins passes the baton after 30th Holiday Scholarship Concert

Schaefer Center Tickets

Purchase your ticket today through the Schaefer Center box office! Tickets to attend the concert in person are $15.

All profits from the concert will benefit scholarships for Hayes School of Music students. 

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Giving to Hayes School of Music Student Scholarships

Throughout its history, our Holiday Scholarship Concert has helped to provide an affordable and accessible education for Hayes School of Music students. Through the generosity of our audience and sponsors, over $250,000 has been raised over the years, all of which goes directly to our students! We hope to celebrate our 30th anniversary by breaking $300,000 in cumulative donations for our students.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please visit or contact Melinda Friddell at 828-262-8692 or

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Donors make the Hayes School of Music experience possible for more students, helping young musicians turn a passion for music into a profession for life. Concert sponsors will be listed on this page in November. From the whole Hayes School of Music, thank you for making this possible!

Golden Rings

$2,500 and up - Receive 10 tickets to the performance, 2 VIP parking passes, special recognition on stage, on the Hayes School of Music website, on the program, and in the lobby. 

  • Lonnie Brown
  • Nancy & Neil Schaffel

Silver Bells

$1,000 - Receive 8 tickets to the performance, 2 VIP parking passes, special recognition on social media, and on the Hayes School of Music website, on the program and in the lobby.

  • Jason & Deborah Coram
  • Joseph & Luann Love
  • Anonymous (in memory of Grace Halstead)

Candlelight Chorus

$500 - Receive 4 tickets to the performance, 1 VIP parking pass, special recognition on social media, and on the Hayes School of Music website, on the program and in the lobby.

  • Ira & Brenda Abrams
  • Frank & Kay Borkowski
  • Craig & Rose Bridgeman
  • Penn & Natalie Broyhill (in memory of Linda Combs)
  • Dan & Fairley Bell Cook
  • Don & Cathy Cover (in memory of Joe Phelps)
  • Kathryn & James Douthit
  • Matt, Kimberly, and Ploy Dull
  • Adrienne Finkel
  • Marc & Sandy Kadyk
  • Michael & Cathy O'Sullivan
  • Bill Pelto & Linda Larson
  • Kay Rogers (in memory of John B. Rogers, Jr.)
  • Dr. Bonnie & Mrs. Jamie Schaefer (in memory of Jordan Hallmark)
  • John & Kimberly Sensenbrenner
  • John S. Sullivan (in memory of Katrina S. Sullivan)
  • Ann & Ken Ward (in memory of Mr. Joe Phelps)
  • Fred & Barbara Webb