Holiday Scholarship Concert

30th Annual Holiday Scholarship Concert

 Friday, December 2, 7:30 p.m - The Schaefer Center

The 30th Annual Holiday Scholarship Concert is near! Tickets are going fast - less than 350 left. Purchase tickets through the link below or by calling the Schaefer Center at (800) 841-2787. The concert is coordinated by Dr. Stephen Hopkins, Professor of Choral Music and Director of Choral Activities. For 30 years, it has been an annual tradition to usher in the holiday season in the High Country.  

Purchase a Ticket ($12) • 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. The 2022 program will feature performances by...

Steely Pan Steel BandAppalachian Symphony Orchestra
University SingersFlute Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble IHorn Choir
Treble ChoirBlazing Bassoons
Brass ChoirTuba/Euphonium Collective
Saxophone QuartetTrumpet Choir
Chamber Singers 

Read an interview with 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 $12.

All proceeds will benefit scholarships for Hayes School of Music students. 

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!

30th Year Angel

  • Nancy and Neil Schaffel

Platinum Star

Golden Rings

  • Bob and Cindy Fallon
  • Joe and Lu Ann Love

Silver Bells

  • Frank and Kay Borkowski - In Memory of Meline Markarian and Terry Choate
  • Craig and Rose Bridgeman
  • Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Cover - In Memory of Joe Phelps
  • Dr. James and Dr. Kathryn Douthit
  • Ms. Adrienne Finkel
  • Sandy and Marc Kadyk
  • Pamela Eve Reid
  • Ms. Alex Sink
  • Dottie and Charlie Sykes
  • Randall and Lisa Underwood - In Honor of Katerina Whitley
  • Ann and Ken Ward - In Memory of Mr. Joe Phelps

Candy Cane

  • Byron Bean - In honor of Bonnie Bean
  • Dr. Bill Pelto and Dr. Linda Larson
  • Dr. Sara Lindsay
  • Dr. and Mrs. Jose A Santiago - In honor of Kathryn M. Santiago
  • James Cook Insurance Services - In honor of Franz Merrill and Dr. Jay Jackson
  • Mike Wise and Mary Dean Silver
  • Susie Greene and Jim West
  • Sam and Joan Williamson - In honor of Wallace Brown