BOONE — Appalachian State University’s Community Music School, part of the Hayes School of Music, announces the appointment of Nicole Sonbert as its new director. A native of Winston-Salem, Sonbert recently returned to North Carolina from Seattle Opera, where she served as the organization’s youth and family programs manager.

“We are fortunate to have been able to find a new director who is such an accomplished musician with significant arts administration experience,” said James Douthit, dean of the HSOM. “Her passion for arts engagement and her work in both academic and community programs make her a dynamic hire.”

He added, “Dr. Sonbert understands the potential benefits of a vibrant Community Music School and will continue our past growth to enable our program to serve a broader and larger number of students of all ages and abilities who want to make music a part of their daily lives.”

Appalachian’s Community Music School provides noncredit group and individual music instruction for children and adults in the local community as well as surrounding Western North Carolina counties using the talent of Appalachian faculty and area teaching artists.

“It is an exciting time to join this vibrant community, furthering the development and creation of programming that allows every individual, at any age, to find their voice and artistry through musically innovative and collaborative programming,” Sonbert said of her new appointment.

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