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Appalachian Benefactor Honored

hayes.jpgBOONE–Appalachian State University benefactor Mariam Cannon Hayes of Concord was honored during a black-tie dinner and concert Sept. 22 on campus. The event also celebrated the dedication of the Mariam Cannon Hayes School of Music.

Special guests attending the event included Congressman and Mrs. Robin Hayes of Concord, and their son Bob and his wife, Heather, of Charlotte; former Senator and Mrs. James Broyhill of Winston-Salem; Paul and Faye Broyhill of Lenoir, and Glenn Wilcox of Asheville, who chairs Appalachian’s Board of Trustees. Also attending were Earl Robinson, president of Lees-McRae College, Eddie Greene, CEO of Cannon Hospital, and state senator Virginia Foxx.

In May, Mrs. Hayes made a $10 million endowment gift to the university’s music school. Proceeds from the endowment will fund current and future needs in the music school and benefit

current and future students by strengthening the nature and scope of music education at Appalachian. The endowment also will help the music school expand its outreach to the region and provide funding for faculty travel for scholarly research, study and presentations.

The Appalachian State University Board of Trustees named the school in her honor.

Mrs. Hayes and her family have been associated with Appalachian and its music programs for nearly four decades. She and her late father, Charles A. Cannon, were instrumental in founding Cannon Music Camp at Appalachian in 1969. The camp brings hundreds of high school musicians from across the state and the Southeast to campus for four weeks of instruction and performance each summer.

Mrs. Hayes is an active member of the School of Music’s Advisory Board. She is a former member of Appalachian’s Board of Trustees, having served on the board from 1981-89. She was a member of the university’s board of visitors in the 1960s and 1970s.

The Mariam Cannon Hayes School of Music offers bachelor’s degrees in music education, music performance, music therapy and music industries. It offers master’s degrees in music education and music performance. The school has approximately 50 faculty and 500 music majors. It is housed in the Broyhill Music Center.


Picture Caption: Dean William Harbinson said “an evening of magical people are celebrating a magical person,” as he welcomed guests to a

Sept. 22 dinner and concert honoring Mariam Cannon Hayes. The celebration and dedication of the Mariam Cannon Hayes School of Music featured performances by music faculty and students, including the premiere performance of the Hayes String Quartet. During the celebration, a bronze plaque bearing Mrs. Hayes’ likeness was unveiled. The plaque will be placed in the lobby of Broyhill Music Center. Assisting with the unveiling is Chancellor Francis T. Borkowski. Pictured in the background is Charles Clement, chairman of the Hayes School of Music Advisory Board. (Appalachian photo by Mike Rominger)