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Appalachian State University to present annual Halloween Monster Concert on Halloween night

By University Communications

BOONE—Dr. Joby Bell and the students in his organ studio at Appalachian State University will present their annual “Halloween Monster Concert” at 8 p.m. Oct. 31 in the Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall on the university campus.

This is a Hayes School of Music event. Admission is free, and a live stream of the performance will be available at

Audience members of all ages are encouraged to show up in costumes. They should also be ready to hear spooky organ music, sing “pumpkin” carols and endure corny jokes told by a mystery emcee. Pumpkin carols consist of Halloween texts sung to Christmas carol tunes.

Free candy will be offered at the end of the concert, as will an “open console” period, during which audience members can try out the organ themselves.

Bell is an associate professor of organ and the sacred music program coordinator at Appalachian. Both he and his students will perform.

The program will include J.S. Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D-Minor” as well as excerpts from “Symphonie No. 6” by Charles-Marie Widor, “Sonata on the 94th Psalm” by Julius Reubke and “Sonata No. 6” by Felix Mendelssohn.

The undergraduate student performers will be Zach Bowyer of Roanoke, Virginia, who is majoring in organ performance and sacred music; Andrew Byrd of Charleston, South Carolina, who is majoring in sacred music; and Hunter Cox of Sanford, who is majoring in music education. Two graduate students in organ performance will also play: Jake Hill of Yadkinville and Rodney Ward of Boone.

About the Hayes School of Music

The Hayes School of Music prepares young musicians for professional lives as performers, composers, music educators, music therapists, conductors and music industry professionals, ensuring the next generation of musical leadership for the state, region and nation. Noted for quality instruction by national and internationally recognized faculty musicians, the school offers four undergraduate degree programs and three graduate-level programs.

About Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.