Register now for the 56th Season of Cannon Music Camp!

June 22 - July 13, 2024

Explore your passion for music at our comprehensive summer music camp! 

Open to dedicated musicians who are rising ninth graders through graduating high school seniors.

  • Ensemble performances (band, orchestra, choir, jazz, and small groups)

  • Music theory instruction 

  • Weekly lessons and masterclasses 

  • College campus experience 

  • Open to vocalists and instrumentalists (woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion, piano, harp, guitar)

Cannon Music Camp is a three-week music-filled retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The camp offers intensive college preparatory work that sets students up for success in auditions, college music study, and their own musical passions. Attending Cannon Music Camp is a great way to learn about the Hayes School of Music, our faculty, staff, the campus, and surrounding area of Boone, North Carolina. Campers learn and perform with the Hayes School of Music faculty and excellent visiting artists. Finale Performances are held in Rosen Concert Hall.

Apply to Camp

Apply to Camp

Learn more about the application process and apply to Cannon Music Camp!  Applications open in December. No audition is required to submit an application - read more about our process, timeline, and forms here.

About the Camp

About the Camp

Learn about daily life at camp: the campus, schedule, activities, dining, guest performances, Appalachian State University, and more!

All-State and All-District Solo Videos

All-State and All-District Solo Videos

Auditioning for All-State or All-District band or orchestra in North Carolina? Make this year's audition the best ever! Practice with support from video demonstrations by faculty from Cannon Music Camp and the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University.

Scholarship Information

Scholarship Information

Learn more here if you applied for, received, or are interested in applying for a scholarship.

Apply to Work at Camp

The Cannon Music Camp experience depends on a skilled group of musicians who bring their own expertise to the camp and provide a safe, exciting, and musical experience for the campers. Applications are open for 2024 camp counselors! Our counselors typically have or are working on a degree in music, many are teaching in their field during the school year, and several are former campers (typically two summers or more out of camp).

Musicians interested in working as counselors may apply at Applications close January 19, 2024.

In Memory and Honor of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Cannon

Cannon Music Camp would like to acknowledge the continuing financial support of The Mariam and Robert Hayes Charitable Trust. Without this support, this outstanding musical experience would not be possible. If you are interested, view a brief history of the camp.

If you would like to "GIVE" to our scholarship fund to help support these talented young musicians, please email us at

The Hayes School of Music and Appalachian State University have kept the safety and health of our campers, staff, guests, and faculty at the forefront of our efforts during the pandemic.  We work with the CDC guidelines, State of North Carolina mandates, State System of Higher Education guidelines and any restrictions ordered by Appalachian State University.  The most current information on our policies and practices can be found at  We will continually update and monitor conditions that might require change.  Please let our camp staff know if you have any questions or concerns.  We will offer updates or changes via email or on our camp web page.