Cannon Music Camp is the premier comprehensive music camp in the Southeast. Cannon Music Camp is a three-week music-filled retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, with intensive college preparatory work in performance and music theory. Campers participate in daily ensemble rehearsals and music theory classes in an atmosphere that elevates everyone's musicianship. Equally important is the direct instruction each camper receives in weekly, one-hour lessons.


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Join us for the 55th Season of Cannon Music Camp

June 24- July 15, 2023

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. Finale Performances are held in Rosen Concert Hall

  • Cannon Music Camp is open to dedicated and inspired student musicians who are rising high school freshmen to rising college freshmen. 
  • Applications close three (3) days before the start of camp.

Registration for 2022 closed on June 23, 2022

Click the Application Process Link at the top of this page for more information.  The application process for 2023 will open November 1 for returning campers and December 1 for new campers.

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.

Private Lessons for Summer 2021

Private Lessons for Summer 2021

For students who crave the focus of private lessons that are typically offered during our face-to-face camp, Cannon Music Camp has partnered with the Hayes School of Music's Community Music School to offer virtual, tuition based private lessons with Cannon Music Camp Faculty. Learn more about registration and tuition information.