Gary Boye



Gary Boye


Blowing Rock, North Carolina, United States

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Professional Title

Music Librarian and Professor

Professional Services

Professional Performer – Baroque, Professional Performer – Renaissance, Musicologist

Affiliated Institution

Appalachian State University


I began studying the lute in college in the early 1980s. I graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance, studying under John Sutherland at the University of Georgia, in 1986. I later completed the Masters of Arts in Music History and Literature at UGA and then moved to Durham, North Carolina to pursue my doctorate. In 1995, I completed the Ph.D. in Historical Musicology at Duke University with Peter F. Williams as my dissertation chairperson. The dissertation involved the seventeenth-century Italian guitarist, Giovanni Battista Granata, and included a year of study abroad in Italy on a Fulbright Scholarship. In 2000, while working as a staff member in the special collections library at Duke, I complete the Master of Science in Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In July 2000, I was offered the job of Music Librarian at Appalachian State University and have been there (happily) ever since . . .