How many towns the size of Boone can deliver compelling classical music that breaks new ground, challenges the audience and musicians alike and, at the concert, leaves everyone remembering how much fun they just had? The Appalachian Symphony Orchestra is currently at its peak of creativity, under the guiding baton of Mélisse Brunet, in her third year as Appalachian’s director of orchestral activities. Like an up-and-coming football coach, Brunet carefully crafted her “team” into a cohesive, winning ensemble, from the grassroots to the top. And her combination of a bubbly, energetic personality and technical musical skills have quickly found a home on this rapidly-improving campus with students, faculty and concert-goers alike. Brunet’s reputation as one of the world’s top, young female conductors continues to grow, and the biggest question becomes how long will audiences be able to enjoy this incredible Paris, France native and her talented orchestra?