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Linda Angotti

Linda Angotti is Professor of Music Education and former Coordinator of Music Education, a post she held for more than 10 years. In September 2010, Dr. Angotti was appointed, in a 2-year position, as the first Provost Faculty Associate for the Division of Diversity Equity and Inclusion. Angotti is well known as founding director (1996) of the internationally renowned Kent State University Gospel Choir and for her research on gospel choirs in higher education.

Kazadi Mukuna

Dr. Kazadi wa Mukuna, ethnomusicologist, a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), is Professor of Ethnomusicology, and Director of the African Ensemble at the Hugh A.

Jesse Leyva

Dr. Jesse Leyva is Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Kent State University, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting, and provides administrative leadership for the band program.  Prior to Leyva's appointment at Kent State, he was Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Illinois, and Director of Bands at Henderson State University (AR).

John Franklin

Dr. John Franklin joined the faculty of the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University in the fall of 2013 as the Director of Athletic Bands having served in similar capacity at Duke University (Durham, NC), East Carolina University (Greenville, NC), the University of West Georgia (Carrollton, GA), and as the Interim Director of Bands and visiting Assistant Professor of Music Education at the College of Wooster (Wooster, OH). A native of Jacksonville, FL, Dr.

Scott MacPherson

Conductor Scott MacPherson is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies in the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University. In addition to conducting the KSU Chorale and Kent Chorus, Dr. MacPherson leads the graduate choral conducting program. The Chorale performed at the Ohio Choral Directors Association Conference in June 2014. He has consistently earned praise for the performance of choirs under his direction.

Frank Wiley

Dr. Frank Wiley is Director of the Kent State University New Music Ensemble. He teaches courses in composition, 20th century music, and conducting.

Dr. Wiley studied composition with Donald Erb and Roger Hannay and conducting with Thomas Briccetti. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance and a Master of Music degree in composition. His Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition was awarded by the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University.