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University Band and Choir

University Band and Chorus are both offered one day a week as credit or non-credit courses. Students can take each course for one-credit-hour or they may choose to join the band or the choir for an ongoing period of time. Community members are also invited to join University Band and University Choir. Students can contact their academic advisor for registration details for these courses. To learn more, contact Courtney Nign, assistant director of admissions, at 330-339-3391 or by email at Band Director James Graves can be reached at Choir Director Eric Benjamin can be reached at


Kent State Tuscarawas University Band

The Kent State Tuscarawas University Band is a wind ensemble composed of Kent State Tuscarawas students, community musicians and talented high school students participating the College Credit Plus program. The band currently rehearses on Tuesday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. in the state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center.  The University Band offers students the opportunity to further their instrumental studies within a collegiate-level ensemble.  

To fulfill the objectives of this one credit hour course, each semester the band will present a culminating concert in the Performing Arts Center. The ensemble will perform concert band works of great variety including chorales, marches, holiday music, patriotic themes, cinematic works and orchestral transcriptions.

“I believe the establishment of the university band at Kent State Tuscarawas creates significant opportunities for our students," said James Graves, band director. "Many individuals have enjoyed participating in music ensembles throughout their high school career and will benefit greatly from performing in the university band.”


Kent State Tuscarawas University Choir

Eric Benjamin directs the new University Choir at Kent State Tuscarawas. In building a new choir, Benjamin has created a goal oriented syllabus. “The University Choir will offer students at Kent State Tuscarawas the opportunity to sing a varied repertoire of music with emphasis on the choral traditional that has existed over 500 years,” commented Benjamin. “We will rehearse the music and learn in an atmosphere that emphasizes a high artistic standard.”

As part of the course objectives, each semester the choir, a one-credit-hour course, will perform a culminating event. At the end of fall semester, the university choir will perform with the Tuscarawas Philharmonic for their annual performance of Handel’s Messiah. The spring semester performance will be announced during the academic year.  

“I am impressed by the seriousness of the students and faculty at Kent State Tuscarawas,” added Benjamin. “I like that the chorus is not just on campus. Some activities will have to be off campus and part of the community.”