About the Glauser School

Music has been part of the fabric of Kent State University for over 100 years, starting with the first head of the department Anne Maud Shamel and the first classes of special music students. Today, the Glauser School of Music celebrates its past while looking toward the future.

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Kent McWilliams headshot in Ludwig Recital Recital in front of Steinway grand piano

A Message from the Glauser School Director

Welcome to the Glauser School of Music! Whether you’re a prospective student, educator, alum or community member, I would like to personally invite you to explore all that we have to offer from our academic programs and performances to our ensembles and community programs. 

At the Glauser School, we celebrate the vibrant and diverse musics the world has to offer, from Western Classical and Jazz to the many Asian and African traditions. Our comprehensive degree programs help students reach professional and personal goals. We are also the only public university with an established partnership with a “Big 5” orchestra—The Cleveland Orchestra.

It’s an exciting time in the School. Currently, we’re re-evaluating all programs with the goal to provide more opportunities for students to explore the diverse musical world and make room for entrepreneurial ideas and activities within our curriculum. I’m enthusiastic about the possibilities and look forward to announcing our revised programs in the near future. 

Since my arrival in 2019, I’ve been impressed by the creative energy of our people in the Glauser School. Throughout the last year, this has been even more apparent. I look forward to the 2021-2022 academic year when we can again begin to gather to experience that energy in our performance spaces and engage in robust conversations in our classrooms. 

Kent McWilliams
Director and Professor

We are Committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Anti-Racism

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force will lead the Glauser School's efforts to increase diverse representation, create and sustain equality of opportunity, and intentionally foster an inclusive and equitable environment. 

We envision a School of Music that empowers individuals, expands opportunities, and meaningfully honors all voices.

To cultivate a safe, diverse community, and harness its power for change.

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  • Research


    Explore our growing Research Hub from Ethnomusicology and Music Cognition to Music Education and Musicology.

  • Events


    A core part of life at the School of Music, we offer nearly 200 public events every year.

Kent Blossom Music Festival

Every summer, the Glauser School hosts the Kent Blossom Music Festival (KBMF)—now a 53-year partnership with The Cleveland Orchestra. Young Artists come from around the world to spend five weeks studying and making music with an internationally renowned roster of artist-faculty from the orchestra, Glauser School and guests.

Since its founding in 1968 by George Szell and Louis Lane, more than 2,200 such young artists and world-class professionals have shared the nationally recognized Kent/Blossom experience. Blossom enjoys a significant position of enriching the international music field. The program has propelled hundreds of remarkable young musicians into the ranks of major orchestras, opera companies and conservatory facilities throughout the United State and around the globe.

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