About Us

Music education, performance and scholarship at the School of Music at Kent State

The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University, nestled in beautiful and vibrant Kent, Ohio, is one of the most distinguished schools of music in the Midwest. For over 100 years, the School of Music has nurtured the next generation of music educators, performing artists and scholars. We offer some of the most comprehensive and innovative degree programs in the country, with an emphasis on experiential learning, quality scholarship and immersive technical training. Students enrolled in our programs can expect a warm and supportive environment where fostering professional growth and personal development is a priority. Our graduates have gone on to have successful careers in music education, music performance, scholarly research, higher education and administration.

During the summer, the School of Music hosts the Kent Blossom Music Festival in cooperation with The Cleveland Orchestra and Blossom Music Center. The festival is regarded as one of the premier centers for professional music training for young artists in the United States. Now entering its 51st season in 2019, the festival continues its now half-century legacy of helping to launch the careers of young artists with alumni holding positions of prominence in many of the world’s finest orchestras, chamber ensembles and educational institutions.

Learn more about the festival here.

Creating Community

At the School of Music, you will find a vibrant, student-focused community of artist-musicians, scholars and pedagogues. Students enrolled in our programs have many opportunities to become involved in the life of the school through our ensembles and student organizations.


  • Wind Ensemble
  • Symphony Band
  • University Band
  • Marching Band
  • Flasher Brass
  • Kent State Chorale
  • Kent Chorus
  • Men’s Chorus
  • Women’s Chorus
  • Kent State Gospel Choir
  • Jazz Orchestra
  • Jazz Workshop Ensemble
  • Numerous student combos
  • Nova Jazz Singers
New Music Ensemble
World Music
  • African Ensemble
  • Thai Ensemble
  • Steel Band

Student Organizations

  • Clarinet Association
  • Tau Beta Sigma
  • Kappa Kappa Psi
  • Kent Chapter of the Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association
  • National Band Association Chapter
  • Delta Pi Upsilon
  • Kent State Jazz Society
  • Delta Omicron

A Part of Something Bigger

The College of the Arts at Kent State University includes the School of Music, School of Art, School of Theatre and Dance, and the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising, making it one of the largest academic units at Kent State. It also connects our students to a vast network of collaborators, innovators and change-makers.


To empower global leaders who ignite creativity, inspire discovery and transform all lives through the arts.


The College of the Arts will lead as innovators and global change-makers, advancing a creative and collaborative culture.

Community Partners

The School of Music continues to foster and nurture relationships with organizations and institutions from across the region.

  • The Cleveland Orchestra
  • Tuesday Musical
  • Akron Public Schools: Firestone Community Learning Center
  • Cleveland School of the Arts
  • Kulas Foundation
  • WKSU
  • WCLV
  • Cleveland Classical
  • The Record-Courier
  • Music from the Western Reserve
  • The Akron Symphony