Bryon Black II is an Assistant Professor in the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University. In addition to conducting the KSU Men’s Chorus, Mr. Black also teaches Introduction to Conducting. Mr. Black received his Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Kent State, studying with Dr. Scott MacPherson. As an MM Choral Conducting student, he also served as the Choral Graduate Assistant, conducted the Men’s Chorus, and assisted extensively with the KSU Chorale and Kent Chorus. He currently serves as Music Director at Tallmadge Lutheran Church, as well as directing the Chancel Choir and Praise Team.
Mr. Black received his B.M.E. from Ashland University and has experience teaching grades 6-12 choir and directing high school musicals. In December 2016, he premiered On Christmas Night, a cantata consisting of original arrangements for chorus and orchestra, for services at Tallmadge Lutheran Church. Some of his other choral compositions and arrangements have been performed by choirs at Kent State University and Slippery Rock University. Mr. Black has also performed solos and in choruses professionally, including a concert with Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) of Eric Whitacre’s music, directed by Whitacre in Carnegie Hall. He currently holds membership in the American Choral Directors Association and the Ohio Choral Directors Association. Mr. Black currently resides in Akron, OH, performing locally and composing in his spare time.