Clinics, Workshops & Masterclasses

We regularly offer masterclasses, clinics and a variety of activities for young musicians, teachers and Northeast Ohio community members.

Explore the links below to find more information about these exciting events:

All-Star Band

The Kent State All-Star Band is an annual high school honor band opportunity hosted by the Kent State Band program

Save the date for a virtual All-Star Band on January 23, 2021!

We are excited to host an abbreviated All-Star Band experience virtually. Participants will meet our faculty, attend workshops and masterclasses, and interact with composers John Mackey and Jodie Blackshaw!

Nomination Timeline and Process

  • Late October/November 2020: Nomination forms for the 2021 All-Star Band will be emailed to local band directors and is now available here.

  • November 20: Nominations are due.

  • December 7: Band directors will be notified of student acceptances by this date.

  • December 18: Students will need to confirm their participation.


  • Free to all accepted students.


  • The virtual event will take place between 10am and 1pm. A detailed schedule will be released at a later date.

Nomination Form

Click Here!


All-Star Choir Festival

The KSU All-Star Choir Festival is a two-day choral leadership workshop.

Due to COVID-19, All-Star Choir will not be held this year. Please stay tuned for information about 2021!

Many of Ohio's finest high school singers and directors will come together and enjoy two days of intensive choral rehearsals,  sectionals, panel discussions and performances. The festival is held both in beautiful downtown Kent at the KSU Hotel & Conference Center and at Kent State University music performance venues. There is no advanced preparation necessary—singers will receive music upon arrival! Private vocal coaching sessions with KSU voice faculty are available. Come be a part of this amazing choral/vocal experience at KSU!

Featured Choir



Participation in the All-Star Choir Festival is open to high school students of sophomore, junior, or senior standing with proven excellence in choral experience. High School Choral Directors can nominate up to 10 students from their program based on vocal ability, character, and leadership potential. Acceptance will be based on available space—an acceptable balance between sections is preferred.

All directors are welcome to attend and encouraged to participate in festival events!


  • $45 registration fee per student (includes t-shirt, music packet with folder, transportation,  accompanist fees, and snacks).
  • $5 per student for optional vocal coaching sessions (Juniors & Seniors only - see Nomination Form).
  • $30 per student for optional overnight housing (price based on a 4-person room).
    • Participants who require overnight housing must include an additional $30 to cover room expense. This price is based on students being in a four-person room. Price may vary based on the number of students needing housing accommodations. Directors should contact the Kent State Hotel and Conference Center to book rooms under the ASCF block at 330-346-0100. A continental breakfast will be provided.

Send no fees now! Participants will be notified of acceptance. Fees must be paid in full before arrival in order to participate.

IMPORTANT: Each school must abide by their own district's policies on chaperoning for the overnight stay! Chaperones will be responsible for booking their own rooms. Kent State University and the All-Star Choir Festival do not accept responsibility for students staying overnight. All students staying at the KSU Hotel must have a Chaperone PRESENT at the time of check-in. Students without a responsible adult will not be allowed to check in. No exceptions.

Nomination Form instructions

1. Download and fill out the nomination form on Excel. Due Sept. 13!

  • You may nominate a maximum of ten students.
  • Carefully consider vocal ability, character, leadership potential, and sight-reading ability. Please do not nominate students with little or no sight-reading ability.
  • Help us balance the All-Star Choir by nominating students from all voice types if possible.
  • IMPORTANT: Please rank all nominees in order of overall ability. Please rank students carefully, as all nominees may not necessarily be selected to participate.
  • Please inform nominees of the following and indicate interest on the nomination form:

Optional Vocal Coaching Session* (JUNIORS & SENIORS ONLY): Students must come prepared with an art song appropriate for solo and ensemble contest. If the piece is memorized, the student may be selected to perform on the final concert. *There is an additional $5 fee for the 15-minute vocal coaching sessions.

2. Registration information will be available in July/August.

download the nomination Form  


Click here to view

*Attire for the final concert is your ASCF t-shirt and nice blue jeans. No holey jeans or leggings, please!

Rehearsal Breaks: "The Vocal Professional"
10-minute talks on vocal/choral careers by KSU faculty members


Mr. Jesse Reed
Kent State Choirs Graduate Assistant
P: 330-672-2271

Dr. Scott MacPherson
Director of Choral Activities
P: 330-672-2909

Brass Day

Kent State Brass Day welcomes students from across Ohio for a day of intensive Brass ensemble rehearsals, clinics, and performance demonstrations.

Stay tuned for information about 2021!




Kent State Brass Faculty:
Michael Chunn and Jack Brndiar, trumpets
Kent Larmee, horn
David Mitchell, trombone/euphonium
Kenneth Heinlein, tuba

Click here for more information about the Kent Brass Quintet

2019 Schedule:

8:30-9:30       Registration (Ludwig Recital Hall Lobby, Center for the Performing Arts)

9:30               Welcome & Opening Performance Kent Brass Quintet (Ludwig Recital Hall)

10:15              Individual Instrument Clinics/Warm-up with KSU Brass Faculty

11:00              Brass Ensemble Rehearsal (Ludwig Recital Hall)  

12:30-2:00      Lunch* & Visit Exhibitor’s Displays (E112)
                       Woodsy’s Music & Royalton Music Center

2:00                Monarch Brass Quintet Performance (Ludwig Recital Hall)

3:00                Individual Instrument Clinics with Monarch Brass Quintet (Ludwig Recital Hall)

4:00                Brass Ensemble Rehearsal (Ludwig Recital Hall)                   

5:00-6:30       Dinner* & Visit Exhibitor’s Displays (E112)

                                                Woodsy’s Music & Royalton Music Center

6:30                Final Brass Day Concert (Ludwig Recital Hall)

                                    Brass Ensemble Performance side by side with faculty

                                     Joint Performance of Monarch & Kent Brass Quintets

Open to the public – parents and all interested parties invited


Click here to register

An email to pay the $25 fee will be sent to you after you complete the registration form. 

For more information, contact:

Kent Larmee | Brass Division Coordinator, Horn | 330-672-6278,

Michael Chunn | Professor, Trumpet | 330-672-9234,

David Mitchell | Assistant Professor, Trombone/Euphonium | 330-672-5255,


Clarinet Day

The Kent State University Clarinet Day will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019.

Stay tuned for information about 2021!


Eli Eban
Professor of Clarinet
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Learn more

Amitai Vardi
Assistant Professor of Clarinet
Kent State University Hugh A. Glauser School of Music
Learn more

Participation in Clarinet Day includes:

  • Welcome packet with clarinet swag
  • Full access to all clinics and workshops
  • Access to masterclasses and guest recital
  • Full access to vendor exhibits
  • Participation in the clarinet choir rehearsals and performance

Questions and more information?

Amitai Vardi
Kent State Professor of Clarinet


Click to register

Registration Deadline: Oct. 25

Fee Payment

$25 (all-inclusive)

Please click on this link and pay under "Academic Events --> Clarinet Day"

2019 schedule


8:30 | Registration

9:00-9:30 | Welcome & Warm-up

9:30-10:15 | Clarinet Choir sectionals

10:15-10:45 | Break & visit the vendors

10:45-11:45 | Masterclass with Amitai Vardi 

11:45 | Lunch & visit the vendors


1:15-2:00 | Eli Eban recital

2:00-2:30 | Break & visit the vendors

2:30-4:30 | Masterclass and Q&A with guest artist Eli Eban

4:30-5:00 | Break and visit the vendors

5:00-5:45 | Clarinet Choir Dress Rehearsal

6:00 | Clarinet Choir Concert in Ludwig Recital Hall


High School Band Day

Experience what it's like to be a member of Kent State's Flasher Brass on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020!

Spend the day as a member of the Flasher Brass! Join the Kent State University Flasher and Director Dr. Kate Ferguson on Sat., Feb. 22 to experience the excitement of KSU Men's Basketball. 

All students and band directors are invited to attend this event.


Click here to register

Registration Deadline: Feb. 14, 2020


Call 330-672-0080


2:00 PM: Arrive and eat with the Flasher Brass
3:30 PM: Game tip-off

Full schedule and more information will be sent Feb. 18!

Fab Friday

Bring your middle or high school band, choir, or orchestra to Kent State!

Spend a fabulous Friday at Kent State University! Fab Friday is a program of our Music Education Division and School of Music Ensembles which welcomes young ensembles from across Northeast Ohio for a morning of rehearsals, sectionals, and clinics.

We're currently accepting ensembles for the 2019-2020 academic year!

Sample Schedule

8:30 AM Arrive at the School of Music

9:00 AM Packing Your Toolbox: Ensemble warm-up/rehearsal led by visiting Director who also shares their best rehearsal strategies with current Kent State Music Education students. 

9:30 AM Sectional work with Kent State faculty and Music Education students

10:30 AM Kent State chamber music ensemble performance

10:45 AM Kent State Music Education students work with the visiting ensemble

11:15 AM Kent State faculty member works with the visiting ensemble

12:00 PM Departure


Not only is this a great experience for your students to work with our faculty and students, it's also an opportunity for the visiting Director to share their knowledge and insights as an educator with our currently enrolled Music Education students. In addition to "Packing Your Toolbox" session, there is also the opportunity available to meet with Kent State Music Education majors for a more in-depth conversation. 

Let us know you're interested!

Fill out the inquiry form here



Horn Day

Kent State Horn Day

Stay tuned for informaiton about 2021!

When and where


Who can attend?

Open to ALL horn players. 

Kent State Faculty and Guest Artist

Kent Larmee
Associate Professor of Horn, Kent State
Read Bio

Alan DeMattia
Cleveland Orchestra Section Horn
Kent State University Alumnus
Read Bio

Tentative 2020 Schedule

Coming soon!


Register Here

Deadline: Friday, April 3 at 11:59 p.m.

Registration Fee: $25 (page after registration)

Jazz Invitational

The Kent state Jazz Invitational is a day-long event of workshops, rehearsals and clinics for Northeast Ohio high school Jazz students!

Stay tuned for information about 2021/22!


Kent Wind Band Conductor’s Symposium

The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University invites you to participate in the Kent Wind Band Conductor’s Symposium.

Please note: The Symposium will be postponed until 2021. Please check back for updates for next year's event!

Featured Guest Conductor


Kent State Clinicians


Who can participate?

  • Conductors of all levels are encouraged to participate in this transformative workshop!
  • Participant Slots
    • Work directly with the clinicians
    • Limited number: first come, first served
    • Fee: $225
  • Auditor slots
    • Observe all clinics
    • Free



Symposium Payment


Housing and Transportation 

Key Notes: Piano Masterclasses, Seminars & Concert

Key Notes: A Two-Day Virtual Event for Pre-college Pianists

Join us Nov. 14 for Masterclasses and Seminars and then Nov. 15 for a performance featuring the KSU Piano Division

Faculty Schedule Register

Key Notes is a new virtual workshop designed for pre-college pianists offered by Glauser School of Music piano faculty. This free, two-day event includes masterclasses and seminars covering interesting and helpful topics to advance a young musician’s understanding and approach to piano playing. Topics include “Practice Strategies” and “The Life of a Pianist,” which includes a panel of alumni and current Kent State discussing their KSU experience. Key Notes will conclude with a live streamed concert on Sunday, November 15—one of this season’s four Kent Keyboard Series concerts—featuring the students of Kent State’s Piano Division and hosted by the piano faculty.

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Donna Lee

Dr. Andrew Le


Nov. 14, 2020

10:00-10:30 a.m. Welcome

10:30 a.m.-12:00p.m. Master Class I

12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch break

1:00-2:30 p.m. Master Class II

2:30-3:30 p.m. Seminar (“Practicing Strategies”) followed by Q&A

3:30-4:30 p.m. Alumni and Current Piano Majors: Reflection on the Kent State Experience

Nov. 15

5 p.m. Concert

Watch Here


Register Here

The deadline is Nov. 11 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. 

Nova Jazz Singers Invitational

Kent State's Nova Jazz Singers Vocal Jazz Invitational 

The Second Annual Invitational will be held April 13, 2020.

More details soon!


Open House

Experience Kent State's School of Music for yourself—virtually in 2020!

This year, Open House takes on a new form as a multi-day series of events held throughout November!

  • Short, 45-minute sessions where YOU get to meet and chat with faculty and students from the programs you're most interested in.
  • Prospective undergraduate and graduate students, their families and educators are invited to join us for these sessions. 

Schedule of Events

Preview KSU!
Saturday, Nov. 7

We kick-off our month in partnership with Kent State Admissions, joining them for Preview KSU! You'll get an inside, comprehensive look at what it's like to be a Flash AND there's a session entirely devoted to the Glauser School of Music, part of the College of the Arts, at 12 p.m. EDT. 

Register Here

Ensembles Session 1: Opera and Bands
Monday, Nov. 9: 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.

  • Opera Faculty: Jay White, Marla Berg
  • Bands Faculty: Wendy Matthews, Darin Olson

Register Here 

Majors Session 1: Music Education and Jazz Studies & Ensembles
Tuesday, November 10: 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.

  • Music Education Faculty: Jay Dorfman
  • Jazz Studies Faculty: Bobby Selvaggio

Register Here

Ensembles Session 2: Choirs, Orchestra, and World Music Ensembles

Thursday, Nov. 12: 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

  • Choirs Faculty: Bryon Black
  • Orchestra Faculty: Jungho Kim
  • World Ensemble Faculty: Janine Tiffe

Register Here

Majors Session 2: Performance and Composition
Friday, November 13: 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.

  • Performance Faculty: Donna Lee, Tim Culver, Perry Roth, Drew Le
  • Composition Faculty: Adam Roberts

Register Here

Audition Tips and Tricks Session
Monday, November 16: 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

  • Faculty: Danna Sundet, Amanda Bekeny, Donna Lee, Tim Culver

Register Here

Glauser School of Alumni Panel: Chat with Alumni from Your Area of Interest
Thursday, November 19: 7:00 - 7:45 p.m.

  • Guest panelists:
    • John DiCesare, Principal Tuba for the Seattle Symphony and Artist in Residence for Trombone/Tuba at the University of Washington
    • Ricardo Sepúlveda, Director of the Kent Blossom Music Festival
    • Todd Goodman, Composer and Faculty of the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School
    • Jordan Provost, Music Teacher at Fortune School
    • Christine Worthing, Visiting Assistant Professor of Horn at Illinois Wesleyan University

Register Here

Questions or need help registering?

Liz Root
Recruitment Coordinator | 330-672-2878

Saxophone Day

Learn more about how to join us for the Kent State Saxophone Day

Save the date for a virtual Saxophone Day Nov. 22, 2020!

We're offering an abbreviated Saxophone Day experience virtually. Participants will work with our faculty, hear performances and meet fellow saxophonists from around the country. 

Who can attend? The Experience Faculty Schedule Registration Questions?

Who can attend?

  • The event is open to all saxophonists, regardless of age or ability level.
  • Two different tracks for Classical and Jazz specialists. 
  • Music Educators are welcome to attend.

What you'll experience:

  • Performances
  • Masterclasses
  • Information sessions with faculty and students. 

Who you'll work with:

Perry Roth (Classical Track)
Instructor of Saxophone

Bobby Selvaggio (Jazz Track)
Director of Jazz Studies



  • 2 p.m. - Welcome
  • 2:15 p.m. - Group warmup
  • 2:30 p.m. - Fundamentals Class
  • 2:45 p.m. - Practice Strategies and Finding Motivation to Practice During the Pandemic 
  • 3 p.m. - Masterclass
  • 4 p.m. - Student Showcase and Faculty Recital


  • 2 p.m. – Welcome 
  • 2:15 p.m. – Group Warmup 
  • 2:30 p.m. – Jazz Fundamentals and the Improvisational Driven Process 
  • 3:00 p.m. – Masterclass: Situational Practicing and Freeing Yourself 
  • 4:00 p.m. – Student and Faculty Showcase 


Register Here

The deadline is Nov. 18 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. 


For questions or more information please contact Perry Roth at

String Audition Clinic

Kent State String Audition Clinic

When and where

A new, virtual event is anticipated for spring 2021!

Who can attend?

Open to ALL high school string students interested in refining their audition skills.



Tentative 2020 Schedule

  • 9:30 am: Sign-in for participants
  • 10:00 am: Greeting from Dr. Kim
  • 10:15 am: Session 1 – Scale Class Sectionals
  • 11:05 am: Break/Transition to new rooms
  • 11:15 am Session 2 – Masterclass
    • To be considered to perform, submit a video audition to Dr. Kim at
  • 12:05 pm: Break and snacks
  • 12:30 pm: Session 3 – Sectionals on Excerpts
  • 1:30 pm: Orchestral Sight-Reading with Dr. Kim
  • 2:00 pm: Closing remarks and dismissal


Register Here

Deadline: Friday, April 3 at 11:59 p.m.

Free event


We'll be using the Regional Orchestra Audition excerpt and etude as a common base for all participants.


Dr. Jungho Kim, Director of Orchestra | 330-672-2172