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Monday, May 16, 2022 - 2:34pm
The full Kent Blossom Music Festival experience is back, presenting a full season of concerts featuring festival faculty and young artists studying at the festival. The 54 year-old partnership between Kent State University and The Cleveland Orchestra is a five-week, immersive cel...
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - 12:14pm
Professor of Ethnomusicology and Director of the African Ensemble, Dr. Kazadi wa Mukuna will retire from Kent State University this summer. 
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - 12:11pm
Associate professor Dana Brown will retire from Kent State University this summer. Dana Brown served the School of Music in a variety of non-teaching and teaching duties. As Assistant to the Director, Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies, Coordinator of Class Piano, music scholar...
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - 11:59am
Richard Devore, Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition in the School of Music, will retire this summer. 
Monday, April 18, 2022 - 11:24am
Kent, Ohio — After a national search, the Glauser School of Music and the College of the Arts at Kent State University announce the appointment of Benjamin Lorenzo, D.M.A., as the next director of bands. He will join the School of Music faculty in the fall 2022 semester.
Thursday, April 14, 2022 - 12:27pm
Kent State student Stephen Stavnicky won the brass portion of Tuesday Musical's 2022 Annual Scholarship Competition, earning the $2,000 Arden J. Yockey Scholarship. He performed the first movement of Franz Joseph Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Major, the first movement of Son...
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 - 3:22pm
The Kent State Youth Winds ensemble is having live auditions for its ‘22-23 season on Sunday, May 1, 2022  and Tuesday, May 10, 2022 in the Glauser School of Music at the...

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Mar. 21, 2022

The Glauser School of Music is offering 8 free tickets to the next six Cleveland Orchestra concerts.

Mar. 08, 2022

Rachel Portman is an award-winning and trailblazing composer who has written music for film, television, theatre and opera. 

Feb. 07, 2022

Often referred to as the “Dean of Black Women Composers,” Undine Smith Moore was born the grandchild of slaves. She started her piano studies at age 7 and eventually went on to study piano and organ at Fisk University, a historically black college.

Jan. 21, 2022

On January 14, 2022, the second edition of the “Theory and Practice of Technology-Based Music Instruction” was released in print and electronic forms

Dec. 14, 2021

It's a busy December for Professor of Voice Jay White, with engagements in Cleveland and New York City—including Apollo's Fire and the New York Philharmonic. 

Dec. 13, 2021

On Saturday, Dec. 4 the Kent State University Orchestra hosted the final round of the Glauser School of Music Concerto Competition. An annual event, the competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate music students who won the preliminary round in their category. The winners will be featured on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022 during the KSU Orchestra concert at 3 p.m. that day.

Nov. 30, 2021

We're looking for our next Director of Bands! This is a full-time, tenure-track 9-month faculty position. 

Sep. 28, 2021

Alumnus Tiago Delgado recently joined the faculty at Memorial University of Newfoundland as an instructor teaching clarinet and saxophone. Alongside his one-year faculty appointment, Delgado—a native of Brazil—is completing his doctoral studies at the University of Toronto where he’s also a teaching assistant.

Sep. 28, 2021

This fall, Kent State alumnus Omar Roy, D.M.A., joined the University of South Carolina as assistant professor of piano and piano pedagogy. There, he teaches applied piano and coordinates group piano classes.

Sep. 12, 2021

Pianist, Steinway Artist and Division Coordinator Donna Lee, D.M.A., was recently announced as a finalist for the 55th Annual Kent State University Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award.

Sep. 08, 2021

Over the summer, Jay Dorfman’s, Ph.D., paper titled “Project Peer Assessment in a Preservice Music Technology Course” appeared in Contributions to Music Education, a peer-reviewed research journal of the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA). The study was conducted with Kent State students in the Music Technology for Music Educators class. Each student was given the opportunity to provide feedback on creative projects produced by their classmates. Dorfman then compared their evaluations with his own to see how they lined up.

Jul. 08, 2021

Wendy Matthews, Kent State associate professor of music education and director of bands, is included in Routledge’s International Handbook of Music Psychology in Education and the Community.

Jun. 28, 2021

"Infusing Creativity Into Your Next Ensemble Rehearsal" is a reprint of an article written for NAfME by Kent State faculty member Dr. Wendy K. Matthews, Ph.D. student BethAnn Hepburn and friend of the School of Music Dr. Elizabeth Hankins. 

May. 14, 2021

Jazz Studies faculty member Chris Coles' "Nine Lives Project" was recently accepted as the subject of a roundtable discussion for a virtual conference in Dublin, Ireland. The discussion, hosted by Chris Coles, fellow Jazz Studies faculty member Theron Brown, and other collaborators, will center on the work as a means of protest, self-reflection and action. 

May. 14, 2021

Quire Cleveland Artistic Director Jay White, Glauser School of Music voice faculty member, recently announced the return of the ensemble to live performance for the fall 2021-2022 season. White recently sat down with Cleveland-based radio station WCLV  and host Bill O'Connel to talk about the upcoming season and reflect on the past year. Listen to the interview at the link below and also check out the details of the freshly announced season.

May. 14, 2021

Recent grad to teach at Northwest High School.

May. 07, 2021

Fall 2021 audition placement materials and information for the Kent State University Bands and Orchestra are now available to to view and download.

Apr. 30, 2021

Amanda Bekeny recently joined Casidy Reed, the creator and host of the "Music HERstory Podcast," to chat about her equity, life and career, balancing an active teaching and performing career, and more. 

Apr. 30, 2021

Joshua Albrecht, assistant professor of music theory in the Glauser School, recently appeared on WAMC's "The Academic Minute" as part of a weeklong feature on Kent State University's Brain Heath Research Institute. 

Apr. 12, 2021

Kishna Fowler recently appeared on an episode of “Conversations with Carl”—a YouTube series hosted by Cleveland Pops Orchestra conductor Carl Topilow.

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