Dressler to Serve as Interim Director of Kent State’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music
Kent, Ohio – Kent State University’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music is proud to announce that Jane Dressler will serve as the Interim Director for the 2017-18 academic year. Prior to assuming the Interim Director position, she has served on the voice faculty at Kent State University for 30 years. She has served as the coordinator for the voice division and has regularly held membership on School of Music, College of the Arts and Kent State University committees.
“I am extremely grateful to Dr. Dressler for taking on this important role. Her excellent organizational skills, sense of diplomacy, and great communication and interpersonal skills make her the ideal candidate for this position,” said Dr. John R. Crawford-Spinelli, Dean of the College of the Arts at Kent State University.
Dressler is a distinguished teacher, performer and researcher. Her students have achieved success at the regional and national level, taking prizes at the Ohio National Association of Teachers of Singing and the American Traditions Competition (Savannah, GA). Her students have also gone on to perform with the Ohio Light Opera Company, the Dayton Opera and the Chicago Light Opera Works. In addition to her voice studio at Kent State University, Dressler teaches voice-related courses in diction, literature and pedagogy. Fusing the roles of performer and researcher, the soprano presented the national premiere of “My Ántonia,” a song cycle written for her by American composer Libby Larsen. The premiere took place as part of a lecture recital titled “Willa Cather: Her World of Music” at the International Seminar on Willa Cather 2000 in Nebraska City, Nebraska. Dressler publishes essays on Willa Cather’s writings about music and musicians and regularly presents papers and moderates panels at national and international Willa Cather conferences.
“I want to thank my colleagues for their support, and I look forward to another exciting concert season in the School of Music,” said Dressler. “Come and enjoy one of our performances this year!”
About the School of Music: The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University is one of the most distinguished schools of music in the Midwest. The school offers a wide variety of opportunities for both music majors and non-majors through our courses and ensembles. Music Education is a vital and central part of the School of Music at Kent State. With in-depth preparation and exposure in pedagogy and musicianship, our students are eager and ready to embark upon the field of teaching. Concentrations in performance and composition are also available and include study with our distinguished applied and academic faculty. In addition, the school hosts the Kent/Blossom Music Festival, among the most respected summer professional training festivals in the country.