Kent State University Hugh A. Glauser School of Music Welcomes Several New Faculty
This fall, the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music welcomes several new, outstanding faculty members to its nationally recognized roster including Matthew Holm, Director of Percussion Studies; Jungho Kim, Director of Orchestra; Joanna Patterson Zakany, viola; and Kristin Coen-Mishlan, Music Education. The School of Music is also proud to announce that, Amitai Vardi, previously part-time, has joined the faculty as the full-time Assistant Professor of Clarinet.
“I am happy to welcome these new faculty members to our School of Music,” said Dr. Jane Dressler, Interim Director of the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music. “Each brings an individual set of accomplishments and experiences that will inspire our students as they fill their days with listening, studying, practicing and rehearsal. Please join us as we become acquainted with all of our new performers and educators!”
Matthew Holm, D.M.A. from Arizona State University, comes to Kent State University from Texas where he was an instructor of percussion studies at Lamar University. He has extensive experience in teaching, including previous positions with Sam Houston State University and Arizona State University. In addition to these teaching positions, he has worked as a drumline director/arranger and with numerous high school groups. An avid performer, he has appeared with the Pheonix Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra as well as numerous chamber ensembles as a concert marimbist.
Jungho Kim, D.M.A. from the Eastman School of Music, comes to the School of Music from South Dakota where he was the Director of Orchestra at Augustana University. After earning two masters degrees in violin performance and orchestral conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, he was appointed as associate conductor of the Sioux City Symphony. He has conducted orchestras nationally and internationally including the Omaha Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada, among others.
Violist Joanna Patterson Zakany joined the viola section The Cleveland Orchestra’s in 2006 and is a member of the Omni String Quartet as well as Ensemble HD. She earned her undergraduate degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Cleveland Orchestra principal violist Robert Vernon. Her experience as principal player and soloist is extensive, including engagements with the L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Philharmonic and Federal Way Symphony, among others. She has also served on the faculty of Cleveland State University.
For additional information on our faculty, programs and events, please visit our website at www.kent.edu/music.