Student, Alumni and Faculty News | April 2019

Student News

Kent State Music Education PHD candidate Beth Ann Hepburn recently conducted the Gwinnett County (GA) Elementary Honor Chorus. Students gathered from across the county for the March 23 event. In addition to her doctoral work at Kent State, Beth Ann is currently a choral director in the Streetsboro City Schools. She holds the distinction of Master Teacher from the State of Ohio and serves as OMEA - Ohio's professional development chair for general music.

View the concert program here.

On March 23 and 24, graduate students enrolled in our Ethnomusicology program presented several papers at the Midwest chapter meeting for the Society for Ethnomusicology in Dayton, Ohio. Presenters and their topics included:

Nicole Muffitt
"South Asian Fusion A Cappella: Competing for Identity"

Yuan Ni
"The Development Trend of the Erhu Virtuosos After the Twentieth Century in the Perspective of Gender"

Niousha Eslachi
"Beyond the Water: How Pronunciation Affects Melody in the 'Water's Birthday' Celebration in Ahmand-Abad, Iran"

Kevin Wilson
"Uniting Musical Traditions: Indonesian Identity in Symphonic Orchestra Repertoire"

Undergraduate vocal major, Alexis Hill, led a workshop with her faculty mentor, Dr. Janine Tiffe, titled, "South African Gumboots: The Making of "Halim El-Daboots,"

Division Coordinator Dr. Andrew Shahriari and Emeritus faculty member Dr. Terry Miller also presented papers. Dr. Shahriari presented his paper titled "Strength in Silence: A Reflexive Analysis of My Ethnomusicology and Autism." Dr. Terry Miller presented his paper titled "UNESCO’s Designation of ‘Khaen Music of the Lao People’: An Intersection of Culture, History, and Politics.”


Alumni News

Composer and Kent State alumnus James Wilding (PHD) releases new album “Pictures” on the international Filia Mundi Label. The album features new solo piano works written and performed by the composer. Each composition is based on real and imagined images. A private album release party was held on April 4 at the Steinway Piano Gallery, Cleveland and included preview performances of several of the album’s tracks.

Laurel Myers Hurst (BA ‘92, MA in Ethnomusicology ‘10) has been accepted into The Ohio State University’s grad-entry Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. Through a cognitive ethnomusicology project at the PHD level, she will extend research on the benefits of participation in melorhythmic drumming begun at Kent State under the guidance of professors Kazadi wa Mukuna, Linda Walker Angotti (Emerita) and Chaz Baker (Emeritus). Through this program, Hurst joins the global leader in evidence-based nursing practice with unique insight gained through Kent State’s diverse performance ensembles.

Alumna Amy (Wooley) Bertleff (BM ‘12, MA ‘15) currently teaches band and general music at Bolich Middle School. Recently, she began her PHD studies at Kent State in Educational Psychology. Considered one of the top programs in Ohio of its kind, the interdisciplinary PHD degree in Educational Psychology (within the Department of Psychological Sciences) provides advanced study in the principles of human cognition, learning and development.

Five Kent State Music Education program alumni have been elected as Ohio Music Education Association Officers:

  • Terri Lenzo (PHD ‘14), Editor of TRIAD

  • Benjamin Lupo (MM ‘17), President-Elect of District 1

  • Megan Arnica (BM ‘10), Secretary/Treasurer of District 4

  • Brandon DuVall (BM ‘01, ME ‘09), President-Elect of District 7

  • Anthony Springer (MM ‘12), EC Region Secretary/Treasurer


Faculty News

Dr. Jungho Kim, Director of Orchestra, spent Spring Break, March 22-April 1, guest conducting and teaching throughout France. His two major stops included the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole. Both are important music schools, producing many of today’s leading classical concert artists and teachers.

Learn more about the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris here.

Learn more about the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole here.

Diane McCloskey-Recher (Flute) hosted flutist Adrianne Greenbaum for a masterclass on Fri., March 22. Greenbaum is currently on the faculty of Mount Holyoke College (Mass.) and is considered a pioneer of the klezmer flute tradition. An acclaimed classical flutist and period performance expert, she has an enjoyed a diverse decades-long career as soloist, orchestral musician, teacher and clinician.

Masterclass Performers and Works

Sonata in A minor Wq 132 by C.P.E. Bach
I. Poco adagio
-Katherine Kline, undergraduate

Nocturne and Allegro Scherzando by Philippe Gaubert
-Jessica Brind, undergraduate

Sonate by Jindřich Feld
I. Allegro giocoso
-Suyeon Park, graduate


School of Music News

The Kent Chorale, the School of Music’s flagship choral ensemble, visited several high schools in Northeast Ohio March 21-22. These included Tallmadge High School, Cuyahoga Falls High School, Waterloo High School, Revere High School, and Roosevelt High School. Every Spring Semester, the Chorale, Directed by Dr. Scott MacPherson, the Chorale tours regionally or nationally. Recent tours have brought the ensemble to New York, Washington DC and Chicago.

Learn more about the Chorale here.

On Sat., Apr. 13, the Kent State University Orchestra Society hosted the 44th Annual Evening with the Orchestra. The event, which raises scholarships funds for students in the Kent State Orchestra, welcomed nearly 300 guests for an evening of dinner, drinks and music. Graduate conducting students Karen Ni Bhroin and Tori Petrak led the orchestra during the concert portion alongside their mentor, Dr. Jungho Kim. Dr. Saroj Sutaria, the 2018 winner of the Conduct the Orchestra Auction, made her conducting debut.

Performers during the Social Hour:

The New Horizons Quartet (made up of Kent State Jazz Studies students)
-Eric Vasquez, saxophone
-Stephen Kuhn, guitar
-Evan Baker, bass
-Mark Butto, drums

2019 Leopold Sipe Award Recipient

-Ian Daugherty, oboe

2019 Conduct the Orchestra Auction Winner

-David Dix
-This is second time winning the auction and he will appear with the orchestra at the 2020 event.

Click here to learn more about the Kent State Orchestra

POSTED: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 3:16pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 3:20pm