Student, Alumni and Faculty News | May 2019

Student News

Senior Music Education major Montana Hollis has joined the renowned Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps as Tour Assistant for their Summer 2019 season. As a member of the administrative team, she will help facilitate the corps’ logistical needs. This exciting opportunity will also allow Montana to network with musicians and educators nationwide.

Percussionist Charlotte Daugherty, a senior Music Education major, is also a 2019 member of the Phantom Regiment. Additionally, former School of Music faculty member Cory Doran is the Front Ensemble Coordinator and alumnus Rob Ferguson (BM ‘97, MM ‘99) is Percussion Arranger and Percussion Caption Head.


Current wind band conducting graduate student Sarah K. Kois (MM ‘20) was recently awarded the Wayne D. Gorder Award, a distinction given by the Kent State Bands to an exceptional graduate student. This summer, Sara will attend the conducting symposium at the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) in Kansas City, MO from June 16 - 21. While there, she will work with highly regarded clinicians Steve Davis (UMKC Director of Bands) and Damon Talley (Louisiana State University Director of Bands).

Sara is also the winner of a 2019 Mike Moss Conducting Study Grant sponsored through the College Band Directors National Association. A nationally competitive award, the grant serves underserved populations in the wind conducting field and will allow Sara to attend the Northwestern University Conducting and Wind Music Symposium in Evanston, IL from July 7-12. Clinicians include Mallory Thompson (Northwestern University Director of Bands) and Craig Kirchhoff (Professor Emeritus of conducting at the University of Minnesota).


Graduate wind band conducting student Mason Smith plans to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder Wind Conducting Symposium, June 9-15, as well as the University of Montana Conducting Workshop, July 7-11.

In Colorado, Mason will work with legendary wind band conductor H. Robert Reynolds, who holds the H. Robert Reynolds professorship at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. At the University of Montana, he will work with Allan McMurray, a nationally recognized authority on conducting pedagogy and wind repertoire. Mr. McMurray is the former Director of Bands at the University of Colorado and retired in 2013 after a 35-year long career.

Alumni News

On April 15-16, the Jazz Studies and Choral areas were pleased to host Mr. Duane Davis (MM '70) on campus for the first time since he graduated. Mr. Davis recently wrapped up at 50-year career of teaching at the middle school through the college level. He was the first African-American Chorus Master of an opera company in the United States and continues to be an active composer/arranger.

The visit was coordinated with the 1st Annual Nova Jazz Singers Invitational. Vocal jazz choirs from Glen Oak High School (Brian Kieffer and Mary Meese, directors), the Kent State Gospel Choir (Bryon Black II, director) and Vocal Intensity, a Kent State student-led a cappella group, performed at the Kent Student Center Kiva auditorium. On Tuesday, April 16, he visited with choral music education majors, toured the May 4 Museum, and rehearsed the Nova Jazz Singers.

His visit was made possible by a generous grant from the Kent State Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Faculty News

Theodore Albrecht's (Musicology) article "Beethoven's Brass Players: New Discoveries in Composer-Performer Relations," originally published in the Historic Brass Society Journal 18 (2006), has been translated into Japanese by Takashi Nakamura and published in Pipers (May, 2019). Nakamura is an internationally-known trumpeter and leads Tokyo's Trumpet and Timpani Consort.

Albrecht's recent "Beethoven and Vienna's Orchestral Musicians, (1792-1795)," translated by Ernst Kobau and appearing in the Vienna Oboe Journal 79 (December, 2018) will be reprinted in a forthcoming issue of Germany's Oboe-Fagott (Oboe-Bassoon).

POSTED: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 1:34pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 4:19pm