A Vibrant Community of String Players Led by Dedicated Artist-Teacher Specialists

Intensive guidance and mentorship from members of The Cleveland Orchestra, Verve Chamber Players and many other premier Northeast Ohio orchestras and chamber ensembles.


Jung-Min Amy Lee, violin Eunho Kim, violin and viola
Joanna Patterson Zakany, viola Si-Yan Darren Li, cello
Bryan Thomas, double bass  

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Lesson and Classes 

  • Lessons with dedicated artist-teachers
  • Studio classes to perform and learn from your peers
  • Chamber music and collaborative coaching 
  • Music history and theory classes add depth and enhance understanding of the music studied

Performance Opportunities

From orchestral to chamber music to solo, students have numerous opportunities to test the skills and repertoire they have been working on.

  • Required of all music majors and graduate students, recitals are a vital part of musical study. To prepare for this, students can perform in weekly studio classes, the Student Recital Series and the Performing Arts Library Open Mic days. 
  • Training in orchestral performance is an integral part of study at Kent State University. The Kent State University Orchestra performs a five to eight concert subscription series a year. Its repertoire is diverse, spanning from the Classical era to the 21st Century. The orchestra also performs with the KSU Opera every other year in fully staged productions and the Kent State Choirs every year.
  • Coached by members of the Verve Chamber Players, Omni String Quartet and The Cleveland Orchestra, chamber music is a vital part of string study at Kent State. From quartets to trios to duos, students will learn the skills necessary to work with other musicians in a more intimate setting. 
  • Students also have numerous opportunities to perform on and off-campus in area orchestras and chamber groups.

In addition to these chamber music opportunities, we offer a highly selective MM in Chamber Music for pre-formed string quartets.

Alumni Success Stories

  • Euclid Quartet, now in residence at IU-South Bend
  • Hausmann Quartet, now in residence at UC San Diego
  • Hyperion Quartet, now in residence at College of Saint Rose (Albany, NY)
  • La Catrina Quartet, now in residence at Eastern New Mexico State University
  • Telegraph Quartet (Eric Chen is a founding member), now based in San Francisco

Degrees and Programs Offered


B.A. Music Major B.M. in Composition
B.M. Music Education B.M. in Performance
M.M. in Performance M.M. in Performance: Chamber Music


Music Minor Jazz Studies Minor
World Music Minor Arts Entrepreneurship Minor

Questions or Want More Information?

Glauser School Admissions
musicadmissions@kent.edu | 330-672-2172

Scholarships, Financial Aid & Graduate Assistantships

Scholarship & Financial Aid

Undergraduate Music Scholarships 

Music majors are eligible for scholarships and other forms of financial assistance from a variety of sources.

Several of these programs are administered directly by the School of Music, others are coordinated through Student Financial Aid. It is possible to receive combined assistance from more than one source. 


  • Awarded for outstanding musicianship upon recommendation of the audition committee at the time of acceptance to the School of Music. One audition applies to both acceptance and scholarship application.
  • Scholarships range in a variety of amounts per academic year and may be available for up to four years (eight semesters) provided students meet academic and performance expectations for renewal.
  • Most of these scholarships are awarded soon after our March audition date.

Questions about School of Music Scholarships?

Dana Brown, Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies 
dabrown@kent.edu | 330-672-9236


  • Service scholarships awarded by the society in support of the activities of Kent State University Orchestra.
  • Awarded to exceptional candidates by the Orchestra Director.
  • Amount of awards vary according to talent and need and may be renewable.
  • May be awarded in addition to other School of Music Scholarships.
  • Continuation of the scholarship is based upon artistic development and fulfillment of service responsibilities.

Marching Golden Flash Award


  • $1,000 divided into two $500 installments between the fall and spring semesters.
  • Recipients must participate in ALL required activities of the Marching Golden Flashes.


  • Incoming Kent State University first-year students.
  • Past returning members of the Marching Golden Flashes.
  • Must be enrolled in classes at Kent State.
  • Open to students of ANY major at Kent State.


Email bands@kent.edu

Graduate Assistantships


The Glauser School of Music offers graduate assistantships in applied music performance, conducting, ethnomusicology, music education, string quartet and theory. Appointments begin August of the academic year. 



  • All graduate assistantships (Master’s and Ph.D.) carry a stipend.
  • Ranges: $3,750-$10,000, depending on workload and degree level.

Tuition Waiver

  • Master’s Students: 9 credits per semester
  • Ph.D. Students: 9 credits per semester


  • Graduate assistantship duties are assigned as appropriate for the student’s area of study or expertise.  
  • Workload: 10 hours (half-time) or 20 hours (full-time) per week.

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