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. 


Faculty

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

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.


Degrees and Programs Offered

Majors

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

Minors

Music Minor Jazz Studies Minor
World Music Minor Arts Entrepreneurship Minor

Questions or Want More Information?

Contact
Liz Root
Recruitment Coordinator
eroot1@kent.edu | 330-672-2878


Scholarships, Financial Aid & Graduate Assistantships

Scholarship & Financial Aid

UNDERGRADUATE INFORMATION

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. 

SCHOOL OF MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS

  • 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?

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


KSU ORCHESTRA SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIPS

  • 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

SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS

  • $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.

ELIGIBILITY

  • 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.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS SCHOLARSHIP?

Email bands@kent.edu

Graduate Assistantships

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS OFFERED BY THE GLAUSER SCHOOL OF MUSIC  

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. 


STIPEND, TUITION WAIVER AND APPOINTMENT DETAILS

Stipend

  • 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: 8 credits per semester
  • Ph.D. Students: 9 credits per semester

Appointment

  • 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.

Learn More and View Anticipated Openings

Audition Dates and Procedures

Auditions

Overview of Audition Dates, Procedures and Requirements

Explore how you can make the Glauser School your musical home!

Who needs to audition?

  • Undergraduate Students: All students interested in any Bachelor of Music (BM) and Bachelors of Arts (BA) programs need to audition in their major performance medium (voice or instrument).
  • Graduate Students: Only those interested in pursuing a Master of Music (MM) in Performance or Conducting need to audition for admission to their program of choice. Students pursuing Master of Arts (MA) programs only need to audition if interested in applied lessons.
  • Music Minors: Those interested in pursuing a Music Minor with a general or Jazz Studies concentration must audition in their performance medium. World Music Minor students do not need to audition for admission to that minor. 
  • Non-majors: Students in other majors need to audition in their performance area if they wish to take applied lessons. 

Audition Dates and Procedures

Spring 2021 Enrollment

  • Virtual Audition Only
  • Deadline to submit the Audition Application:
    •   Friday, January 11, 11:59 p.m. EDT (US)

Fall 2021 Enrollment

  • Virtual auditions accepted during the fall 2020 semester.
  • In-person Audition Dates:
    •  Jan. 30*^: Application closes Wednesday, January 20, 11:59 p.m. EDT (US)
    •  Feb. 15*^: Application closes Friday, February 5, 11:59 p.m. EDT (US)
    • Mar. 13*: Application closes Wednesday, March 3, 11:59 p.m. EDT (US)
    • Apr. 10: Application closes Wednesday, March 31, 11:59 p.m. EDT (US)
  • If none of the dates above work, a special audition date can be arranged. 
  • Please note: In accordance with the guidance of Kent State University, the School of Music continues to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. All audition dates are subject to change.

*Prospective undergraduate students auditioning on this date will receive full music scholarship consideration.

^Prospective graduate students auditioning on this date will receive priority graduate assistantship consideration.


Follow these steps when completing your audition application

1. Click here to sign-up for an audition.

2. Audition Options

  • Virtual Audition 
    • Select "I wish to submit a recorded audition."
    • Follow the instructions for completing your recorded audition, making sure to follow the repertoire requirements for your performance medium (voice/instrument). 
  • In-person:
    • Select from the dates listed.
    • -OR-
    • Select "I am unable to attend a date listed above but wish to do an in-person audition. I will contact the School to set-up a separate date."

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS FOR UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATE ADMISSION


Undergraduate Admissions and Audition Requirements

Undergraduate Admission Requirements
String Studies and Guitar

Graduate Admissions and Audition Requirements

Graduate Admission Requirements
Strings and String Quartet