Equal parts knowledgeable, healthy voice instruction; solid, interesting course offerings and unique, exciting performance opportunities make a reputable, solid voice program.

Within a student-centered curriculum and environment, we strive to nurture the development of each student's unique voice. Our degree programs provide a comprehensive study of vocal instruction and pedagogy, as well as performance effectiveness, repertory and vocal health.

An Outstanding Faculty

Because of their diverse careers, backgrounds and interests, Kent State University’s voice faculty brings a wide variety of strengths to the world of vocal instruction.  Their combined one hundred years of study, instruction and performing provide teaching and ideas uncommon in most university settings. 

Marla Berg Timothy Culver, Division Coordinator
Kishna Fowler Maria Jacobs-Schaber, Jazz Voice
Sandra Ross Lara Troyer
Jay White  

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Stimulating Course Offerings

As a fully accredited institution, Kent State offers standard courses, such as Vocal Pedagogy, Singer’s Diction and Vocal Literature.  In addition, the faculty is also actively engaged in creating courses outside of these which are beneficial to the students and showcase the unique talents and interests of the faculty.  In the past, students have had the opportunity to enroll in American Song Literature, Audition Techniques, Baroque Ornamentation and a class on Fach entitled “A Guide to Operatic Arias”.   

Distinctive Performances

Each year, the voice and opera departments work collaboratively to create singing engagements both on and off the university campus.  In the recent past, Kent State has partnered with Cleveland Opera Theatre and Solon Center for the Arts in performances of I Pagliacci, Madama Butterfly, La Traviata and Il Tabarro.  

Within the School of Music, we offer a scenes program every fall allowing singers to focus on stagecraft and the art of learning operatic repertoire.  Each spring, we alternate between a fully-staged opera production complete with orchestra, costumes and sets and a musical operatic recital showcasing our students alongside faculty and alumni. Additionally, we present smaller, chamber and children’s operas which are toured throughout the region.  These educational presentations are done in area schools to teach young art lovers about the wonder and beauty of opera’s four hundred year history.

Degrees and Programs Offered


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


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?

H. Gerrey Noh, Undergraduate Studies Coordinator
hnoh@kent.edu | 330-672-2397


  • 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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