Kent, Ohio – New Music at Kent State will open the School of Music’s 2019-2020 concert season with celebrated percussionists Allen Otte and John Lane on Sat., Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. Presented as part of the Vanguard New Music Guest Artists Series, the duo will present “The Innocents,” music to bring understanding and awareness to the issue of wrongful conviction in the U.S. justice system. The concert is free and open to the public in Ludwig Recital Hall, Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Dr.
Saxophonist Bobby Selvaggio, Kent State's Director of Jazz Studies as well as an alumnus, continues to help invigorate Northeast Ohio's thriving Jazz scene. Earlier this year, he recorded his 11th album, Re:Invented, as leader live at one of Cleveland's premier performance venues, the Bop Stop. The album, to be released Oct. 4 by Dot Time Records, has deep Kent State connections, with several KSU faculty and alumni performing. In addition to performing, Bobby wrote and arranged most of the music on the album.
Faculty Spotlight: Bobby Selvaggio - Educator, Musician and Band Leader
Dr. Adam Roberts, Assistant Professor of Music Composition, has received the Farris Family Innovation Award to fund the recording of recently composed and forthcoming works. He is one of two recipients of this fellowship in the College of the Arts. This prestigious award is given to tenure-track faculty who are not yet tenured to support their research endeavors. Funding is provided for up to three years, totaling $24,000.
Kent, Ohio – The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University is pleased to announce alumna Dr. Kate Ferguson as the Interim Director of Athletic Bands and Associate Director of Bands effective this month. A native of Ohio, Dr. Ferguson most recently served as the Director of Bands at the Akron School for the Arts, housed at Firestone High School. At Kent State, she will provide musical and administrative leadership for the Marching Golden Flashes and Flasher Brass.
Future music educator, composer and oboist Scott Little (BM ‘19) has led a varied college career while at the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music. During his time as a Music Education major, he has studied oboe with Prof. Danna Sundet as well as composition with both Dr. Adam Roberts and Dr. Frank Wiley. Scott’s also managed to squeeze in some extra lessons, such as voice lessons with Dr.
Kent, Ohio – After a national search, the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music and the College of the Arts at Kent State University are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kent McWilliams as the next Director of the School of Music. Formerly, Dr. McWilliams served as a Professor of Music and Associate Dean of Fine Arts at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Dr. McWilliams began his role as Director at Kent State on July 1, 2019.
Ohio-native and clarinetist Abbey Davis is currently pursuing her B.A. in Music with a minor in Non-Profit Studies. During the academic year, she studies clarinet with Amitai Vardi and performs in several ensembles, including the Kent State Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, New Music Ensemble and Clarinet Choir. She is also an active member of the Kent Clarinet Association, Kappa Kappa Psi and Delta Omicron.
Kent, Ohio – The Kent Blossom Music Festival, running June 30 through Aug. 4, and Festival Director Ricardo Sepúlveda announce the 51st concert season of Kent State University’s partnership with The Cleveland Orchestra. This year’s festival includes a 5-concert Faculty Series and a 10-concert Young Artists Series, with performances held both in Kent State’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music’s Ludwig Recital Hall and venues in Hudson and Ravenna.
Recent vocal performance alumna Alexis Hill (BM '19) plans to return in the Fall 2019 semester to continue her education at Kent State University’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music. She will pursue a Masters of Arts degree in Ethnomusicology on a full assistantship, which includes a significant stipend and tuition remission. As part of her assistantship, she will be teaching the undergraduate course Music as a World Phenomenon and also doing independent research on music.