Release Date: January 19, 2007
Kennesaw State music department ready to impress at state conference
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KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 19, 2007)—The Kennesaw State University Department of Music is taking its talent on the road next week; more than 100 participants, including students, staff and , will perform and/or present at the Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference in Savannah, Jan. 25-27. They include Ivana Sri of Powder Springs, who will perform as winner of the 2006 GMEA piano division recital competition, and the KSU Wind Ensemble, which will perform a full concert on Jan. 26.
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The KSU Wind Ensemble (above) and piano student Ivana Sri (below) will perform during the 2007 GMEA Conference in Savannah.
GMEA unites music educators in powerful ways. From jazz educators to classical pianists, from teachers of toddlers to university educators, more than 3,000 musicians come together in Savannah annually to sustain music in our schools. “KSU is proud to contribute to the 2007 In-Service,” said Peter Witte, chair of the KSU Department of Music.
During the conference, Witte and fellow KSU member Michael Alexander, director of orchestras, will present conducting clinics. Kennesaw State’s director of choral activities, Leslie Blackwell, will present a choral clinic; her elite KSU Men’s Ensemble will assist her.
Other members, saxophonist Sam Skelton and violinist Helen Kim, will perform as soloists with the KSU Wind Ensemble, which will be guest conducted by Michael Alexander along with Peter Witte. This is the ensemble’s second performance at the statewide conference. The KSU Wind Ensemble first performed there in 2005. In 2006, the KSU Chamber Singers performed at the conference.
In addition to the 53 students in the wind ensemble, 32 KSU students will perform with statewide ensembles during the conference. Four have been selected for the All College Band and 28 for the All College Chorus.
“This level of participation by Kennesaw State represents the excellence and high standards of our music department,” said Joseph Meeks, dean of the KSU College of the Arts.
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A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third largest state university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new Doctorate of Education in Leadership.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.