Release Date: July 29, 2008
Kennesaw State announces School of Music
Contact: Cheryl Anderson Brown, Assistant Director of Public Relations, 770-499-3417 or firstname.lastname@example.org
KENNESAW, Ga.—Kennesaw State University announces the establishment of the School of Music, formerly the Department of Music. This change recognizes the growing excellence of the nationally accredited music program, which boasts a performance composed largely of musicians from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Opera Orchestra and the Cobb Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to experiencing 70% enrollment growth since 2000, the newly renamed School of Music has added several new facilities, including the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center that opened in October 2007 and new studios and student practice rooms that will be completed in late 2008. The Bailey Center houses the 3,600 square-foot Eric & Gwendolyn Brooker Rehearsal Hall and a 624-seat acoustically stellar Performance Hall, which Grammy Award-winning soprano Sylvia McNair called one of her “six favorites in the world” and which Donald Runnicles, principal guest conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, hailed as a “Georgia jewel.” Last year, the music program also received a gift of 27 Steinway & Sons pianos from Dr. Bobbie Bailey, earning the distinction of one of four All-Steinway Schools in Georgia. Additionally, the music program has received more than $2 million in endowments in the last two years.
Fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the KSU School of Music offers a liberal arts degree in music and professional degrees in music performance and music education. In the last three years, it has created new orchestra and opera programs and has added a jazz studies program. At the same time, its graduates have been accepted into the nation’s top graduate music schools and have won numerous national and international music competitions. Each year, the department presents more than 100 public performances. In the upcoming season, it will host performances by three 2008 Grammy Award winners: the chamber ensemble eighth blackbird, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore and violinst James Ehnes. The School of Music also hosts the 300-member Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra. The School of Music and GYSO co-present an annual summer music clinic at KSU. This year, 110 high school students participated in the clinic.
Charles Schwartz has been selected as the interim director the KSU School of Music. He will lead the program this academic year while a national search is conducted for a permanent director. Schwartz is the former dean of the School of Music at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., and most recently served as the interim dean of the School of Music at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. Schwartz is succeeding Peter Witte, who had chaired the music department since 1999, but who recently accepted the position of dean of the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
“The distinction of the music program as a School of Music is another significant milestone in the arts odyssey at Kennesaw State University,” said Joseph Meeks, dean of the College of the Arts, which houses the School of Music as well the Department of Visual Arts and the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies. “I congratulate the excellent music for the superior work they have done to merit this achievement.”
For more information about the KSU School of Music at Kennesaw State, visit its website at www.kennesaw.edu/music.
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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 of more than 20,000 from 142 countries. The third-largest university in Georgia, Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education and business.
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.