John N. Culvahouse
Professor of Instrumental Music Education
John N. Culvahouse is Professor of Instrumental Music Education at Kennesaw State University. From 1991 until 2007, he served on the faculty at the University of Georgia, where he was a tenured Associate Professor of Music and a member of the graduate faculty. Prior to his appointment at UGA in 1991, Dr. Culvahouse taught in the public schools in South Carolina and Tennessee for 17 years where he directed high school, middle school and elementary school bands. He received Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from the University of Tennessee and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of South Carolina. Mentors and major professors include Stanley Barnes, WJ Julian, William J. Moody and James Copenhaver.
Dr. Culvahouse has served as a conductor, adjudicator and clinician in several states, Canada and Western Europe. Professional affiliations include the Georgia Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Current Nu Theta Chapter Advisor and former Epsilon Lambda Chapter Advisor) Phi Beta Mu (Tennessee Chapter Past-President and South Carolina Chapter Past-Vice-President), Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa Psi (Honorary) and the National Band Association where he has served on the Board of Directors on four occasions. As a long time NBA member, he conducted bands at the 1980, 1988 and 1994 conventions, including a 1988 performance by the Sumter, S.C. High School Symphonic Band. His NBA service began as Tennessee State Chair in the late 1970s. It continued as he became an elected High School Representative, elected Representative At-Large, Southern Division Chair and elected First Vice-President/President Elect for the 2008-2012 Biennia. He assumed the office of President in April 2009.
Dr. Culvahouse serves on the Board of Directors of the John Philip Sousa Foundation and is a Sudler Flag of Honor and Sudler Trophy Laureate. Most recently, he served as President of the Southeastern Conference Band Directors Association and served as Chair of that organization’s Commission Project Committee. He was presented the coveted Orpheus Award by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity in 2006 and, on six occasions, The National Band Association has presented him the Citation of Excellence.
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