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Zebulon Highben Named Winner of The American Prize in Choral Conducting

pic of Zeb HighbenZebulon Highben, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, is the 2015 winner of The American Prize in Conducting, in the college/university choral division, for his work with the Muskingum Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Maestro Highben was selected from applications reviewed earlier this fall and winter from all across the United States. The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit, competitions unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings. The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts.

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Zebulon Highben Selected as South Korean Conducting Fellow

Zebulon Highben, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, has been selected by the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) to participat in the International Conductors Exchange Program (ICEP).  As an ICEP Conducting Fellow, Dr. Highben will trravel to South Korea during summer 2016 to work with choral groups there, and will host a South Korean choral conductor for a regional ACDA conference in February 2016. 

Laura Schumann Presents at Ohio Music Education Professional Development Conference

Laura Schumann, Professor of Music and Music Director of the Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra, presented two clinics at the Ohio Music Education Association professional development conference in January, 2016.  Her clinics, titled "Functional Conducting: Tips and Tricks You Didn't Learn in Conducting Class..." offered practical suggestions and shortcuts for conductors of students at all levels.

Harsha Abeyaratne Performs in Carnegie Hall

pic of harsha abeyaratneHarsha Abeyaratne, pianist and Associate Professor of Music, performed a solo piano recital at the prestigious Weil Concert Hall of Carnegie Hall on Friday, December 14, 2012.  His seventy-five minute program will feature works by Muczynski, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, and Debussy.  This celebrated concert has been made possible through the receipt of a 2012 Muskingum University Faculty Development Grant.


2017 Summer Music Theater Camp
June 18-24, 2017
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