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Department of Music YouTube Channel

The Muskingum University Department of Music launched a YouTube channel over the summer, which will feature audio and video of Muskingum ensembles.  Check back often for updates to our new "Listening Links" page, which will be up and running by the end of September!  Here is a sample:


pic of harsha abeyaratneHarsha Abeyaratne to Perform in Carnegie Hall

Harsha Abeyaratne, pianist and Associate Professor of Music, will perform 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.


Robert Owen Jones Receives Award

March 31, 2012

Robert Owen Jones, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Muskingum University was presented the All-Ohio Youth Choir "Distinguished Service Award" on March 31, 2012.  Presented by Charles R. Snyder, Director of the All-Ohio Youth Choir, the award is made "in recognition of distinguished, outstanding, and devoted service to the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir."  Professor Jones is retiring upon completion of the 2011-2012 school year after 29 years of service to Muskingum University. 


Steven Orr Wins NATS Competition

March 31, 2012

Steven Orr, a sophomore music major at Muskingum University, won first place in his category at the Buckeye Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition on March 31, 2012, held at Cedarville University.  The NATS audition day is held annually and involves students throughout the state of Ohio.  Singers are grouped into categories determined by the number of semesters/quarters of study, and by the genre (i.e. musical theatre, classical, etc.)  Winners are awarded a cash prize and the opportunity to perform on a "winner's" recital that concludes the day of the competitin.  Steven is a student of C. Andrew Blosser, Lecturer in Music at Muskingum University. 


Student Composition Performed

March 4, 2011

Alex Earich's composition for jazz ensemble "Drinkin' Coffee" will be performed by the Baldwin-Wallace College jazz ensemble. A performance date has not been finalized. This is a terrific achievement for one of our students! Originally from Duncan Falls (OH), Alex Earich is a junior music major who studies trumpet and jazz theory with Don Kason. Alex is a member of the Muskingum University Jazz Ensemble and Muskingum University Wind Ensemble.


Student Performs at National Conference

March 28, 2011

Zachariah Zemolong, a senior music major at Muskingum, performed in the Small College Intercollegiate Honor Band at the College Band Directors National Association annual conference in Seattle (WA). The honor band is comprised of college wind and percussion players from small colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. Students are selected through nominations by their college band directors and performed under the direction of Lowell Graham, who is on the faculty at the University of Texas at El Paso and also served as Commander and Conductor of the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. Zachariah is originally from Thornville (OH) and currently studies saxophone with Kevin Towner. He is principal alto saxophone of the Muskingum University Wind Ensemble, and is a member of the Muskingum Valley Symphonic Winds.