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School of Music Announces Seachrist as Director

Posted Aug. 9, 2010

Dr. Denise A. Seachrist, Director of the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music in the College of the Arts.Kent State University has recently named Dr. Denise A. Seachrist as the director of the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music in the College of the Arts, where she has served as interim director since 2008.  Previously she served as interim dean for Academic and Student Services, Regional Campuses and as interim assistant dean of the Trumbull Campus.  Seachrist earned a Ph.D. in musicology-ethnomusicology from Kent State University, and a master of music in vocal performance from Youngstown State University. She also holds a bachelor of music degree from Heidelberg College.

"During her time as the interim director, Dr. Seachrist demonstrated exemplary leadership skills and vision for the School," said Dr. John Crawford, dean for the College of the Arts. "In a relatively short time, Dr. Seachrist has made significant progress in fund raising,  revitalized our nationally-recognized Kent/Blossom Music summer intensive program and created an online master of music in music education program."

Considered a specialist in the music of both historical and living German religious communities in Pennsylvania, Seachrist serves on the board of the Communal Studies Association. She is a member of the editorial board for Pennsylvania-German History and Culture book series published by Penn State Press. She is the series editor of the World Musics series published by Kent State University Press, which is part of a joint effort by Kent State University Press, Indiana University Press and Temple University Press.

She has authored 25 refereed journal articles, two book chapters and entries in Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart: Allgemeine Enzyklopädie der Musik, second edition, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, and The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, vol. 3, "the United States and Canada." Seachrist is the author of The Musical World of Halim El-Dabh, which was published by Kent State University.  Her forthcoming book, Snow Hill: In the Shadows of the Ephrata Cloister, is scheduled for publication in October / November 2010. 

Seachrist lives with her family in Rootstown. 

For more information, contact: 

Effie A. Tsengas
330-672-8398 or