Kennesaw State appoints new music professors

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (May 22‚ 2007) −− The Department of Music at Kennesaw State…

Georgia (May 22, 2007) — Kennesaw State appoints new music professors

Cheryl Anderson Brown


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KENNESAW‚ Ga. (May 22‚ 2007) −− The Department of Music at Kennesaw State University has appointed two new professors to its music faculty. Joy Ollen and John N. Culvahouse will begin teaching in the growing department in Fall Semester 2007.

Ollen‚ who will serve as assistant professor of music theory‚ comes to Kennesaw State from Douglas College in British Columbia‚ where she has served as head of the aural skills division. She holds three degrees in music theory: a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and a master of arts and a bachelor of music from the University of British Columbia. She has published and presented on topics including music theory pedagogy‚ musical form and connections between speech and music. Her interest in aural skills pedagogy has led to a study of selected evaluative methods and experimentation with the movement−based teaching approaches of Jaques−Dalcroze. She is a member of the Society for Music Theory‚ the College Music Society and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. At KSU‚ she will guide the delivery of aural skills and will teach music theory.

Culvahouse‚ who will serve as professor of music education‚ comes to Kennesaw State from the University of Georgia‚ where he served most recently as interim director of bands. He also taught in public schools in South Carolina and Tennessee for 17 years. He holds bachelor and master of music education degrees from the University of Tennessee and a doctor of musical arts degree in conducting from the University of South Carolina. His professional affiliations include Georgia Music Educators Association‚ Music Educators National Conference‚ College Band Directors National Association‚ Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Phi Beta Mu. He serves on the board of directors of the National Band Association and the John Philip Sousa Foundation. He has been presented a citation of excellence by the National Band Association on five occasions.

For more information about the KSU Department of Music‚ visit the department's Web site at


A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third−largest university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new doctorate in education.

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.



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit