The University of Kansas School of Music is pleased to welcome two new faculty hires for the 2011-12 school year.
After national searches were completed, Jacob Dakon was selected as assistant professor of music education and music therapy, and Alicia Levin was chosen as assistant professor of musicology.
Jacob M. Dakon received his B.M. in music education from the University of South Carolina, the M.M. in violin performance from Appalachian State University, and he is a Ph.D. candidate in music education at Ohio State University. He is currently a graduate teaching associate in music education at Ohio State University, and has served as adjunct instructor of music education at Appalachian State University. He was Strings Orchestra Director at the Sullivan Middle School in Rock Hill, SC, and Strings Coordinator at the Community Music School in Boone, North Carolina. Dakon is presently Community Orchestra Director and Freshman String Orchestra Director at Ohio State, and acts as Chamber Strings Assistant Director with the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras in Columbus, OH. Dakon also is a Suzuki trained violin instructor in North Carolina and has performed with the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, Western Piedmont Symphony, Appalachian Orchestra, Selah Piano Trio, Ashville Lyric Opera Company, Appalachian Opera Orchestra, and more. He has been published in the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, and has presented clinic/poster presentations at various conferences.
"We are delighted to have Jacob with us and believe he will add a great dimension to our string music education program," said Debra Hedden, associate professor of music education and music therapy and chair of the search committee. "With his vast amount of experience, his Suzuki training, and his expertise in the methodology and pedagogy areas, his position will be highly beneficial to our pre-service program."
Alicia C. Levin graduated Summa cum laude with a B.M. in piano performance and pedagogy from Illinois Wesleyan University, received the M.A. in music history and literature from the University of North Carolina, and the Ph.D. in musicology from UNC at Chapel Hill. She presently is a lecturer in the Department of Music at UNC and adjunct instructor of piano. She has been published in Stage Music and Cultural Transfer: Paris 1830-1914 as well as in Chopin's Musical World: The 1840's, and has presented her papers at numerous conferences around the world. Levin has been a course lecturer and teaching assistant at UNC, and has performed as an accompanist for the UNC Women's Glee Club, for the Chapel Hill Community Chorus, the UNC Opera Workshop, and much more. She has won multiple awards and fellowships for her research and work.
"We are thrilled to have Alicia Levin join the musicology division," said Roberta Freund Schwartz, associate professor of musicology and chair of the search committee. "Her expertise on Romantic music, virtuosity and gender roles in performance, as well as early country music, are great additions to our current strengths, and she is an exceptional instructor as well. I think students will really enjoy working with her."
For more information, please contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-9742. music.ku.edu