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KU School of Music welcomes four new faculty for fall semester

Thursday, May 12, 2016


The KU School of Music is pleased to announce the addition of four new professors who will join the faculty for the fall 2016 semester.

New faculty appointments are Hannah Collins, visiting assistant professor of cello; Melissa Grady, assistant professor of music education; William Matney, assistant professor of music therapy; and Martin Nedbal, assistant professor of musicology.

Hannah Collins, winner of De Linkprijs for contemporary interpretation, is pursuing a doctorate at the City University of New York Graduate Center and serving as a teaching fellow at Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music.

Collins is an alumna of Ensemble ACJW, a professional development program focused on chamber music performance, teaching artistry and arts advocacy through the resources of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, Weill Music Institute and the New York City Department of Education.  She is the co-director of the Avaloch Farm New Music Initiative in Boscawen, New Hampshire. 

Collins is part of the cello-percussion ensemble New Morse Code and appears frequently on modern or Baroque cello with Cantata Profana, The Sebastians, NOVUS NY and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra.  

Collins holds degrees from Yale University and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. 

Melissa Grady earned her Ph.D. in music education (choral pedagogy) from KU in 2014 and currently serves as assistant professor of music and music education coordinator at Valdosta State University in Georgia.  Prior to her appointment at VSU, Grady served as visiting assistant professor of music at Lake Forest College in Illinois.

Grady’s teaching experience includes 11 years as a public school teacher in Kansas and three years as a graduate teaching assistant at KU. She is active in regional and state music education organizations.

Grady has published two research articles in the International Journal of Research in Choral Singing and has two other studies submitted for review in the Journal of Research in Music Education and the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education.

Grady has a master’s degree in music education (choral conducting) and a bachelor’s degree in music education from Wichita State University.

William Matney, who received his Ph.D. from KU in music education and music therapy in 2015, returns to KU after an appointment at Nazareth College, where he was an assistant professor of music therapy and clinic manager.

Matney’s research specializes in the use of percussion in a music therapy setting and music therapy theory. He is author of the book Tataku: The Use of Percussion in Music Therapy, and co-wrote Roots and Branches: Songs of Tradition and Culture: Volume 1. His research has been published in the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives and Nordic Journal of Music Therapy.

Matney holds a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in music therapy from Texas Woman’s University.

Martin Nedbal joins the musicology division after seven years as a faculty member with the University of Arkansas, where he specializes in the Classical and Romantic periods. Nedbal holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester.

Drawing on his research expertise of operatic and theatrical traditions in Central Europe, particularly in Vienna and Prague during the Classical and Romantic eras, Nedbal has the forthcoming book Morality and Viennese Opera in the Age of Mozart and Beethoven. The book is based on Nedbal’s dissertation, which won the Eastman Dissertation Award and the Alvin A. Johnson AMS 50 Dissertation Fellowship from the American Musicological Society. His peer-reviewed articles on the operas of Mozart, Beethoven, Smetana, Dvorak and Britten have appeared in several musicology journals.

Nedbal holds a master’s degree in clarinet performance from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in German and Russian Studies from Hamilton College. 



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