Dr. Grant William Cook III
The recipient of the University of Mount Union 2016 Great Teacher Award, Dr. Grant William Cook III, professor of music and director of choral activities, conducts the Concert Choir and Cantus Femina, teaches choral conducting and literature, and administers the University’s choral program. He holds a bachelor of music degree in vocal pedagogy from Heidelberg University and is a graduate of Kent State University’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, from which he earned both the master of music degree in choral conducting and the doctor of philosophy degree in historical musicology/ethnomusicology. Choirs under Dr. Cook’s direction have performed by invitation at state and regional meetings of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education, toured nationally and internationally, appeared in concert at Washington National Cathedral, and performed with the symphony orchestras of Toledo and Canton. In addition, he is active as a guest conductor and clinician for a variety of choral events and festivals throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana. Dr. Cook holds memberships with the American Choral Directors Association, National Collegiate Choral Organization, National Association for Music Education, American Musicological Society, American Beethoven Society, and The Honor Society of Pi Kappa Lambda.
Active as a musicologist, Dr. Cook’s research has been published in The Choral Scholar, Choral Journal, and The Beethoven Journal and presented by invitation at meetings of the American Musicological Society and the Ohio Choral Director’s Association. In addition, he has served on the National Research and Publications Committee of the American Choral Directors Association and the State Board of the Ohio Choral Directors Association. In June 2002 Dr. Cook completed a one-week residency with the Chor und Orchester von St. Augustin (Vienna, Austria), culminating in performances of Mozart’s Requiem and Missa brevis in C under the direction of Mag. Alois Glaßner, Kirchenmusikdirektor.
Dr. Cook is a recipient of Kent State University’s Young Alumni Achievement Award and was nominated by his students for inclusion in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Prior to his appointment at the University of Mount Union in August 2011, Dr. Cook served as associate professor of choral music and music history at Heidelberg University (Tiffin, Ohio). He currently resides in Alliance with his wife Susan, and daughter, Jane.
Before returning to her alma mater in 2013 as conductor of the Mount Union Alliance Chorale, Jane Page was director of choirs and music department chairperson at Lakeview High School. While teaching at Lakeview, Mrs. Page grew the choral program from one choral ensemble to four, with participants increasing from less than twenty students to nearly 150. The Lakeview choirs consistently received superior ratings at adjudicated events and performed extensively throughout the community.
In 2005, Mrs. Page was awarded the Ohio Music Education Association’s Music Educator of the Year —an honor bestowed upon her by her peers. Over twenty-five of Mrs. Page’s former students are currently working in careers as music educators and performers.
She is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, Ohio Choral Directors Association, and also serves as a choral adjudicator for the Ohio Music Education Association adjudicated events. Mrs. Page conducts the Chancel Choir at Church Hill United Methodist Church and performs with the Wade Raridon Singers in Youngstown. She holds a bachelor of music degree from Mount Union College and a master of music degree from Youngstown State University.
Jennifer Linville, collaborative artist
A proud alumna of the University of Mount Union, Jennifer Linville (Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance,
’13) serves the Department of Music as a staff accompanist and collaborative pianist for the Concert Choir and Cantus Femina. She is the founder and owner of Cadenza Studios—a small music company that offers creative compositions for film, advertisements, video games, and the like.
In May 2017 Jennifer and her husband, Ben, will open a new restaurant in Lakeside Chautauqua (Marblehead, OH) called “Bluebird.” Jennifer performs and collaborates regularly at Lakeside for Sunday “Dockside Worship” services, evening vespers and for special programming. As a mother of two curious and happy boys, she spends most of her evenings snuggled up reading children's books or making cardboard garages for beloved trucks and cars. Jennifer and Ben are building their dream home in Canton, Ohio and look forward to cherishing many new, warm memories with their little family.
Nancy Howenstine, accompanist
Nancy Howenstine is the accompanist for the Alliance Mount Union Chorale and has served as collaborative artist for numerous individuals and schoolgroups. A retired music educator from the West Branch Local Schools, she has also been a church organist for nearly 50 years.
She holds the American Guild of Organist’s Service Playing Certificate and is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the Honor Society of Delta Omicron. A graduate of Otterbein College, Howenstine also completed advanced studies at Ashland University and the University of Akron. She and her husband Alan enjoy working in their fifteen-acre woodland, and are most proud of their three daughters and five outstanding grandchildren.