- Mikayla Kovacik ‘17
- Hometown: Jewett, OH
- Major: Religious Studies and Music
A liberal arts education is preparing me to be well rounded, and I believe that will be a great attribute when looking for a job.
Grant William Cook III has been named director of choral activities at the University of Mount Union.
Cook comes to Mount Union from Heidelberg University, where he most recently served as director of the Heidelberg concert choir and chamber singers, oversaw the choral program and served as a tenured associate professor of choral music and music history.
“We (Mount Union) are very excited to welcome Grant to the Mount Union community,” said Dr. Patricia Draves, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the University. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise from the collegiate level, and his experience with international touring will complement Mount Union very well. I am certain he will be an invaluable asset to the institution.”
He has been a member of Heidelberg’s faculty since 1992, and since 1997, Cook has led Heidelberg’s concert choir on 13 tours, performing more than 100 concerts for audiences in 16 states. The choir embarked on its first European tour in May of 2008, where they performed in and around Vienna, Salzburg, Munich and Heidelberg. Choirs under his direction have appeared by invitation at state and regional meetings of the American Choral Directors Association and Music Educators National Conference.
Active in promoting the arts throughout the community, Cook founded the Heidelberg College-Community Chorus in 1992. As its conductor, the non-auditioned ensemble grew to a total of 75 members. He also founded, organized and conducted the Heidelberg College Honors Festival Chorus and Leadership Conference for high school singers.
Cook’s research has been published in Choral Journal, The Beethoven Journal and The Choral Scholar. He is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Pi Kappa Lambda, American Choral Directors Association, Ohio Choral Directors Association, National Collegiate Choral Organization, Music Educators National Conference, Ohio Music Education Association, American Musicological Society and American Beethoven Society.
He earned a bachelor of music degree in vocal performance and pedagogy from Heidelberg College (now Heidelberg University). He also earned a master of music degree in choral conducting and a doctor of philosophy degree in historical musicology-ethnomusicology, both from Kent State University.