- 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.
Dr. Grant William Cook III, associate 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 College 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.