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Faculty Ensembles

Kent Brass Quintet
The Kent Brass Quintet is a faculty ensemble-in-residence in the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State. The KBQ plays both original music and transcriptions from a wide variety of styles and periods ranging from the Renaissance to jazz and new compositions. In addition to concerts and recitals, the quintet enjoys giving performance/clinics for high school music programs throughout the region.

For more information or to arrange a performance, please contact Michael Chunn,, or at 330-672-2172.

Pictured left to right: IMAGE: Kent-Brass-Quintet_1

  • Kent Larmee, horn
  • David Mitchell, trombone
  • Michael Chunn, trumpet
  • Kenneth Heinlein, tuba
  • John Brndiar, trumpet
Black Squirrel Winds

Kent State University's School of Music sidewalks, has for decades hosted the famous black squirrels. We are so proud of the that our Wind Faculty got together and launched our newest faculty ensemble, the Black Squirrel Winds.

Diane McCloskey, Danna Sundet, Amitai Vardi, Kent Larmee and Mark DeMio are the core members. They host guests when the music requests. Dr. Jeffrey Heisler will perform with the Black Squirrel Winds on several occasions this season playing a lovely Suite for Saxophone and Wind Quintet by Darius Milhaud, Scaramouche.

Pictured left to right: IMAGE: Black-Squirrel-Winds

  • Danna Sundet, oboe
  • Diane McCloskey, flute
  • Amitai Vardi, clarinet
  • Mark DeMio, bassoon
  • Kent Larmee, horn
Verve Chamber Players

The new chamber music ensemble in residence at Kent State features Cathy Meng Robinson on violin, Yu Jin on viola, Keith Robinson on cello, Donna Lee on piano and Cleveland Orchestra’s Associate Concertmaster and newest faculty member Jung-Min Amy Lee on violin. These five dynamic performers join together to perform a wide variety of repertoire. Audience will be able to experience spirited performances of quintets, quartets, trios and duos.

  • IMAGE: Verve Chamber Players
    Jung-Min Amy Lee, violin
  • Cathy Meng Robinson, violin
  • Yu Jin, viola
  • Keith Robinson, cello
  • Donna Lee, piano
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