Utah music educator to lecture at JSU – Feb. 8


Kent Nelson

(JACKSON, Miss.) – Renowned Utah music educator Kent Nelson will give a lecture at Jackson Sate University at noon Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the F.D. Hall Music Center Recital Hall followed by a master class at 2 p.m. in the same venue. The event is sponsored by the JSU College of Liberal Arts and the Music Department and is open to JSU students, faculty and staff.

Nelson is in his 24th year at Olympus Junior High School near Salt Lake City, where he teaches instrumental music, including orchestra, band, jazz band, percussion ensemble and guitar. He has received the Granite School District Excel Award (2007), the Utah PTA Gingerbread House Festival Teacher of the Year Award (2006) and the Fulbright Memorial Fund (Japan, 2004) in recognition of his teaching. He is currently the musical director and conductor of the Granite Junior Youth Symphony, an honors organization encompassing the 15 junior high schools in the school district. He has been associated with the group for more than 20 years. Nelson is also a doctoral candidate at Boston University.

For more information, call assistant professor of music education David Akombo at 601-979-2584.

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