KSU String Day

Festivals_and_Workshops_HeaderKennesaw State University String Day
Saturday, January 15, 2022 
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

KSU School of Music invites string instrumentalists of all ages to join us for String Day—a day of learning, performance, and fun at KSU! Participants will receive technical instruction, attend a recital, and conclude their experience with a performance in KSU’s renowned Morgan Concert Hall. In order to insure a positive experience, participants should have 1-4 years of experience on their string instrument and be comfortable sight-reading music at GMEA Level 1. (String Day is a combination of our previously separate string events: Violin Day, Viola Day, Cellobration, and BassFest.)

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Registration Deadline:
Monday, January 6, 2020, 11:59PM
Participation fee: $45 per participant

  • KSU String Day is open to pre-college string instrumentalists of all ages who have 1-4 years of experience on their string instrument and are comfortable sight-reading music at GMEA Level 1.

    No audition is required. Students must submit a completed registration form and pay the $45 participation fee by the posted deadline. The participation fee covers their entire experience, including:

    • All instruction
    • Performance in KSU’s Morgan Hall
    • Recital by KSU John and Linda Cook String Quartet Scholars
    • Sheet music
    • Lunch
    • Event t-shirt
  • Saturday, January 11, 2020

    8:00 am—Registration Opens (Bailey Center Lobby)
    9:00 am—Event Begins
    3:00 pm—Culminating Performance (Morgan Hall, Bailey Performance Center)

  • Participation Requirements
    Participating students under the age of 18 are required to complete the following forms, as required by university policy:

    Forms will be sent to participants via email and must be submitted at registration on the day of the event.

  • Dr.Conley PhotoDr. Nancy Conley
    Assistant Professor of String Music Education
    Director of the KSU String Project

    Nancy Conley is an Assistant Professor of String Music Education at Kennesaw State University, where she teaches coursework in string technique, pedagogy, and literature. In addition, Dr. Conley supervises student teachers, leads the KSU String Project, and conducts the KSU Philharmonic. She also serves as the faculty advisor to the KSU collegiate chapter of ASTA.

    Dr. Conley received the Ph.D. in music education with a viola performance cognate from Michigan State University, the M.M. in performance from Binghamton University, and the B.M. in music education and performance from Ithaca College. Before pursuing her doctoral degree, Dr. Conley was a public school music educator in upstate New York, where she taught elementary, middle, and high school instrumental music for seventeen years. An active performer while teaching, Dr. Conley played with the Binghamton Philharmonic, Tri-Cities Opera Company, and the Edgewood String Quartet. As a doctoral student, she performed with the Lansing (MI) Symphony, and was a member of the Orchestra of Northern New York in Potsdam while teaching at the Crane School of Music. She currently plays with string quartets in the Atlanta area.

    Prior to joining the faculty at KSU, Dr. Conley was the Director of Music Education at Clayton State University, where she coordinated the music education program, taught courses in music and music education, supervised student teachers, and was an instructor of applied violin and viola. Dr. Conley also served as faculty advisor for the collegiate NAfME chapter and co-directed the Clayton County Honor Orchestra.

    Before moving to Georgia, Dr. Conley taught at the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam, where she taught string technique and pedagogy classes and directed the National String Project. While at Crane, Dr. Conley developed a Musician Wellness course and the Lab Ensemble, a course that encourages pre-service music teachers to use improvisation, arranging, and composition in the classroom.

    Dr. Conley has taught in various summer music programs, including several years at the New York ASTA String Institute at Ithaca College. She has conducted Senior High Area All-State festivals in New York State, and served as a clinician at other school music festivals. Dr. Conley is a frequent clinician in Atlanta-area schools.

    Dr. Conley has presented at state, regional, and national conferences. Her research interests include the use of improvisation as a tool for teaching and life-long learning, music teacher education, and musician wellness. She holds the certification for Music Learning Theory Elementary General Music Level One, and has completed teacher training for Suzuki Violin Level One and Two.

    Dr. Conley is a member of the American String Teachers Association, College Music Society, NAfME: The National Association for Music Education, Suzuki Association of the Americas, and Mu Phi Epsilon.

    Dr. Nathaniel Parker, conductor

    Dr. Nathaniel Parker, conductor
    Director of Orchestral Studies and Assistant Professor of Music

    A talented and versatile musician, Nathaniel F. Parker has conducted orchestras in the United States, Peru, Russia, Poland, England, and the Czech Republic. Equally at home working with professionals and training future generations of musicians, Dr. Parker is Director of Orchestral Studies at the Kennesaw State University School of Music—serving as Music Director and Conductor of the Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra and Conductor of the Kennesaw State University Opera Program—Associate Conductor of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director and Conductor of the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra (GYSO). His recent guest conducting engagements include appearances with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra (Michigan), the Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) All-State Orchestra, the Fulton County High School Honor Orchestra (Georgia), and the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) District 9 High School Honor Orchestra. Dr. Parker is the recipient of numerous honors, awards, and scholarships. He was named a finalist for a Conducting Fellowship with the New World Symphony, a semi-finalist for a Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood, and a Candidate for the Respighi Prize in Conducting; he also received a Citation of Excellence in Teaching from the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. An active scholar, Dr. Parker’s writings have been published by the Conductors Guild and the College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA). He has presented research at the College Orchestra Directors Association’s national and international conferences and is Editor of the Journal of the Conductors Guild.

    Dr. Parker has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Concert Orchestra and faculty at New England Music Camp (Maine), and Interim Music Director and Conductor of the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Camerata. Before relocating to Georgia, he was Director of Orchestral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Marywood University (Pennsylvania) where he was Music Director and Conductor of the Marywood University Orchestra and taught courses in conducting, instrumental methods, musicology, and analytical techniques. Other previous positions include Associate Conductor and Production Manager of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra (Michigan), Music Director and Conductor of the Jackson Youth Symphony Orchestra, Director of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra Community Music School, Graduate Conducting Intern at Michigan State University, Music Director and Conductor of the Mason Orchestral Society’s Community Orchestra and Youth Symphony (Michigan), Assistant Director of Music at Xaverian High School (New York), Conductor of the New Music Festival of Sandusky Orchestra (Ohio), and Graduate Assistant Conductor and Teaching Assistant at Bowling Green State University (Ohio).

    Parker earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from Michigan State University, where his primary instructors were Leon Gregorian and Raphael Jiménez. During his time at MSU he regularly appeared with all the university orchestras and focused his doctoral research on Leonard Bernstein, specifically the composer’s Symphony No. 2, “The Age of Anxiety.” He earned a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Bowling Green State University, where he studied with Emily Freeman Brown. His other conducting mentors include Stephen Osmond, Gary W. Hill, and Timothy Russell. In addition to his training in academia, Dr. Parker participated in numerous conducting master classes and workshops, conducting orchestras under the tutelage of nationally and internationally renowned conductors and conducting pedagogues including Christoph Eschenbach, George Hurst, Arthur Fagen, Markand Thakar, Mark Gibson, David Itkin, and Paul Vermel. Parker began his collegiate education at Arizona State University, where he studied bassoon with Jeffrey G. Lyman and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance.

    Nat resides in Kennesaw with his wife, Melody, and their son, Jacob.

    For more information, please visit: nathanielfparker.com.

  • For more information, contact:
    Dr. Nancy Conley