Meet our new faculty for fall 2014

Saxophonist Nathan Bogert joins the Ball State faculty this fall as Instructor of Music (Saxophone). For the past several years, he has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Belgium, Mexico, Japan, and Brazil both as a soloist and with various ensembles. Described as “unbelievably stunning” by Sequenza 21 of the Contemporary Classical Music Community, Nathan’s musical endeavors have offered him the opportunity to perform in venues ranging from the Chautauqua Institute in New York to the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall at the Université Concordia-Loyola in Montreal, Quebec and the historic Andy’s Jazz Club in Chicago, IL.

Bogert began his applied saxophone studies with Mr. Ron Jones of Louisville, Kentucky with whom he studied both classical and jazz saxophone. After graduating from the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, Kentucky, he continued saxophone studies with Dr. George Wolfe at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Dr. Wolfe, describes him as “a deeply expressive performer.” Bogert recently completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Saxophone at the University of Iowa. In 2010, he completed a Master's in Jazz Studies at the same institution. At the University of Iowa, he studied saxophone with Dr. Kenneth Tse.

Bogert has been a featured soloist with the Youth Performing Arts School Wind Ensemble, the Ball State Symphony Orchestra, the Ball State Jazz Lab Ensemble, the University of Iowa Jazz Repertory Ensemble, the University of Iowa’s Johnson County Landmark and the University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra. He has also premiered compositions by American composers Dr. Jody Nagel, Dr. Benjamin Fuhrman, and Dr. Israel Neumann. He participated in the premiere of Nagel’s saxophone quartet composition Star and has also appeared with the Ball State Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Dr. Nagel’s Sui Generis. Dr. Nagel also wrote a saxophone duet for Bogert entitled Spirals out of Control. With Israel Neumann, Bogert has been working on projects involving interactive improvisation with innovative computer software that is controlled by another performer, but responds instantaneously to the sounds from the saxophone.

In 2007, Bogert was selected as the first ever overall winner of the Yamaha Young Performing Artists competition after performing for an audience exceeding 3,000 people at Illinois State University’s Braden Auditorium. He was also awarded first place in the Ball State University Concerto Competition and the University of Iowa Concerto Competition. Most recently, Bogert won first prizes in both the 2012 North American Saxophone Alliance classical solo competition (at the Biennial conference at Arizona State University) and the 2012 Music Teachers National Association young artist competition held in New York City. In 2010, he was awarded 2nd prize in the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) quartet competition as the baritone saxophonist of the Axius Saxophone Quartet as well as 2nd prize in the classical solo competition. As a member of Axius, he was also awarded 1st prize in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) national chamber music competition and a silver medal at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.

Bogert has worked with esteemed saxophonists such as Claude Delangle, Eugene Rousseau, Timothy McAllister, Kenneth Tse, Joseph Wytko, Patrick Meighan, Bill Street, and Jean-Marie Londeix. His passion for jazz has led him to share the stage with jazz artists Wayne Bergeron, Andy Milne, Winnard Harper, Ted Nash, Jimmy Greene, Marcus Printup, Andy Martin, Chuck Findley, Buddy DeFranco, Don Aliquo, Denis DiBlasio, and Carmen Bradford. With his band Groove Theory, Dr. Bogert has garnered regional attention as a gifted young jazz saxophonist. Legendary jazz critic Scott Yanow describes Bogert as a “passionate” saxophonist in his review of Cassius Goens III’s album Transition.


Kerry Glann joins the Ball State University faculty in Fall of 2014 as Associate Director of Choral Activities. He conducts the Concert Choir and Women’s Chorus, supervises the activities of the Choral Union, and works with conducting students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Glann previously taught in the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University, where he conducted several choirs, taught courses in choral music education, and acted as musical director and general manager of opera. He holds a B.M. in music education from Bowling Green State University, an M.M. in conducting from Kent State University, and is completing a D.M.A. in choral conducting at the University of North Texas. As a Teaching Fellow at UNT, he conducted the UNT Women’s Chorus, taught undergraduate conducting, and was assistant to the early music ensemble Collegium Singers. Choirs under his direction have appeared at the Ohio Music Education Association Professional Conference and with the Canton Symphony Orchestra. He served as Women's Chorus Repertoire and Standards Chair for the Ohio Choral Directors Association and taught in the public schools of Ohio for five years.

An experienced theatre conductor, Glann spent 17 seasons as musical director of The Huron Playhouse, a non-profit, professional-grade summer theatre in Huron, Ohio, where he led performances of over thirty productions. His operatic conducting credits include I Pagliacci and Il tabarro with Opera Per Tutti, Madame Butterfly for the Solon (Ohio) Center for the Arts, and Trial by Jury, Gallantry, and The Medium at Kent State University.

His conducting teachers include Richard Mathey, C.M. Shearer, and Jerry McCoy.



Thomas Keck is Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Ball State University. His responsibilities include conducting the Symphony Band, directing the “Pride of Mid-America” Marching Band, overseeing all athletic bands, and teaching courses in conducting and music education. Previously Dr. Keck served on the faculty of the Frost School of Music (University of Miami), the Hodgson School of Music (University of Georgia), and the University of New Hampshire.

Under his direction, both the Frost Symphonic Winds and Band of the Hour Marching Band were invited to perform at the 2014 Southern Division of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Conference. Dr. Keck has presented clinics and lecture recitals at state music conventions, the Eastern Division CBDNA Conference, the CBDNA Athletic Bands Symposium, and has been published in multiple volumes of the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. He has appeared as a guest conductor and clinician with ensembles throughout the United States, has led performances in the Bahamas, Canada, Europe, and China, and was invited by the Haitian government to assist with developing a marching band program for the youth of Port-au-Prince.

Dr. Keck served as the New Hampshire State Chairperson for CBDNA and NBA and was Collegiate Coordinator for the NHMEA. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha, Tau Beta Sigma, and is a friend of the arts in Sigma Alpha Iota. As a percussionist, Dr. Keck performed with I-PAN Steel Groove, the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, and numerous symphonic and improvisatory ensembles. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting with a cognate in percussion performance from Arizona State University and holds music education degrees from the University of Illinois and the University of Iowa.


Dr. C. Michael Palmer
joins the Ball State University faculty in Fall of 2014 as Assistant Professor of Music Education. Dr. Palmer’s university teaching experience includes serving as the Instructor of Low Brass at Prairie View A&M University and as an adjunct professor at Adrian College (MI) and Concordia University (MI). Dr. Palmer holds degrees from Oberlin College (B.M. in Trombone and B.A. in German Studies), Rice University (M.M in Performance), Valparaiso University (M.Ed.) and the University of Michigan (Ph.D. in Music Education). He was Instrumental Music Teacher at middle school and high school levels in Indiana, North Carolina, California, and Michigan.

An advocate of creativity in music, Dr. Palmer's research focuses on composition and improvisation. His dissertation titled "An Analysis of Instrumental Jazz Improvisation Development Among High School and College Musicians" examined developmental tendencies and characteristics of jazz improvisers at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Other interests include the cognitive development of pre-service teachers and action research in the K-12 classroom. His scholarly writings have been published by Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Music Education Research, Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, British Journal of Music Education, Teaching Music, Visions of Research in Music Education, and the International Trombone Association Journal.

Dr. Palmer has presented clinics at state music education conferences in California, Indiana, and Michigan. At the national level, he has presented at the National Association for Music Education Conference (NAfME) in St. Louis, the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE) Conference in Greensboro, and the American Education Research Association in New Orleans.

As a trombonist, Dr. Palmer has been a member of the Woodlands Symphony (TX), LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra (IN), and has appeared as a substitute trombonist with the Houston Symphony, Millar Brass Ensemble (Chicago), Northwest Indiana Symphony, and Charlotte Philharmonic.

He and his wife Sarah are the proud parents of three young children.



Dr. Jon Truitt, Director of Opera and Associate Professor of Voice at Ball State University, is known as an operatic stage director across the United States, having recently directed professional productions including Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, Hansel and Gretel, Pagliacci, Suor Angelica, The Merry Widow, Le nozze di Figaro, Barber of Seville, Die Fledermaus, La Bohème, Don Giovanni, The Elixir of Love, and Die Zauberflöte. His recent professional original production of Die Zauberflöte was featured in Opera America magazine and was re-mounted in South Dakota with international star Samuel Ramey in the role of Sarastro.

As an operatic baritone, Dr. Truitt appears regularly with opera companies across the United States including New Orleans Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, Muddy River Opera Company, Soo Opera Theatre, Mobile Opera, Pensacola Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Opera Illinois, the Crested Butte Music Festival, Jacksonville Opera, and the Jefferson Performing Arts Society. He has appeared as Germont in La Traviata, Figaro in Barber of Seville, Marcello in La Bohème, Don Giovanni in Don Giovanni, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Ford in Falstaff, and more than forty other roles in the baritone repertoire. On the concert stage, he has sung with the Evansville, Jacksonville, Acadiana, Waco, Florimezzo, Baylor, and Louisiana State University symphonies. He is a two-time apprentice artist with the Des Moines Metro Opera, Metropolitan Opera Regional finalist, and has been heard many times on Public Radio.

Dr. Truitt currently co-directs the Summer Young Artist Program at Asheville Lyric Opera with his wife, soprano Elizabeth Truitt. He is the founder of the Crested Butte Music Festival's Opera Young Artist Program and has also worked with young artists at St. Petersburg Opera's Emerging Artist Program and in Sault-Saint Marie, Michigan. Dr. Truitt holds a D.M.A. in Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University and Vocal Performance degrees (B.M. and M.M.) from Baylor University.

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