Professor of Music (Voice, Voice Pedagogy)
Margaret Kennedy-Dygas, Professor of Music, Ohio University, teaches voice and voice pedagogy. Her research interests include the scholarship of teaching, arts trends in higher education, and the clinical study of all uses of the speaking and singing voice. Besides a long career as a solo singer and voice teacher, she is a licensed speech language pathologist with special training in the treatment of voice disorders. Current research interests include voice resonance and effective teaching methods to develop resonance capability in the singing voice. She was a featured presenter in the Poster Presentations at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) National Conference (virtual format) in July 2020.
From 2013-2015 Kennedy-Dygas served as Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Ohio University. Previously she served as Associate Dean, College of the Arts, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and has been a music faculty member at Hope College, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and University of Kentucky. Kennedy-Dygas holds vocal performance degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music (B.M.) and the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University Bloomington (M.M. and D.M.), as well as the M.A.-SLP from The University of Akron. She has performed as soprano soloist in recital, concert and opera in the United States and abroad. Her compact disc, Music, Thou Soul of Heaven: Solo Songs by Daniel Pinkham was released in 1996 by Arkay Records. In 2003, she established the VoxBook Project, a multi-campus database of solo vocal recordings with related documents. In 2006, she was awarded the John and Ruth Reed Faculty Achievement Award from Hope College for her work in program development. She has served the College Music Society at the chapter and national levels, and is a site evaluator for the NASM Commission on Accreditation as well as serving in campus roles for regional accreditation. In 2021, she assumed the role of Director of Graduate Studies for the School of Music at Ohio University.
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