Fine and Performing Arts

Faculty & Staff



Allen Chen

Fine Arts
Assistant Professor

XAllen Chen was born in 1979 in Taiwan and immigrated to California in 1991. He received his BFA in Spatial Arts from San Jose State University in 2005 and MFA in Studio Arts from the University of Notre Dame in 2009. Allen has since completed an artist residency at Mendocino Art Center in California in 2010, a long term artist in residence program at the Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana in 201...[Read more]



Andrew Duncan

Performing Arts
Adjunct Instructor

Andrew Duncan is a Trombonist in the United States Air Force Band of Flight, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Cum Laude from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a Master of Music in Trombone Performance from Carnegie Mellon University (where he was awarded a Graduate Fellowship and Graduate Assistantship). While at Carnegie Mellon, he studied with Mu...[Read more]


Anthony Dallas

Performing Arts
Adjunct Instructor
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Brian Cashwell

Performing Arts
Adjunct Instructor
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Christian Berg

Performing Arts
Adjunct Instructor
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Dr. Jennifer Cruz

Performing Arts
Associate Professor

Dr. Jennifer Cruz is an Associate Professor of Piano and the Program Director of the Music Mentors program at Central State University, a historically black university in Wilberforce, OH. With roots on the island of Guam, she was raised in Brookfield, Wisconsin. She began her piano studies at the age of four with Suzanne Lent. After being discovered by Alexander Toradze at a master clas...[Read more]



Dr. Kathleen Allen

Performing Arts
Assistant Professor

Soprano Kathleen Allen has been singing and teaching professionally throughout the United States for over 25 years, in the genres of Opera, Operetta, Musical Theater, Concert, Chamber, Choral and Recital music. Specializing in new and experimental music, she is also comfortable in Baroque and Traditional Operatic performance practices.

Dr. Allen's favorite roles include Madame Lidoi...[Read more]



Dr. Lennard Moses

Performing Arts
Associate Professor

Dr. Lennard V. Moses, Associate Professor of Music, is the Director of Percussion and World Music Studies at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. He holds degrees from The Ohio State University, Northern Illinois University and Central State University. At an early age he began touring with the Desperados Steel Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago as a drummer and percussionist. He i...[Read more]



Dr. Mervyn R. Joseph

Performing Arts
Associate Professor

Mervyn R. Joseph is an associate professor of music education at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, with an emphasis in instrumental/general music education. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Arts in music from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, and a Doctor of Philosophy in ...[Read more]



Dr. Ronald Claxton

Fine Arts
Associate Professor

Ronald Claxton is an associate professor of art education at Central State University. He graduated from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green with a B. A. in Art Education (1982). He received his Master of Arts in Education degree from Western Kentucky in 1984. Dr. Claxton previously taught art education and art appreciation at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro from 1985...[Read more]



Dr. Sun Hee Kim

Fine and Performing Arts
Assistant Professor of Music / Faculty Accompanist

Dr. Sun Hee Kim is a collaborative pianist and vocal coach. She is acclaimed for her outstanding musicality and sensitive accompaniment. Grounded in a deep understanding of music, her elegant phrasing, delicate touch and powerful dramatic flair create evocative sound-landscapes in which her sensitive collaboration finds expression. Her philosophy for collaborating with vocalists and inst...[Read more]



Dr. William Denza

Performing Arts
Associate Professor

William M. Denza, Jr. is an associate professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. Dr. Denza teaches music theory courses at CSU and he performs as the bass clarinetist of the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Denza also has performed and recorded with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. He ...[Read more]



Dwayne Daniel

Fine Arts
Assistant Professor

Dwayne Daniel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Central State University. He holds an M.F.A. from Miami University and a BA from Central State University, both with an infuse on Graphic Design and Illustration. Dwayne is a two-dimensional artist with a range o...[Read more]



Eric Knorr

Performing Arts
Adjunct Instructor

Eric Knorr is principal trumpet in the United States Air Force Band of Flight Concert Band and Wright Brass quintet at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Eric is a founding member of the Oakwood Brass Quintet and is a member of the Wr...[Read more]



Erin Smith-Glenn

Fine Arts
Assistant Professor

Erin Smith-Glenn is an art instructor at Central State University and the primary advisor of the Visual Arts Club at Central State University. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of Cincinnati and a B.A. from Central State University, with 2 dimensional studio art as her concentration from both institutions. Her experience and understanding of 2D studio art includes the media of colored pen...[Read more]


Gary Scott Jones

Performing Arts
Adjunct Instructor
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Hal Melia

Performing Arts
Assistant Professor

The energy and personality Hal Melia brings to both his teaching and his performing are contagious. Those who have experienced his workshops, classes, and performances never forget the tireless effort and positive aura he exudes in any setting. He is the epitome of the multi-instrumentalist - he plays soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, flute, piccolo, clarinets...[Read more]


Herbert Wynn

Performing Arts
Assistant Band Director
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James E. Smith

Performing Arts
Chairman and Associate Professor

James E. Smith is Professor of Jazz Studies and Acting Chair of the Department of Fine & Performing Arts at Central State University. He holds the M.M. in Composition (Jazz) from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. As a jazz guitarist, Mr. Smith has performed on three national broadcasts on National Public Radio and at the Nancy ...[Read more]


Jeremy Winston

Performing Arts
Director of CSU Chorus
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John Fleming

Performing Arts
Adjunct Instructor
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Michelle Crockett

Performing Arts
Adjunct Instructor
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Mitchell Eismont

Fine Arts
Assistant Professor
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Ramon Key

Performing Arts
Assistant Professor, Director of Bands

Ramon W. Key Jr. is the Director of Bands at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. As Director of Bands he conducts the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Marching Band, and Pep Band. In the Department of Fine and Performing Arts he serves as Assistant Professor of Music and teaches courses in conducting, wind band literature, and instrumental arranging. After completi...[Read more]