Fine and Performing Arts

Faculty & Staff



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]



Christian Berg

Performing Arts
Adjunct Instructor

Mr. Berg holds a Master of Arts in Theory and Composition from Montclair State University, NJ and a Bachelor of Music in Double Bass Performance from Manhattan School of Music in New York.

He has enjoyed an active career in jazz for four decades as a performer in clubs, concerts, festivals, films, radio, and television with such leading musicians as Susanna McKorkle, Mel Lewis, Jimmy Kne...[Read more]


Brian Cashwell

Performing Arts
Adjunct Instructor
...[Read more]


Jim Champion

Fine Arts
Assistant Professor of Ceramics

Jim Champion holds a MFA in Visual Art from the University of North Dakota with an emphasis in Ceramics. His BFA undergraduate degree is an emphasis in Sculpture from the University of Mississippi. Additional degrees include an MA in Art Therapy from the University of Louisville and a Graduate Certificate in Ceramics from Hood College.

Jim's work covers a wide ran...[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. 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 Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  She began her piano studies at the age of four with Suzanne Lent.  After being discovered by Alexander Toradze at a master ...[Read more]


Anthony Dallas

Performing Arts
Adjunct Instructor
...[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]



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]



Mitchell Eismont

Fine Arts
Graphic Design Assistant Professor

Mitchell Eismont is an assistant professor of graphic design at Central State University. He graduated from Edinboro University with a B. F. A. in Multi Media Art (2003). He received his Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Marywood University in (2009). Professor Eismont has 15 years work experience in the field of graphic design. He has been an art director and developed identitie...[Read more]



John Fleming

Performing Arts
Adjunct Instructor

As a director, choreographer, performer and teacher, John Fleming’s career spans over thirty years of artistic activity in the theater. Since 2010, he has been an adjunct instructor in theater at Central State University. As Founder and Artistic Director of the YS Kids Playhouse, an interdisciplinary theater for youth, he received numerous awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and t...[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. He teaches music education classes, supervises pre-service teachers in the area K-12 public schools, and is a State of Ohio & Pearson certified Praxis and edTPA assessor/scorer for First-Year Teachers.

Mr. Joseph received his BME and MA degrees in music from Andrews Univers...[Read more]



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]



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 (Bb, Eb Soprano, a...[Read more]



Dr. Lennard Moses

Performing Arts
Associate Professor and Chairman

Dr. Lennard V. Moses, Professor of Music, and Chairman of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Central State University. He directs Percussion and Global Music Studies at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio and holds degrees from Ohio State University, Northern Illinois University and Central State University. At an early age he began touring with the Desperados Steel Orchest...[Read more]



Neil Nanyi Qiang

Fine & Performing Arts
Assistant Professor of Music / Collaborative Pianist

Pianist Neil Nanyi Qiang is pursuing a diverse career as a chamber musician, vocal coach, and soloist. He has performed solo, chamber, and vocal recitals throughout the US, Canada, and China.

An alumnus of Music Academy of the West’s Collaborative Piano Program, he has appeared in music festivals such as SongFest, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, iSING Young Artists Festival, Vancouver...[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]



Jeremy Winston

Performing Arts
Director of CSU Chorus

Jeremy Scott Winston, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, graduated from Oakwood University in 2001 with a bachelor of arts degree in music and Morgan State University in 2003 with a master of arts degree.  Jeremy currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music and Chorus Director of the acclaimed Central State University Chorus at Central State University.  Accepting th...[Read more]