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Dr. Michelle Kiec

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Michelle Kiec, Associate Dean in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, enjoys an active career as both a performing musician and arts administrator. She has performed with the Harrisburg Symphony, Harrisburg Opera, West Virginia Symphony, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, and Breckenridge Music Festival. As a soloist, she has appeared with the International Clarinet Association, Northern Plains Clarinet Symposium, Montana-Idaho Clarinet Festival, Midwest ClariFest, University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, Penn State Single Reed Summit, Fargo-Moorhead Clarinet Extravaganza, and Millersville Single Reed Symposium.

Dr. Kiec is a frequent conference presenter in the areas of distance education, instructional technology, curriculum development, student recruitment, assessment, and yoga for performing artists. Recent presentations include conferences of the College Music Society, Association for Technology in Music Instruction, National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, North Dakota Music Educators, Minnesota Music Educators, South Dakota Music Educators, International Clarinet Association, and North American Saxophone Alliance.

Dr. Kiec holds bachelor's degrees in saxophone performance and German from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She earned master's and doctoral degrees in clarinet performance at Peabody Conservatory of Music of The Johns Hopkins University. Previously, she taught woodwinds and music theory at Clarion University and University of Mary, where she also served as the Coordinator of Assessment and Accreditation for the School of Arts and Sciences.