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Welcome to the College of Creative Arts and Communication! As you move around Bliss Hall, you will find the College to be a hub of activity featuring events, faculty and student engagement, and a stimulating environment for learning about the arts. The faculty are dedicated to student success and providing hands-on opportunities.

-Michael R. Crist, Ph.D.

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Dean Crist

Michael R. Crist, Ph.D. |  Interim Dean

Michael Crist has been a member of the Dana School of Music faculty for more than 30 years. Dr. Crist currently serves as Interim Dean of the College of Creative Arts and Communication, and before that appointment he served as Director of the Dana School of Music at YSU for thirteen years. His teaching responsibilities have included; applied trombone, assistant band director, director of Jazz Ensemble II and III, conductor of the Dana Trombone Ensemble, and numerous classes in music education and music technology.

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NEO Keyboard FestivalKeyboard Festival
OCT 4 - 7 |  Guzzetta Recital Hall, University of Akron

Drs. Metchkov and Reinhuber join composer/pianist James Wilding and Steinway artist Caroline Oltmanns in an afternoon of piano and harpsichord music for two, four, and eight hands.

Lisa JakelskiLecture by Musicologist Lisa Jakelski
OCT 9  |  4:00 PM  |  Bliss Recital Hall

The lecture is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Dana Research Society, a student organization promoting student research in music.

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Dana School of Music Open HouseDana School of Music Fall Open House
OCT 14  |  8:30 AM  |  Bliss Hall Lobby

Students considering attending Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music are invited to a Fall Open House. Click here for a printable Open House brochure  

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Photographer David HilliardLecture by Photographer David Hilliard
OCT 15  |  4:00 PM  |  McDonough Museum of Art

Youngstown State University’s Department of Art presents a lecture by contemporary photographer David Hilliard.

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Gotta Have it!Gotta Have it! | Retrospective Exhibition 
SEP 18 - NOV 6  |  McDonough Museum of Art

The exhibition is a preview of artwork that will be auctioned
off on November 6 and proceeds will benefit the Museum’s Endowment.

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