Meet Our MMME Faculty
Dr. Lynda Hasseler, D.M.A.
Dr. Lynda Hasseler, D.M.A., Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities in the Conservatory of Music at Capital University. Dr. Hasseler assumed directorship of the renowned Chapel Choir in 1990 and became the first woman to lead a choral program at the Lutheran college or university. At Capital, Dr. Hasseler directs the Chapel Choir and Choral Union and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting. She is a graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and received her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in conducting from Michigan State University.
Dr. Laura Kitchel
Dr. Laura Kitchel, Assistant Professor of Music Education and Area Head of Music in Education in the Conservatory of Music at Capital University. Dr. Kitchel teaches courses in Music Education, conducts the University Women’s Chorus, and directs and teaches in the Master of Music in Music Education summer program. As a clinician and researcher, Dr. Kitchel has presented at many state and national conferences, including Ohio Music Education Association, the National NAfME, the Music Research and Teacher Education National, and the Missouri Music Education Association. Dr. Kitchel holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Bowling Green State University, a master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of Kentucky, and a doctorate in Music Education from the University of Missouri.
Lilla Gåbor, born in Budapest, Hungary, graduated from the Liszt Academy of Music with honors, majoring in Choral Conducting and Music Pedagogy, and pursued post-graduate studies at the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts and at Temple University (Philadelphia, USA) in Contemporary Music, Chamber Music, Piano Accompaniment and Choral Conducting. She is in great demand as a guest professor, lecturer and choral conductor at universities, conservatories and festivals in Hungary, Canada, United States, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Slovakia, Denmark, Italy, Ireland, England, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, India and Australia.
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Dr. Andrea Solya
Dr. Andrea Solya, Teaching Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At the U of I, Dr. Solya teaches composition-theory and choral music courses and is the director of the Women’s Glee Club. She has also served as the Director of the Chamber Choir and Youth Chorale at the Central Illinois Children’s Chorus since 2006, and currently serves as College/University Repertoire and Standards chair of IL-ACDA. She has performed and presented on national and international stages. Dr. Solya received her Bachelor in Music and Master’s in Music Education and Choral Conducting at the University of Szeged, Hungary, a MM from The Ohio State University, and her DMA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During her summers, she teaches musicianship, conducting and choral methodology courses in the master’s program of the Kodaly Institute at Capital University.
Dr. Michael Cox
Dr. Michael Cox, Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Capital University. In addition to teaching, Dr. Cox is an active musician and performer with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, the Columbus, Lancaster, and Newark Symphony Orchestras, the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, and other groups including Such Sweet Thunder, the Black Swamp Saxophone Quartet, the High Street Stompers Dixieland Band, the Powerhouse Trio, and Flippo. He holds a Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master’s degree from Wichita State University, and a Bachelor’s degree and Distinguished Alumnus 2000 Award from Cameron University.