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Dr. Michael Yonchak

Department of Music

Assistant Professor


University of Kentucky, Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting, 2008
Youngstown State University, Master of Music in Conducting, 2003
Youngstown State University, Bachelor of Music in Education (Percussion emphasis), 2000

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Frank Zappa
  • Educational Philosophy
  • Drum set performance
Professional Affiliations and Awards
  • Endorsee for Vic Firth, Inc.
  • Member of the Collegiate Educator Program
  • Kappa Kappa Psi (honorary)
  • Tau Beta Sigma (honorary)
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (honorary)
  • Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA)
  • College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA)
  • National Band Association (NBA)
  • Percussive Arts Society (PAS)
  • "Frank Zappa’s Envelopes: Style and Analysis." WASBE Journal, Volume 16, March 2010. (Accepted through peer review)
  • "The Crux of the Biscuit: A Look at Frank Zappa’s Dog Breath Variations for Wind Ensemble and Rock Band." NBA Journal, Volume 49 (2), December 2008.
  • "The Rock and Roll Wind Ensemble: Rehearsal Strategies and Stylistic Interpretations to Three Works for Wind Ensemble by Frank Zappa." DMA dissertation, University of Kentucky, May 2009

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