Michael Kingan

  • Michael KinganProfessor

    Director of Percussion Studies

    Contact Information

    Cogswell Hall 112



    Applied Percussion

    Percussion Ensemble


    DMA, University of North Texas

    MM, University of Cincinnati

    BME, The Ohio State University


    Michael Kingan (professor of Music) assumed the role of director of Percussion Studies in 2003. He teaches applied percussion and directs the IUP Percussion Ensemble and Steel Band. He holds the degrees DMA from the University of North Texas, MM from the University of Cincinnati, and BME from the Ohio State University. Prior to his appointment at IUP he held a similar position at Louisiana State University for seven years and at Texas Christian University for three years. He was also the percussion specialist at J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas, for six years and high school band director in Harlingen, Texas, for two. 

    Kingan has freelanced as a drummer and percussionist in the Columbus, Cincinnati, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and Baton Rouge/New Orleans areas, performing on occasion with symphonies in all the cities mentioned. Recently, he recorded the “Concertino for Solo Percussion and Band” by Jack Stamp on the Keystone Wind Ensemble CD Grace & Glory, and “Pegasus” by Ben Wahlund accompanied by members of the IUP Percussion Ensemble. He has performed, toured, and recorded with the Atlantic Brass Quintet, the chamber group Pastiche, and the Keystone Winds. As a soloist or chamber musician, he has performed at the PAS, MENC, NACWPI, and ITG national symposiums. As a conductor, he led both the IUP and LSU Percussion Ensembles to PASIC performances, including the important “New Literature for Percussion Ensemble” session at the PASIC 2007 in Columbus. He has commissioned and premiered several new works by professional composers, IUP alumni, and students. The ensemble commercially released the CD Opus Pocus on the Klavier label in 2011. A second CD project is currently under way. 

    In spring 2005, he created an extension of the Percussion Ensemble called “Intensity,” a percussion chamber ensemble which began performing an additional concert early each semester. He also initiated purchases of steel drums, and by 2007 the IUP Steel Band reached full instrumentation. Collaborations with the IUP Dance Theater, directed by Professor Holly Boda-Sutton, have been ongoing since 2004 and have been showcased in several forms. The largest of these creative, cross-disciplinary efforts are presented as the bi-annual An Evening of Dance and Percussion. Internal grants have assisted Kingan with travels to Japan for a collaborative project with the shamison duo Nitta Oyako in 2004 and a research trip to Rio de Janeiro and Bahia, Brazil, in 2008. He was awarded a Technology Fee Grant proposal, which funded and established the IUP Electronic Percussion Studio. 

    His students continue to prosper on campus, off campus, and especially after graduation. At least one percussion student has presented at every Undergraduate Scholars Conference since its inception. He has mentored a McNair Scholar, and other students have won IUP and local solo and concerto competitions. A vast majority of his graduates either have secured a job in the music field or have received an assistantship to attend noted graduate music programs. Several have continued their studies pursuing and completing their doctor of musical arts. Kingan’s articles have been published in Percussive Notes, Teaching Music, NACWPI Journal, and Yamaha Education Packets. He serves on the PAS Contest and Audition Procedures Committee and is endorsed as an artist/clinician by the Yamaha Corporation of America and Innovative Percussion.


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