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Dr. Kent R Conrad

Dr. Kent R Conrad

Piano & Accompanying

Office: 2349 - Doudna Fine Arts Center
Phone: 217-581-5911
Fax: 217-581-7137
Email: krconrad@eiu.edu
Dr. Kent Conrad received his undergraduate degree in Classical Studies at Franklin and Marshall College. Following a stint in the United States Air Force as a Chinese translator, he received his law degree from Dickinson School of Law. In 2003 he completed his Masters Degree in Accompanying at the University of Missouri-Columbia. In 2013 he received his doctorate in Vocal Accompanying and Coaching at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. While at Missouri, Dr. Conrad served as the accompanist for the Carnegie Hall premiere of "Corps of Discovery", a commissioned opera about the journey of Lewis and Clark. Dr. Conrad has also served as accompanist and assistant conductor for the Harrisburg Opera Association of Pennsylvania and has been musical director for productions for the departments of Theatre at both University of Missouri and University of Illinois.  For the online Oxford Bibliographies of Music, Dr. Conrad contributed the entry for "Musical Theatre" in the fall of 2012.  Most recently Dr. Conrad presented masterclasses in American Musical Theatre at universities in Shanghai and Hohot, Mongolia.

Frequently Taught Courses

MUS0060  Introductory Piano I
MUS2203  Functional Skills in Piano I
MUS2204  Functional Skills in Piano II
MUS4920  Keyboard Literature


B.A. Classical Studies and Music, Franklin and Marshall College, 1984
J.D. Dickinson School of Law, 1996
M.A. Accompanying, University of Missouri
D.M.A. Vocal Accompanying and Coaching, University of Illinois, 2013


Contemporary Chinese Opera
Berlin Cabaret
American Musical Theatre

Selected Publications

"Musical Theatre" - Oxford Bibliographies of Music Online, Fall 2012

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