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UC Faculty member David Threlkeld promoted to Professor of Music


Williamsburg, Ky. – University of Cumberlands (UC) Associate Professor of Music, David Threlkeld has been promoted to Professor of Music as announced by Dr. Larry Cockrum, Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Threlkeld received his Bachelor of Music Education from Morehead State University where he studied saxophone with Eugene Norden and David Anderson and clarinet with Dr. William Bigham. He went on to receive his Master of Music in saxophone performance at Northwestern University where he studied with world renowned saxophonist Dr. Frederick Hemke. He has since continued private study in jazz performance with Ward Smith at Tulane University, Jerry Coker at the University of Tennessee and Miles Osland at the University of Kentucky.

Threlkeld has been teaching at UC since 1990. In addition to his duties as professor, Threlkeld also serves as Coordinator of Instrumental Music Studies. He is the director of the UC Jazz Ensemble and coaches various chamber ensembles.

Outside of UC, Threlkeld is active around the region, working as an adjudicator for solos and ensemble festivals, marching band and concerto competitions, honor band and jazz ensemble seating auditions and All-State Band tryouts. He also frequently serves as a clinician in woodwind and jazz performance and has recently presented clinics at KMEA in both areas. Threlkeld was recently elected both as president of the Kentucky Association of Jazz Educators and as College/University Chair for the Kentucky Music Educators Association. He has been chosen as the college/university representative for KMEA District 10 on numerous occasions and has been nominated by his district for Collegiate Music Educator of the Year. He is also a member of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

Threlkeld has performed with various artists, including Lou Rawls, the Four Tops, Shirley Jones and the Temptations. He stays active as a performer at UC, having performed a varied repertoire on saxophone, clarinet and flute. He was a founding member of the Jobe blues band from Knoxville and is the director of the London Jazz Orchestra and the Little Big Band, both based in London, Ky.

The requirements for promotion at UC include evidence of effective teaching and substantial professional growth as well as service for the required number of years. Faculty members seeking promotion are also required to compose a narrative explaining their teaching philosophy. They must also collect letters of recommendation from supporting faculty and students and appear before the Tenure and Promotions Committee for an interview.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.

Article Provided by Kristin Gotch, University of the Cumberlands Multimedia & Athletic Services Summer Assistant