Dr. Alice Wang
Assistant Professor of Music
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With a career including solo and ensemble concerts in Belgium, New York City, Sweden, Los Angeles and Taiwan, Alice Wang's clarinet performances have been described as “lively, assuring” and “incredible [with] fast and intricate finger work.”  She has worked with composers Henryk Gorecki, Joan Tower and Jennifer Higdon and performed under Christopher Hogwood and Gunther Schuller.  Dr. Wang has also had the pleasure of recording with jazz harmonicist Jean “Toots” Thielemans and premiered compositions by John Corigliano, percussionist Kevin Norton and jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas, the latter as a member of the award-winning American Repertory Ensemble.  Some of the other highlights of Dr. Wang's career include collaborating in a European concert tour to promote the awareness of Asian cultures, receiving an invitation from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Stockholm to be a resident guest artist and giving a solo concerto performance with the Texas Festival Orchestra. 
Since her appointment as Assistant Professor of Clarinet for the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University in 2007, Dr. Wang directs the Dana Clarinet Ensemble and has been a featured soloist with the Youngstown State University Wind Ensemble and the Ohio District 5 Honor Band.  She is also a member of the Faculty woodwind quartet at Youngstown State University and has performed with the Valley Lyric Opera, Opera Western Reserve and the Westminster woodwind quintet.  Dr. Wang completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Clarinet at the University of Texas at Austin with Prof. Richard MacDowell.  Her previous teachers include Yehuda Gilad and Mitchell Lurie at the University of Southern California, as well as Sir Walter Boeykins at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Antwerpe and Hermann Stefansson of the Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Joseph Edwards, Dean of the College of Fine & Performing Arts at Youngstown State University, joined the faculty of the Dana School of Music in 1969 after his tenure at Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa.  Since his appointment, his responsibilities have included creating a saxophone degree program, teaching clarinet, conducting the symphonic, concert, and marching bands, serving as the Director of the Dana School of Music from 1990-2000 and as Interim Dean of the Beeghly College of Education from 2000-2002.
Professor Edwards received a Bachelor of Music in Education Degree from YSU, a Master of Music Performance as a Woodwind Specialist from Michigan State University where he studied clarinet with Keith Stein and Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, and pursued studies at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in the Doctor of Musical Arts Program.  Further clarinet studies included work with Robert Marcellus and Richard Waller.
Having appeared frequently as guest soloist and clinician with both high school and college ensembles and at state and national music conferences, Professor Edwards has also performed with the American Wind Symphony, Sioux City Symphony, Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Concert Band, Blossom Festival Band, Cleveland Symphonic Winds, Warren Chamber Orchestra, and the Dana Faculty Wind Quintet.  He has recorded vinyl and compact discs with groups from Iowa, Michigan, and Ohio.
He is a member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and The National Leadership Honor Society of Omicron Delta Kappa.  He was awarded the Distinguished Professor of Music Award from YSU in 1988 and granted the prestigious Watson Award from YSU in 1996.  In 2000, Professor Edwards was honored with a chairperson's leadership award and was the first recipient of the College of Fine & Performing Arts Alumni Award.  Most recently, in the spring of 2006, he was inducted into the Arts Hall of Fame at Ursuline High School, his alma mater.  He has also served on the Struthers Board of Education for eight years.
Joseph Edwards is the father of one college-aged son, Justin, with whom he shares a passion for golf.  Edwards, his wife Karen, an adjunct faculty member in the Dana School of Music, and their son reside in Poland, Ohio.
Dean Joseph Edwards
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