Music Faculty

Kimm Hollis
Kimm Hollis

Kimm Hollis

Professor of Music and Artist in Residence

(812) 866-7342

hollis@hanover.edu

Biography:

Kimm Hollis joined the music faculty in 1975. He is an adjudicator, workshop clinician and member of several music teacher organizations. Hollis is a co-author of three editions of the Indiana State School Music Association's "Required Piano Solo List Manual," and his "Part-Writing Handbook" and "Excerpt Anthology for Analysis" are texts in Hanover College music theory classes.

Hollis' students are recipients of many competition prizes and are distinguished performers and successful teachers at every level. In 2011, the governor of Indiana named him a Distinguished Hoosier, an award given at the governor's discretion to Indiana residents whose careers have brought honor and respect to the state. The Jefferson County Historical Society in 2010 presented him with its award, Special Friend, for his many area benefit concerts. In addition to a record 14 appearances as piano concerto soloist with the Hanover College-Madison Area Orchestra, Hollis recorded the CD "Kimm Hollis Plays Debussy, Chopin and Brahms."

He maintains a strong connection with his undergraduate alma mater, Millikin University. In 2000, Hollis was the recipient of the Alumni Loyalty Award; the university has named various areas in the School of Music in honor of Hollis and his family. The Millikin University-Hollis Prize is the most prestigious award given annually in the university's School of Music.

Education:

B.M., Millikin University; M.M., University of Illinois; D.A., Ball State University
Madlen Batchvarova
Madlen Batchvarova

Madlen Batchvarova

Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Programs

(812) 866-7327

batchvarova@hanover.edu

Biography:

Madlen Batchvarova is a successful conductor, pianist, singer, music educator, clinician and adjudicator. Currently, she serves as associate professor of music and director of choral programs, where she conducts the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Batchvarova also teaches conducting, music history and has a large private voice studio.

Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Batchvarova holds bachelor's and master's degrees in music education in piano performance and solfege from the Academy of Music and Dance Art in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, as well as a master's in choral conducting from Georgia State University. She completed her doctorate in choral conducting at the University of Alabama.

Batchvarova made her debut as a conductor with the Plovdiv Academy Women's Choir of Bulgaria. She has conducted the ensemble in concerts in the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria, the French Cultural Institute in Plovdiv, as well as the International Choral Festival in Preveza, Greece.

An accomplished pianist, some of the highlights of her accompanying career include first prize in the Competition for Czech and Slovak Music in Varna, Bulgaria, which led to concert engagements at the Bulgarian Cultural Institutes in Prague, the Czech Republic and Bratislava, Slovakia.

During the Hanover's Community Arts Series in 2003, she performed along with pianist Kimm Hollis in a "Music for Two Pianos" concert. In 2008, Batchvarova and organist David Lamb launched a new piano-organ duet, "Kontrasti," which performed frequently around the state.

Since her arrival in the U.S. in 1995, she has performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus under the direction of Maestro Robert Shaw. Some highlights of her participation with the ensemble include a Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance in 1998, Carnegie Hall appearances with Bach's Mass in B minor and Brahms' Requiem, and participation at the Opening Ceremonies of the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta.

In addition to her demanding teaching and performing schedule, Batchvarova maintains an active international career. Among her accomplishments are conducting appearances, workshops, scholarly presentations and publications at the University of Granada, Spain, Academy for Music, Dance, and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, and the Thracian University in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria.

She is a regular presenter of interest and reading sessions at the Indiana State and Division conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. Batchvarova also serves as a historical/performance practice consultant for choirs and other musical organizations around the country.

In demand as a guest clinician and conductor, she has conducted honor and all-state choirs in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Bulgaria. Batchvarova is also active as an adjudicator for regional and state solo and choral competitions. She was a member of the jury at the International Choral Festival in Preveza, Greece, and adjudicated the ACDA Student Conducting Competition at the 2007 National Convention.

Batchvarova is a voting member of the National Academy for Recording Arts and Sciences, the Indiana Choral Directors Association's executive board as the Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives Chair, MENC, American Guild of Organists, College Music Society and the Phi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society. Her biography is included in the almanacs "Who's Who in America," "Who's Who of American Women" and "Who's Who in World's Professionals."

Education:

B.M., Plovdiv Academy for Music & Dance Art; M.M., Georgia State University; D.M.A., University of Alabama
David Mruzek
David Mruzek

David Mruzek

Associate Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Programs

(812) 866-7329

mruzek@hanover.edu

Biography:

David Mruzek serves as assistant professor of music and director of instrumental music programs. The ensembles under his direction include the Concert Band, College-Community Orchestra and Jazz Band. He also coordinates several chamber ensembles and teaches music literature and instrumental lessons.

Mruzek holds a bachelor's degree in music from the University of Toledo. Both of his advanced degrees are from Ohio State University, where Mruzek served as a teaching assistant in the music history department. For his doctoral dissertation on "The Warriors" of Percy Grainger, Mruzek earned the Grainger Medallion from the International Percy Grainger Society.

Prior to joining Hanover in 2006, he taught at Dodge City Community College (Kan.), Colby Community College (Kan.) and Columbus State Community College (Ohio). The Northwest District of the Kansas Music Educators Association selected Mruzek as its Outstanding College Music Educator in 2004.

For 11 years, he was a member of the 122nd Army Band of the Ohio Army National Guard, advancing to the rank of sergeant. Mruzek served as principal clarinetist and librarian for this ensemble. In 1994, he earned the Army Commendation Medal for distinguished service.

Mruzek is also a composer of original works for concert band, with more than 20 works to his credit. His compositions have been performed by numerous ensembles, including the United States Military Academy Band, the Indiana Wind Symphony, the Angelo State University Symphonic Band and the Ohio State University Concert Band. Three of his works are published, including "Early One Morning March," "Boy Scout Centennial" and "Apollo Anniversary." In addition, the Kjos Company of San Diego, Calif., has published his text "Contemporary Rhythm Drills for Band and Orchestra."

Actively involved in the Boy Scouts of America, in July 2005 and 2010, Mruzek served as the assistant band director for the National Boy Scout Jamboree held at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia. He has written four band compositions to honor the Boys Scouts: "Boy Scout Centennial", "Order of the Arrow", "The Eagle Scouter" and "Camp Louis Ernst."

Education:

B.E. (Music), University of Toledo; M.A., Ph.D., Ohio State University

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