S. Kay Hoke


Member, Commission on Accreditation
Elected November 2016, term ends November 2019

S. Kay Hoke has served as Director of the Gettysburg College Sunderman Conservatory of Music since 2008. Previously the chair of the Division of Fine Arts at Brevard College and professor of music at Butler University, she has taught graduate and undergraduate music theory and history courses, as well as special seminars and honors courses on a wide range of topics.

Professor Hoke has served on the board of the College Music Society, chaired its Committee on the Status of Women, and was director of a College Music Society Institute on Women, Music and Gender. She was the principal lecturer for Indianapolis Opera and the pre-concert speaker for the Ensemble Music Society of Indianapolis. While living in North Carolina, she gave preview talks for Opera Carolina in Charlotte, and was a program annotator for the Brevard Music Center. Currently, she gives pre-opera talks for the Metropolitan Opera simulcast productions at the Majestic Theater in Gettysburg. She has regularly provided essays and synopses for Indianapolis Opera and other companies. From 1996 to 2014, she was an educational consultant and national workshop leader for Music! Words! Opera!, a program under the auspices of Opera America.

Professor Hoke holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky, where she began her path toward musicology as a student of Rey Longyear, and the Master of Arts (en passant) and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Iowa. She studied harpsichord with Naomi Rowley, and Baroque performance practices with Robert Donington before shifting focus to music theory, and later to music administration.
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Posted December 2016