AdministrationPaul Kreider, Dean
Paul K. Kreider joined WVU as Dean of the College of Creative Arts in July of 2011. He has served as Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at Western Illinois University; chair of the Department of Music at Northern Kentucky University; associate dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; chair and assistant chair, coordinator of Vocal Studies and director of Opera Theater at the department of music at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and instructor at West Chester University.
Dr. Kreider earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and received his master’s degree in music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Arizona. He also studied music and theater at Mankato State University. He co-founded the Southern Nevada Opera Association, won a Teacher of the Year award at UNLV and is a Distinguished Alumnus from the University of Arizona School of Music. He served as a board member of the Illinois Arts Alliance and the International Council of Fine Arts Deans. Kreider has also been a member of the music and Partner’s in Excellence panels for the Illinois Arts Council.
Kreider’s many performing credits include numerous roles with the Lyric Opera of Chicago for six seasons, and as principal baritone with the Landestheater Salzburg for three years. In addition, Kreider has also appeared throughout the world with world-renowned singers, conductors, and stage directors at the Vienna State Opera, Maggio Musicale in Florence, Atlanta Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, National Opera of Slovenia, Rome, Santa Fe, and Tokyo, Japan. His symphonic credits include the Great Woods Festival, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Austria’s Mozarteum Orchestra, Illinois Symphony, Kentucky Symphony and the Tucson Symphony. With the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the New Mexico Symphony Kreider sang performances of Off’s “Carmina Burana.” Most recently Dr. Kreider appeared with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra in Edward Collins’ “Daughter of the South.”
John Hendricks, III, Associate Dean
John Hendricks, III is presently serving as Assistant Dean of Recruiting and Retention for the College of Creative Arts at West Virginia University, in addition to serving as Director of Bands for the School of Music. Prior to these appointments, Professor Hendricks served as WVU’s Associate Director of Bands for twelve years. His present teaching duties include conducting the University’s Wind Symphony and instructing graduate conducting courses. His past duties at WVU include directing the WVU Marching Band, Symphonic Band, and Pep Band, as well as instructing several music education courses including undergraduate conducting and public school arranging. He has also served as Assistant Chair for the School of Music, coordinator of music undergraduate academic advising, coordinator of the WVU summer Mountaineer Music Camp, and conductor of the Studio Orchestra. Prior to his appointments at WVU, Professor Hendricks was the Assistant Director of Bands at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Professor Hendricks received his Masters Degree in Conducting and his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from West Virginia University. While working toward his Masters, he was actively involved with the West Virginia University Bands as a graduate assistant. He also served for five years as the band director at Spencer High School in Spencer, WV.
Besides his current administrative and teaching duties, Professor Hendricks is active as a guest conductor for various honor groups on the county, district, regional, and all-state levels. He also serves frequently as an adjudicator and clinician throughout the eastern United States. He has had several chapters published in the popular Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series by GIA Publications. His current research is focused upon the use of hymns in wind band music.
Professor Hendricks is a member of several professional music affiliations including the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, National Association for Music Education, and Phi Beta Mu. Professor Hendricks is presently the state chair for the National Band Association, co-advisor for the Omicron Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, and past-president of the Big East Band Directors Association. He has also held state positions for the College Band Directors National Association and the West Virginia Music Educators Association. He is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi, the Golden Key National Honor Society, and the WVU Mountain Honorary. Professor Hendricks is a past recipient of the “West Virginia Band Director of the Year” award presented by the Tau Chapter of Phi Beta Mu. Professor Hendricks has been an arranger for university and high school bands, as well as a coordinator for various events and conferences.