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2013-2014 Members
Kelley Anderson Cedric Dent Paul Fischer Michael Fleming Jen Gunderman
Doug Howard Mark Allen Jackson Will Leggett Amy Macy Kris McCusker
Rachel Morris Bruce Nemerov Martha Norkunis Stephen Shearon  
Cedric Dent, Professor of Music, Middle Tennessee State University.

Cedric Carl Dent, a native of Detroit, Michigan, was a baritone vocalist, music arranger, and co-producer of the 10-time GRAMMY Award-winning vocal group, TAKE 6. After 25 years, Dent retired from full-time performing and has been an emeritus member of the group since 2011. He studied at the University of Michigan (B.M., vocal music education, 1985), the University of Alabama (M.M., music theory/arranging, 1987) and the University of Maryland (Ph.D., music theory, 1997). His research interests include the historical and harmonic development of black gospel music, and vocal jazz group arranging and performance. His doctoral dissertation traces the harmonic development of the black religious quartet singing tradition. In 2004, Dent was appointed Geier Visiting Professor at Middle Tennessee State University. He joined the faculty of the School of Music full-time in 2005 and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music theory, music arranging, music industry, and the history of black gospel music.

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