Frank Kumor is Professor of Percussion at Kutztown University, a position he has held since 1997. In addition to teaching at KU, he performs solo and chamber concerts and is a regular guest with Tambor Fantasia of Argentina.
Rhythm! Scene: If you weren't a university percussion professor, what career could you see yourself having pursued?
I think if I were not in music, I would find myself working as a chef or woodworker. I enjoy both cooking and building.
R!S: What's one thing in your institution or city/town (other than your school of music or music department) that you are proud to tell people about?
FK: Kutztown University is known for its art program, but even the town itself has been home to many artists and craft persons not associated with the university. One of the most famous is artist Keith Haring. He was born in Kutztown, and you can find original works hanging locally such as on the walls in one of the downtown churches.
R!S: What's one thing about you that your students would unanimously proclaim?
FK: The students would probably say that I tend to develop a catch phrase that becomes a quote for each semester.
R!S: What is your all-time favorite album and why?
FK: My all-time favorite album is Moving Pictures by Rush. The sound of the band and the drumming ignited my interest in playing drums, which has never faded.
R!S: Where did you grow up and what’s one interesting thing about your childhood (musically or otherwise)?
FK: I grew up in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. I auditioned for band in high school on trumpet and didn’t get accepted. Then my friend asked me to play cymbals and that was it!