Dr. Dawn K. Baston

Dawn K. Batson, PhD, is a creative professional with more than 20 years of experience in multi-cultural education, utilizing music and the arts as a medium for cross-cultural outreach. She has toured Europe, the Caribbean, and North and South America as Music Director and Conductor with cultural groups and steel orchestras. Dr. Batson also lectures, judges international music competitions, and coordinates teacher workshops on Music Business and Caribbean culture in the Caribbean, Great Britain, France, Canada, the Netherlands, North Africa, and the United States of America. Dr. Batson holds a PhD in international affairs/music, a Master of Music Industry from the University of Miami, and a bachelor of science in music education from Hofstra University. She is currently a Professor of Music and Chair of Visual and Performing Arts at Florida Memorial University. Her compositions include the award-winning “Black Holes Do Exist” for steel orchestra, and most recently “Kyrie” and “Agnus Dei” composed in 2013 as part of a folk mass for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church in Coral Springs, Florida.