Robert Dodson Appointed Director of the Boston University School of Music

September 21, 2009

BOSTON, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Robert K. Dodson, an educator with over 30 years’ experience as a teacher and administrator at prestigious music schools in the United States and Canada, will serve as Director of the School of Music in the Boston University College of Fine Arts, announced Walt C. Meissner, Dean ad interim of the College.

Dodson, who begins his appointment this month, comes to Boston University from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he was Director of the Division of Music in the Meadows School of the Arts. Over the past two decades, he has served as Provost of the New England Conservatory in Boston, Dean of the Oberlin College Conservatory in Ohio, Dean of the Lawrence University Conservatory in Wisconsin, and Principal of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

As Director of the BU School of Music, Dodson will oversee a resident undergraduate and graduate student body of 500, online graduate programs in music education, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and 163 full-time and adjunct faculty with 23 staff members. Dodson will provide the vision to build upon the School’s long history of significant accomplishment as a professional institution preparing performers, composers, scholars and teachers for careers in music. Among the elements of Dodson’s vision are an increase in the use of music technology at all levels, and the creation of a career orientation program designed to cultivate musicians with an entrepreneurial spirit and the flexibility to succeed in their chosen profession in the twenty-first century.

Dodson received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Indiana University School of Music, and began his career performing as a cellist.

The Boston University School of Music at the College of Fine Arts, founded in 1872, is the oldest degree-granting music program in the United States. The School is committed to integrating professional training and the study of the liberal arts for undergraduate students, and to providing graduate students with the rich intellectual and artistic environment essential for professional development. Boston University is one of the leading private research and teaching institutions in the world today, with two primary campuses in the heart of Boston and programs around the world.

    Press Contacts:
    Ellen Carr: 617.353.8783 / emcarr@bu.edu
    Jean Connaughton: 617.353.7293 / jeanconn@bu.edu

SOURCE Boston University College of Fine Arts

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