IU Jacobs School of Music enters new era with record faculty hires


IU Jacobs School of Music enters new era with record faculty hiresFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJan. 11, 2018BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music continues to position itself for the future, while shaping the now, through its hiring of a record 22 faculty members this academic year. With 180 full-time faculty, more than 10% of its roster is new.
“We are positioning the school to continue to be a leading institution for the next 20 years by looking ahead and adding the necessary elements now,” said Jeremy Allen, Jacobs Eugene O’Brien Bicentennial Executive Associate Dean. “In addition to being influenced by significant developments such as the retirement of key faculty members, several other important considerations have helped to define our vision.”
Part of the process has been finding successors to longtime preeminent faculty members who are no longer with the Jacobs School, such as hiring New York City Ballet star Kyra Nichols as the Violette Verdy and Kathy Ziliak Anderson Chair in Ballet after ballet legend Verdy died last year.
Denson Paul Pollard, professor of trombone, and Demondrae Thurman, professor of euphonium, have joined the Brass Department after the retirement of trombonist and euphonium player M. Dee Stewart. The retirement of conductor David Effron prompted the hiring of Thomas Wilkins, Henry A. Upper Chair of Orchestral Conducting. Choral conductor Chris Albanese is the newly named director of the Singing Hoosiers, the position previously held by the late Steve Zegree.
The Jacobs School welcomed baroque cellist and violist da gamba Joanna Blendulf after the retirement of Wendy Gillespie, professor of viola da gamba, and Florence Sitruk joined the faculty as professor of harp upon the retirement of harp legend Susann McDonald.
“We also were eager to attract faculty who can bring expertise in new areas to us,” said Allen. “Our choral conducting department now has a dedicated choral scholar with the addition of Carolann Buff. …

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