André de Quadros Becomes New Director of the College of Fine Arts School of Music

in Arts, College of Fine Arts, News Releases, University Affairs
January 23rd, 2003

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Boston – Boston University College of Fine Arts announced today that André de Quadros, Professor and Chairman of the Music Education Department, has become the new Director of the School of Music.

De Quadros joined the College of Fine Arts during the 2001-2002 academic year as Chairman of the Music Education Department. In addition to his academic work, he has overseen the Boston University Music Organizations (BUMO)—the unit in charge of all-university ensembles such as the Symphonic Chorus, Marching Band, Jazz Workshops and the All-Campus Orchestra.

“We are pleased to announce Professor de Quadros’s appointment,” said Walt Meissner, Dean ad interim of the College of Fine Arts. “The music profession is global in scope, and it is important that students have access to this worldwide community. Professor de Quadros’s international background in music performance, education and administration is essential to the School of Music.”

A conductor and musicologist as well as an educator, de Quadros has lived for the past 27 years in Australia, working most recently as an Associate Professor and Director of Music Performance in the School of Music-Conservatorium at Monash University, Melbourne. There he received the Monash University Vice-Chancellor and President’s Special Commendation for Distinguished Teaching Award.

De Quadros received his B.A. from the University of Bombay and a Master of Education from La Trobe University. Trained in the violin from an early age, he has studied conducting, music education, composition and dance at universities in India, Europe, and Australia, including the Universitat Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and the Victorian College of the Arts, where he studied with the distinguished Romanian conductor, Robert Rosen. As a musicologist, he is an international scholar in Asian choral music.

De Quadros is also the artistic director of the Melbourne International Festival of Choirs; a board member of the International Federation for Choral Music; a member of the Editorial Committee for Music Education International, the journal of the International Society for Music Education; and editor of Music of Asia and the Pacific (Earthsongs, Oregon).

Conducting engagements of note include the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Prokofiev Symphony Orchestra (Ukraine), the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and the Shiki Daikunokai Orchestra and Chorus (Japan).

Boston University College of Fine Arts is a conservatory-style school within a major research university, offering a liberal arts education along with professional training in Music, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts to 1000 graduate and undergraduate students. Education at the College of Fine Arts begins at Boston University and extends into the city of Boston, a center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.

The School of Music, founded in 1873, combines the intimacy and intensity of conservatory training with a broadly-based, traditional liberal arts education. While the emphasis is strongly on music, the School enriches its programs with a range of electives, made available through the other Schools and Colleges within Boston University. The School offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Performance, Theory and Composition, Musicology, Music Education, Collaborative Piano (graduate only), Conducting (graduate only), Historical Performance, as well as a certificate program with the Boston University Opera Institute and an Artist Diploma in Performance.

Alumni and faculty are found in universities, schools, major symphony orchestras, opera companies, prestigious ensembles, and teaching positions throughout the world. Distinguished faculty members include opera singer Phyllis Curtin, composer Lukas Foss and violinist Roman Totenberg. Notable alumni include H. C. Robbins Landon, noted Haydn scholar; Fred Bronstein, president of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; the opera singer Dominique LaBelle; and Ikuko Mizuno-Spire, violinist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

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