Boston University School of Music Director to Step Down

in College of Fine Arts, News Releases, University Affairs
September 22nd, 2008

Contact: Ellen Carr, 617-353-8783 |
Contact: Jean Connaughton, 617-353-7293 |

(Boston) – After six years as Director of the Boston University School of Music at the College of Fine Arts, Director André de Quadros has announced that he is stepping down at the end of this academic year. After leaving the directorship, Professor de Quadros plans to devote more time to teaching music education and in interdisciplinary areas, working on two books, and continuing his work on global projects. During his tenure, the School of Music celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Boston University Opera Institute and the 40th anniversary of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, welcomed several influential faculty members, and broadened its curriculum to embrace a more global perspective in its offerings. A search committee for his successor will be assembled in the coming weeks and an official search will be launched soon thereafter.

Walt Meissner, dean ad interim of the College of Fine Arts, praised Professor de Quadros’s accomplishments as Director of the School. “André is an artist and an educator with a real passion for music, and a vision for the role he believes it should play in all our lives. Throughout his tenure, he has been the driving force behind many initiatives to broaden and deepen the School of Music curriculum, and a tireless builder of the School’s community of musicians. It will be terrific to see him have the time to pursue his diverse artistic, scholarly, and humanitarian interests.”

André de Quadros has been with the School of Music since 2001 as Professor of Music, Director of the School of Music, and Artistic Director of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. During his tenure, Professor de Quadros helped develop and implement an extremely successful music education program offering Masters and Doctorate degrees online; he was a key figure in the Tanglewood II Symposium, a forum for brainstorming new philosophies and approaches to music learning in the 21st century; and through his artistic leadership, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute continues to be considered one of the nation’s top summer music programs for high school students.

A conductor, scholar, and educator, Professor de Quadros lived for 26 years in Australia, working most recently as an Associate Professor and Director of Performance at Monash University. There, he received the Vice-Chancellor and President’s Special Commendation for Distinguished Teaching Award. Conducting engagements of note include the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Prokofiev Symphony Orchestra (Ukraine), National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Baden-Baden Orchester, Shiki Daikunokai Choir and Orchestra (Japan), and Kaunas State Philharmonic Choir (Lithuania). Professor de Quadros is the artistic director of several projects in Indonesia, India, and the Arab world. He is a noted scholar in contemporary choral music, and is a human rights activist for music in the developing world.

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. The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.

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 character of the School is shaped by its position at the center of a major university situated in the heart of Boston, a city that takes learning and music seriously. The School is committed to integrating professional training and the study of the liberal arts for undergraduate students. At the graduate level, students participate in a rich intellectual and artistic environment, vital for professional development. Alumni and faculty are members of major symphony orchestras, opera companies, prestigious ensembles, and educational institutions throughout the world.

Notable alumni of the School of Music include Ted Atkatz, former principal percussionist, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Fred Bronstein, President & Executive Director, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra; Marcus Haddock, tenor; Kelly Kaduce, soprano; Ikuko Mizuno-Spire, violinist, Boston Symphony Orchestra; Joseph Pereira, principal timpanist, Los Angeles Philharmonic; Sandra Piques Eddy, mezzo soprano; Morris Robinson, bass; Na Sun, violinist, New York Philharmonic; and Anthony Tommasini, chief classical music critic, The New York Times.

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