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Roman Totenberg, virtuoso violinst, beloved teacher, has died at 101.

Was Still Teaching … Even On His Deathbed I am saddened to inform you of the passing of our esteemed colleague and dear friend, Professor Emeritus of Music Roman Totenberg. A survivor of two world wars, Roman offered the world hope and love through his extraordinary music-making. First guided in his art by 19th century […]

Bruce MacCombie 1943-2012

Composer Was Dean of the College of Fine Arts 1992-2000 I am sorry to announce that Bruce MacCombie has passed away after a long illness.  He served as dean of the College of Fine Arts (then School for the Arts) from 1992-2000. A distinguished composer and theorist, his works have been recorded on the BGS […]

Minister’s Questions: British MP David Lammy Addresses CFA Class

I was honored to have British MP and former Culture Minister David Lammy speak and take questions in my arts leadership class this evening.  The Labour party member who is expected to seek higher office, spoke of the transformative role choral singing played in his development as a young man. Lammy emphasized that art teaches […]

Opera Institute Graduate Morris Robinson in Showboat at Chicago’s Lyric Stage

A”perfectly cast ensemble performs some of the most enduring songs and theatre music ever written…Morris Robinson (Joe) sing(s) with touching realism and personal connection… No one should miss it”– Chicago Sun-Times See a short introduction of this lavish production by Renee Flemming and hear Morris Robinson sing:

My Letter To CFA Alumni

Dear College of Fine Arts Alumna/us: I have recently completed my “freshman” year as dean of the Boston University College of Fine Arts. My course of study, not surprisingly, was two invigorating semesters of what might be called “CFA 101.” I have learned many things—about the interests of my fellow faculty members, the ambitions of […]

CFA Saturday Workshops! All BU Students Welcome

Click on the poster for more information. Please urge your students to attend.

My Interview in BU Today

If you have a moment, please read my thoughts on the future of the arts at BU.  We have big plans and I need your thoughts and suggestions, It’s been just a year since Mexican conductor and arts administrator Benjamin Juarez put down his baton and took up residence as the dean of the […]

BU Campus-Wide Arts Initiative

With yesterday’s announcement in BU Today about Provost Morrison’s creation of a new BU Campus-Wide Arts Initiative, I am thrilled that we now have the mandate and the structure to enhance the role of the arts at Boston University for the benefit of all our students. The spirit of the initiative is to insure that […]

In Memorium: James V. “Tim” Nicholson, Longtime Professor and Friend of the School of Theatre

We are mourning the death of James V. “Tim” Nicholson, longtime faculty member and theatre artist.  Professor Nicholson died of pneumonia on August 9, in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, at the age of 84.  A memorial service was held at Crosslands Nursing Home on Saturday, August 20. Tim Nicholson was appointed to the School of Theatre […]

“Near Death Experience” Pushes DSO to Reinvent Itself

In the 7/31/2011, Financial Times, Petroc Trelawny reports on the trials of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. A strike by the Orchestra’s players this past spring “ended when the players agreed, in April, to a 23 per cent pay cut, reducing their base salary from $104,000 to $79,000. Even after the cuts, it’s still far from […]