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New Dean For Curtis

The Curtis Institute of Music has hired a new dean. John R. Mangan takes over the post June 15 after the retirement of Robert Fitzpatrick, who held the job for more than two decades. Mangan, 43, comes to Curtis after seven years at Yale University, where he was most recently assistant dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and lecturer in the department of history. As Curtis’ chief academic officer, he will oversee musical and liberal arts curriculum and the library, recruit and retain faculty, manage orchestra operations and weigh in on decisions regarding repertoire, and work with president Roberto Díaz as the school undergoes a facilities expansion. “It’s a lot about problem-solving, and also about working hard to maintain the high standards of the institution,” said Mangan. “Also I’ll be deeply involved in the life of the students and supporting them.” “We got over 200 applicants, and a lot of very interesting ones,” said Díaz. “He had just the right background. He had been a dean at Yale, he had a musical background…There were a lot of things in his resume that seemed to resonate with what we saw as necessary for the job.” Mangan was a classical guitarist, and for several years a music critic for the daily New Haven Register. He earned a Ph.D. in history and education from Columbia University, a master’s from Yale, and a bachelor of music degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He is married to dancer/choreographer Bronwen MacArthur, artistic director of the MacArthur Dance Project, a young troupe based in New Haven.

New Dean For Curtis

The Curtis Institute of Music has hired a new dean.
John R. Mangan takes over the post June 15 after the retirement of Robert Fitzpatrick, who held the job for more than two decades.
Mangan, 43, comes to Curtis after seven years at Yale University, where he was most recently assistant dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and lecturer in the department of history.
As Curtis’ chief academic officer, he will oversee musical and liberal arts curriculum and the library, recruit and retain faculty, manage orchestra operations and weigh in on decisions regarding repertoire, and work with president Roberto Díaz as the school undergoes a facilities expansion.
“It’s a lot about problem-solving, and also about working hard to maintain the high standards of the institution,” said Mangan. “Also I’ll be deeply involved in the life of the students and supporting them.”
“We got over 200 applicants, and a lot of very interesting ones,” said Díaz. “He had just the right background. He had been a dean at Yale, he had a musical background…There were a lot of things in his resume that seemed to resonate with what we saw as necessary for the job.”
Mangan was a classical guitarist, and for several years a music critic for the daily New Haven Register. He earned a Ph.D. in history and education from Columbia University, a master’s from Yale, and a bachelor of music degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
He is married to dancer/choreographer Bronwen MacArthur, artistic director of the MacArthur Dance Project, a young troupe based in New Haven.
 

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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