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John R. Mangan, Ph.D. To Join The Curtis Institute of Music as Vice President and Dean

Dr. Mangan Succeeds Robert Fitzpatrick in June


Roberto Díaz, president and chief executive officer of The Curtis Institute of Music, has announced the appointment of John R. Mangan, Ph.D., as vice president and dean. Dr. Mangan will oversee the academic, musical studies, and performance curricula, as well as all areas relating to students and faculty. He succeeds Robert Fitzpatrick, who retires in May after a twenty-nine-year tenure at Curtis.

Dr. Mangan brings to Curtis broad experience in academic administration, teaching, and music performance. For the last seven years, he has held administrative and teaching posts at Yale University, most recently as assistant dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and lecturer in the Department of History. From 2002 to 2006 he worked in undergraduate academic and student affairs at Yale as dean of Jonathan Edwards College, long regarded as Yale's music and arts residential college. Dr. Mangan holds a Ph.D. in History and Education from Columbia University. A classical guitarist with extensive performing experience, he earned a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

"Curtis is very fortunate to welcome a new dean with Dr. Mangan's breadth and depth of knowledge," said Mr. Díaz. "His multifaceted experience at Yale, with its highly gifted student body, makes him a natural choice to work with our superb young musicians at Curtis. With his background as a musician, he is very familiar with the training of young artists. As an administrator, he has led major projects that suit him well for Curtis's own emerging initiatives. At the same time, he understands our school's long and rich history and the foundation it provides for our future."

"President Diaz and the search committee have given me an extraordinary opportunity to help lead one of the world's great centers of learning in music," said Dr. Mangan. "With its renowned faculty, supremely gifted students, and dedicated staff, Curtis has long held an inspired place in music education. I look forward to working each day to further that tradition of excellence. I am thrilled to be joining the Curtis community."

Violin faculty member Ida Kavafian, who served on the search committee, commented, "I am looking forward to welcoming Dr. Mangan to the Curtis family. His intellect and his passion for music, combined with a sensitivity for the intricacies of working with unusually gifted students as well as faculty, make him a great fit for Curtis." Benjamin Beilman, a violinist and member of the student interview team, added, "Dr. Mangan holds the opinions and ideas of students in very high regard. He is approachable and has a wonderful ability to establish immediate rapport while inspiring respect as well."

In addition to his major administrative and teaching positions at Yale, Dr. Mangan also worked in student affairs at Middlebury College as dean of Ross Commons and held posts in Yale's Undergraduate Career Services and International Education offices and in its Music Library. He taught classical guitar at the Hartt School, community division and at New Haven's Neighborhood Music School. As music critic for the daily New Haven Register for several years, he penned both classical music and theatre reviews; and he served as music librarian and program annotator for the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.

Dr. Mangan succeeds Robert Fitzpatrick, who retires at the close of the 2008-09 school year. A 1968 graduate of Curtis, Mr. Fitzpatrick joined the school's staff in 1980 and has served as dean for more than two decades. He announced his departure last summer in order to assure a smooth transition to new academic leadership. The search for Mr. Fitzpatrick's successor began in October with the appointment of a search committee comprising faculty, trustees, and staff members. The committee conducted an inclusive and intensive process, involving student input and detailed interviews with prospective candidates.

The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world's leading music schools, Curtis provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its students, ensuring that admissions are based solely on artistic promise. A Curtis education is uniquely tailored to the individual student, with personalized attention from a celebrated faculty and unusually frequent performance opportunities. This distinctive "learn by doing" approach to musical training has produced an impressive number of notable artists, from such legends as Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber to current stars Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Leila Josefowicz,Jennifer Higdon, and Lang Lang.


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Elizabeth Racheva
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(215) 717-3187
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