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bruce mcclung Named Interim Dean of UC's College-Conservatory of Music

This appointment follows the naming of current CCM Dean Peter Landgren as UC’s Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. Both Landgren and mcclung’s interim terms are set to begin on Friday, July 15.

Date: 7/5/2016 12:00:00 AM
By: Curt Whitacre
Other Contact: Becky Butts
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bruce mcclung has been named interim dean of CCM.
A CCM faculty member for nearly 25 years, bruce mcclung has been named Interim Dean of the college.

Cincinnati, OH – The University of Cincinnati has appointed bruce mcclung to serve as Interim Dean of the College-Conservatory of Music, a nationally ranked and internationally renowned institution for the performing and media arts. This appointment follows the naming of current CCM Dean Peter Landgren as UC’s Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. Both Landgren and mcclung’s interim appointments are set to begin on Friday, July 15, 2016.

“We are fortunate to have a leader amongst leaders who has agreed to serve as CCM’s Interim Dean,” Landgren said. “When I asked if he would fill this role, bruce’s first question to me revealed his insight and dedication as a leader and creative individual: How could he continue to propel the ONECCM initiative forward during this interim year? Yes, there were other questions to follow, yet this lead enquiry told me a great deal about bruce’s desire to maintain the positive trajectory that the college has enjoyed.”

A highly respected musicologist, mcclung (who signs his name in lowercase) has been a CCM faculty member for nearly 25 years and currently serves as head of CCM’s Division of Composition, Musicology and Theory. An expert in American music, musical theatre, mass entertainment, manuscript studies and critical editing, mcclung received his bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory, two master’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music and his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester.

“It will be a privilege to lead CCM during this transitional period,” mcclung said. “CCM has been my academic home since 1992 and I am honored to carry on the ONECCM strategic initiative developed under Peter Landgren’s guidance. With an ever-rising international profile, more partnerships within Greater Cincinnati than ever before and a major renovation of our facilities on the horizon, it is an exciting time for CCM. I would like to thank Peter for entrusting this responsibility to me and I look forward to working with CCM’s world-class faculty and staff in the near future. We will continue to keep students as our top priority as CCM continues to educate and inspire the next generation of creative artists and scholars.”

A consummate pedagogue and mentor, mcclung has been awarded several campus-wide accolades from the University of Cincinnati, including the A. B. “Dolly” Cohen Award for Distinguished Excellence in Teaching in 2013 and the UC Graduate School Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring Award in 2009. He was also elected to the University’s Academy for Fellows of Teaching and Learning in 2009.

mcclung has been involved with several campus-wide initiatives at the University of Cincinnati including a faculty mentoring program and the steering committee that planned the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CET&L). For the Cincinnati Art Museum he curated three lecture-recitals for the opening of the Museum’s Cincinnati Wing. Since 2011, he has served as Chair of the Society for American Music’s Development Committee and its $1-million SAM/2.0 Endowment Campaign, which concluded in March 2016 with $1,077,003.

mcclung is the author of the book Lady in the Dark: Biography of a Musical (Oxford University Press, 2007), which received a 2008 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award, the 2007 Kurt Weill Prize and a 2006 Special Jury Prize from the Theatre Library Association's George Freedley Memorial Award. He is editor of the two-volume critical edition of Lady in the Dark (in press) for the Kurt Weill Edition and served as the musical and text consultant for the Royal National Theatre’s production of that musical play. He has held an American Musicological Society, Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Fellowship (1991–92) and an NEH Summer Stipend Award (2010). He is currently writing a monograph titled “The World of Tomorrow: Music and the New York World’s Fair 1939/40.” He taught previously in an adjunct capacity at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester.

About CCM
Nationally ranked and internationally renowned, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is a preeminent institution for the performing and media arts. Declared “one of the nation’s leading conservatories” by the New York Times, CCM provides life-changing experiences within a highly creative and multidisciplinary artistic environment.

CCM's educational roots date back to 1867, and a solid, visionary instruction has been at its core since that time. The synergy created by housing CCM within a comprehensive public university gives the college its unique character and defines its objective: to educate and inspire the whole artist and scholar for positions on the world's stage.

CCM's faculty and staff and its state-of-the-art facilities make possible the professional training and exceptional education on which CCM believes the future of the arts relies. The school's roster of eminent faculty regularly receives distinguished honors for creative and scholarly work, and its alumni have achieved notable success in the performing and media arts.

More than 150 internationally recognized faculty members work with students from around the world, specializing in the areas of Composition, Musicology and Theory; Electronic Media; Ensembles and Conducting; Keyboard Studies; Music Education; Performance Studies and Theatre Arts, Production and Arts Administration.

The largest single source of performing arts events in the state of Ohio, CCM presents nearly 1000 major public performances each year, ranging from faculty and guest artist concerts to fully supported opera, musical theatre, drama and dance productions.

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