Oberlin College has appointed Andrea Kalyn as the Dean of the Conservatory of Music. Kalyn, who has served as an Associate Dean at the Conservatory since 2005, is the 13th chief administrator in the Conservatory's 149-year history.
Kalyn has been highly effective as the Conservatory's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Among other achievements, she led a team of faculty and administrators in the creation of the Creativity & Leadership Project, a cross-campus initiative dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship among students at Oberlin College and Conservatory. Kalyn was instrumental in securing more than $2 million in startup funding for the project and in creating a companion business-accelerator program called LaunchU, which debuted in 2013.
As Acting Dean of the Conservatory in 2009, Kalyn launched innovative new degree programs in advanced piano technology and contemporary chamber music, finalized the acquisition of a major collection of instruments and artifacts from late jazz musician Milt Hinton, and directed ongoing renovations to the Conservatory's main classroom building, Bibbins Hall.
Prior to joining the administration at Oberlin, Kalyn was Assistant Dean of Undergraduate and High School Programs at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She has held teaching appointments at Oberlin, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Salem College, Wake Forest University, the University of Western Ontario, and the University of Rochester.
As an undergraduate, Kalyn earned an honors diploma in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, in addition to bachelor of music and master of musicology degrees from the University of Western Ontario. She earned a PhD in musicology from the Eastman School of Music. Sheryl Ash led this search with Gail Gregory.