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New England Conservatory has selected Andrea Kalyn to serve as its next President, effective January 2019.

Kalyn has served as dean of Oberlin College since 2014, before which she served for nine years as Oberlin’s associate dean for academic affairs. During her time at the school, she oversaw the opening of a new underground performance club; broadened the school’s curricular offerings to include, among other areas, a new major in jazz voice; and directed Oberlin’s entrepreneurship program for seven years. In that capacity she collaborated on an initiative called LaunchU, described as a start-up accelerator and pitch competition.

Kalyn holds a PhD in musicology from the Eastman School of Music, where her research interests centered on 20th-century American music. She has a Master’s degree in musicology and a bachelor’s degree in music history from Western University. She is also trained as a pianist.

Sheryl Ash led this search with Katie Rockman and Chloe Kanas.


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