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Consrvatory Alumnus Dr. Jonathan Latta will now serve as Assistant Dean of the Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific

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Pacific Conservatory Welcomes New Assistant Dean

May 30, 2014

Dr. Jonathan Latta will join the Pacific Conservatory of Music as Assistant Dean on July 1st.  Latta is an alumnus of the Conservatory and also holds degrees from East Carolina University and the University of Arizona.  Dean Giulio Ongaro is looking forward to working with Latta, "Jonathan's impressive biography is matched by his love of the Conservatory, his energy and enthusiasm, and by his administrative experience."  

For the past six years, Latta has served as Director of Percussion Studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. He has directed the Percussion Ensemble and the Mallet Keyboard Ensemble as well as started the Skyhawk Strikeforce Drumline and the World Groove Ensemble. During this time these groups have given numerous performances throughout the Four Corners and will soon have a CD titled "Blazing Trails" coming out this fall. In addition to his percussion duties, Jonathan also served as director of the musical theater pit orchestra, the pep band, and the Jazz Ensemble. He has served as artistic director over the Music in the Mountains Goes to School Program, an educational outreach program for the Durango 9-R School District.

As a performer he has been seen as the Principal Timpani/Percussion with the San Juan Symphony and Percussion/Drumset with the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra. He is an active collaborator, having performed in multiple chamber recitals in the 3rd Avenue Arts Recital Series. Additionally, he has been invited to perform solos with ensembles in Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, Arizona, and North Carolina. From 2002-2006 Jonathan was a member of the USAF Band of the Golden West. He performed in over 350 concerts with the Concert Band, Commanders Jazz Ensemble, and Ceremonial Band.

In addition to his performing, Latta was an Operations Representative for all these ensembles and was responsible for all the booking and planning of many of these group's tours. Jonathan is currently chair of the University Pedagogy Committee for the Percussion Arts Society. Under his leadership this committee has provided research on grant writing and recruiting strategies, began a process to evaluate college percussion teaching, and presented three Mentoring Days for pre-tenure college percussion educators.

Latta was selected in a national search following the departure of David Chase who now serves as the vice dean of academic affairs at the prestigious American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles.




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