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Conservatory of Music Dean Giulio Ongaro will leave Pacific August 1 to become the new dean of the College of Performing Arts at Chapman University in Orange, California.

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Giulio Ongaro to become dean of the College of Performing Arts at Chapman University

Mar 27, 2015

Giulio Ongaro, dean of the Conservatory of Music, announced today that he will be leaving Pacific to become the new dean of the College of Performing Arts at Chapman University. He will remain at Pacific until August 1 after six years at Pacific.

"Giulio has been an outstanding advocate for faculty, a valuable thought leader for the University and a tireless champion for the Conservatory and Pacific," said Provost Maria Pallavicini. "He built a close-knit culture in the faculty, staff and students in the Conservatory of Music. We will miss his academic leadership, good humor and enthusiasm."

Daniel Ebbers
Daniel Ebbers will serve as interim dean of the Conservatory of Music beginning August 1.

Pallavicini said she will begin a search this summer for a dean for the Conservatory. Daniel Ebbers, who was recently promoted to professor of voice, has agreed to serve as the interim dean beginning August 1. 

"I leave Pacific with very mixed feelings, sad to be leaving so many wonderful colleagues in the Conservatory and across the University, but also proud of everything we have accomplished together," said Ongaro. "I want to thank President Eibeck, Provost Pallavicini, President Emeritus DeRosa and former Provost Gilbertson for their strong support of me and the Conservatory. And I especially thank my faculty, fellow deans and administrators whose love for Pacific, our students and our colleagues is evident in everything they do."

The Conservatory of Music celebrated its 135th anniversary in 2013 and is the first conservatory of music west of the Mississippi. Its notable alumni include Dave Brubeck '42, Iola Brubeck '45 and Chris Isaak '80 among many other performers, composers and music industry executives. Here are some highlights of student and faculty accomplishments in the past year: Current students and recent alumni presented a recital of vocal music at the National Opera Center in New York City

  • Pacific jazz combos performed at the Seattle Jazz Experience festival, with one combo winning "best in festival"
  • A new and innovative degree, the Bachelor of Science in Music Industry Studies will open its doors to students in Fall 2015.

Ongaro will take the helm of a relatively new College of Performing Arts, founded in 2007 and incorporating the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music, the Department of Dance and the Department of Theatre. The school enrolls more than 470 students and presents more than 110 performances each year. The school will also soon open the 1,100-seat Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts. 

As dean of Pacific's Conservatory of Music, Ongaro oversees about 230 students in 12 degree programs, including 2 master's programs. The Conservatory holds more than 120 live concerts each year, from student presentations to professional guest artist concerts.

Ongaro, a native of Venice, began his studies as a business major at the Università degli Studi di Venezia. He later transferred to the University of Iowa, where he received a B.M. degree in flute performance.  He completed a master's degree and a Ph.D. in musicology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a dissertation on music at St. Mark's, Venice, in the 16th century.

His research is particularly centered on questions such as the mutual influence of society and the arts, the social and political context for the production and performance of music, the business of music, music printing, musical instruments in the 16th century, and the relationship of words and music. His research has been published in scholarly journals in the US and in Europe, and he is the author or co-author of nine articles in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, the standard reference work in music.

Ongaro has taught music history and musicology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Delaware, and the University of Southern California. While at USC, he served as chair of the Department of Musicology from 1991 to 2009 and later as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at the Thornton School of Music. Ongaro joined Pacific as dean of the Conservatory of Music in 2009.

An active community member, Ongaro serves on the boards of the Stockton Symphony, the Friends of Chamber Music, and the Pacific Italian Alliance.  He and his wife Cheryl, a violinist, have three adult children who live in Southern California.



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