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Jason Geary

For Immediate Release:

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The College of Arts and Humanities has appointed Jason Geary director of the University of Maryland School of Music (UMD), effective July 1, 2016.

“We’re thrilled to have Jason join us as the next director for the School of Music,” said Bonnie Thornton Dill, dean of UMD’s College of Arts and Humanities. “Jason has the knowledge and experience to take the school to the next level, making it a national leader among schools for music at public research institutions.”

Geary, who succeeds Robert “Bob” Gibson’s outstanding and over a decade-long tenure as director, will look to enhance the school by extending its reach across campus and throughout the region.

“The School of Music at the University of Maryland has an excellent reputation both nationally and internationally, and I am eager to help build upon the many successes of this already dynamic and distinguished institution,” said Geary. “I see the promise and the potential of building on the reputation of respected academic and performance programs, of collaborating with an active and engaged faculty, and of capitalizing on the beautiful resources offered by The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.”

Geary joins UMD after a 12-year career at the University of Michigan (U-M) School of Music, Theatre & Dance, where he served as associate professor and associate dean for graduate studies, equity and inclusion.  

A respected musicologist and conservatory-trained pianist, Geary has focused his research on the music of nineteenth-century Germany and its role in European cultural and intellectual history. In addition to several articles and book chapters, he is author of “The Politics of Appropriation: German Romantic Music and the Ancient Greek Legacy,” which explores the reception of ancient Greece as it relates to German music and culture of the 1800s. His latest book project investigates the theme of childhood in nineteenth-century music amid changing ideas about children that emerged during the late Enlightenment. His work has been recognized by, among other honors, a Fulbright grant and a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

As a young pianist, he won competitions that resulted in performances with the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, and at New York’s Alice Tully Hall.

Geary earned a bachelor of music in piano performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as well as a master of arts from the University of Michigan and a doctorate from Yale University, both in musicology.      

“As we welcome Jason,” Thornton Dill said, “we also express gratitude to Bob for more than a decade of dynamic leadership to the school, and we wish him well in his future teaching, performing and composing, following a well-deserved research leave.”


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