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From the Director: New Dean of Students & Faculty, Doug Bish

 Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Dear Conservatory Students, Families and Friends,  

I’m so very pleased to announce the appointment of Douglas Bish as our new Dean of Students & Faculty. Dr. Bish, who returns to the Conservatory after serving on our faculty from 2006-2011, has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as an academic leader, conductor, clarinetist, educator, author, lecturer, and music clinician. Most recently, he was Dean of the School of Fine, Applied and Communications Arts at the City College of San Francisco. Previously, he served as Chair of the Department of Music for the Nyack Public Schools. He has conducted professional, amateur, and student orchestras and wind ensembles around the world.

Dr. Bish holds a master’s degree in clarinet performance and music education from the University of Oregon, and a doctoral degree in music education and conducting from Boston University. As a Fulbright Scholar, he earned an Artist Diploma in clarinet performance from the Vienna Music Academy. He lives in Beacon, NY with his wife, Kathy Sireno, a public school music teacher and professional flutist.

Doug Bish will start in his new position on Saturday, April 30, and looks forward to meeting each of our students, families, faculty members and friends. We will be scheduling a number of “meet the Dean” opportunities, and also invite you to stop by the dean’s office when you are in the building.

All my best,
Jean Newton
Executive Director

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