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Composer Ronald Caltabiano joined the School of Music as dean in July 2016. Previously, he served as dean and professor for the Jordan College of Arts at Butler University in Indianapolis, where he oversaw the areas of art, arts administration, dance, music, theatre and a community outreach program that reached 1,800 low-income youth annually.
During his tenure at Butler, Caltabiano managed the completion of and final fundraising for the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, a 450-seat multi-arts venue and founded the Butler ArtsFest, an annual 11-day festival that brought national and international artists to campus to work with students and faculty.
Caltabiano is especially interested in both inter-arts collaborations – bringing artists, both students and professionals, from varied disciplines together to inspire new creations – and University-community collaborations which create win-win situations that provide support for community arts organizations while enhancing opportunities for students and faculty.
Caltabiano received his Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Elliott Carter and Vincent Persichetti. He first came to international attention in the early 1980s with his String Quartet No. 1, premiered in the U.K by the Arditti Quartet and in the U.S. by the Juilliard Quartet. A series of virtuoso solo pieces (double bass, cello, English horn, trombone, and violin) solidified his position among the leading American composers of his generation. Ensembles that have commissioned or performed his works include the San Francisco, Cincinnati and Dallas Symphony Orchestras, the BBC Symphony, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Juilliard, Emerson and Arditti String Quartets, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Fires of London. Numerous labels have recorded his compositions; his works are published by Theodore Presser Co.
In addition to his career as a composer, Caltabiano has held academic and administrative positions at the Manhattan School of Music, Hong Kong Baptist University, the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University, and the College of Creative Arts at San Francisco State University.
He currently lives in Lincoln Park with his husband and partner of 30 years, John Mugge.