[CUA Office of Public Affairs]

May 17, 2001


New Dean Appointed to the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at CUA


The Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., President of The Catholic University of America, has announced the appointment of Professor Marilyn Neeley as dean of the university's Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, effective Aug. 1, 2001.

Professor of music, director of graduate programs in chamber music and vocal accompanying, and chair of the Piano Division of CUA's school of music, Ms. Neeley has been recognized by the Baltimore Sun as "being at home in the company of the great pianists of our day." She has been a prizewinner in the Van Cliburn, Leventritt and Geneva International competitions and has won the Michaels Award in Chicago and the Kimber Award in San Francisco.

A native of southern California, Professor Neeley studied with Ethel Leginska in Los Angeles and Muriel Kerr at the University of Southern California, where she received her bachelor's and master's degrees. A soloist with more than 100 national and international symphony orchestras, Professor Neeley was named "Woman of the Year in Music" by the Los Angeles Times for her last-minute substitution for the ailing Glenn Gould to perform with Zubin Mehta and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She and her husband, violinist Robert Gerle, received an Emmy award for their videotape of the complete Beethoven Sonatas for Violin and Piano, works that were subsequently recorded for ABC / Westminster. Her son, Andrew Gerle, is also an accomplished pianist with whom she performs.

"There are few music schools in the world that can boast of the presence of such a marvelous performer on their teaching faculties," remarked Father O'Connell as he announced this appointment. "Even fewer still can make the claim of having someone of Professor Neeley's national and international renown and caliber at the helm of the school as dean. We are so blessed and so fortunate to have Professor Marilyn Neeley at CUA. Her leadership guarantees that the school will continue to offer the highest quality of music education for our students and faculty."

Prior to her initial faculty appointment at CUA in 1986, Professor Neeley served on the music faculties of Florida State (1984-86), University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and University of Maryland, College Park (1973-84) and Ohio State University (1968-72). She was an artist and faculty member at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina from 1981 to 2000.

Fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at CUA was first established in 1965 following almost 40 years of music education at the university. It offers degree programs in virtually every musical venue on the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels.

For more information, contact Victor Nakas in the Office of Public Affairs, 202- 319-5600.





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