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                                                                                                    May 10, 2002



CUA Names New Dean for Benjamin T. Rome School of Music


The Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, has announced the appointment of Murry Sidlin as dean of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, effective Aug. 1, 2002.


Resident conductor of the Oregon Symphony since 1994, Professor Sidlin holds the James DePreist Chair in Music at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore. He also is the founder and director of the Oregon Symphony Conducting Apprenticeship Program at Pacific.


Murry Sidlin

Professor Sidlin, who has conducted regularly throughout the country and abroad, is the artistic director of “Nerve Endings,” a series of innovative concerts with the Oregon Symphony designed to attract new audiences and expand the traditional role of the symphony orchestra. Seventeen concerts have been presented, each written and designed by Professor Sidlin.


Last April, the conductor presented his stirring “Defiant Requiem,” a performance by the Oregon Symphony and the Portland Opera that tells the story of a choir of Jewish prisoners who performed Giuseppe Verdi’s “Requiem” at a Nazi concentration camp in Terezin, Czechoslovokia, during World War II.


In announcing the appointment of Professor Sidlin as dean of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Father O’Connell called it  a home run for the faculty, staff and students of the school.” He added: “Professor Sidlin’s background and professional experience will serve the university well in one of its most widely recognized and accomplished schools.  I am delighted that he will be joining us at CUA.”


“Professor Sidlin is a prominent conductor with a national reputation and substantial experience,” said Catholic University Provost John Convey. “I am so pleased that he will be able to share his many artistic and organizational gifts with the academic community at The Catholic University of America as the dean of the music school.”


Professor Sidlin conducted the Classical Hits series at the San Diego Symphony Orchestra for eight years and served for several seasons as principal conductor of the symphony’s summer season. He has been the artistic director of the Cascade Festival of Music in Bend, Ore., for six seasons.


The conductor has been associated for 24 years with the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado where he has served as resident artist/teacher, associate director of conducting studies and chair of the faculty. He is also associate director, program coordinator and one of two resident teachers at the festival’s American Academy of Conducting.


Prior to joining Pacific University, Professor Sidlin was a tenured full professor at the University of Minnesota.


A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he received B.M. and M.M. degrees, Professor Sidlin began his career as assistant conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 1971 and was appointed resident conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra for four seasons in the mid-1970s.







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