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Conservatory Faculty Awarded Named Professorships

Oct. 25, 2011

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Top from L: Alegant & Chow; bottom from L: Plank, Slowik, & Hawkins

Dean of the Conservatory David H. Stull is pleased to announce the named professorships of five esteemed members of the faculty. Brian Alegant, Alvin Chow, Richard Hawkins, Steven Plank, and Peter Slowik and have been selected by a panel of their peers for exemplifying standards of excellence in the areas of research, performance, and pedagogy. The three- to five-year professorships recognize and honor outstanding faculty in a highly visible way and offer financial support to further their academic and artistic endeavors.

“It is a privilege to acknowledge the extraordinary work of these individuals with these named professorships,” says Stull. “I congratulate them on their success and look forward to their outstanding contributions in the future.”

Professor of Music Theory Brian Alegant is named to the Barker Professorship in recognition of his leadership in the areas of scholarship and pedagogy. The five-year professorship was established to provide partial support for the continued professional development in the middle years of a faculty member’s career. This honor also acknowledges Alegant’s contributions to Oberlin and significance as a mentor to both faculty and students.

Associate Professor of Piano Alvin Chow is awarded the Ruth Strickland Gardner Professorship. The three-year professorship was established in 1993 and is awarded to Chow for demonstrating exemplary levels of excellence both on the stage and in the studio. He has appeared in top performance venues throughout North America and Asia, heard in radio broadcasts across the continent, and has presented master classes and lectures throughout the United States and abroad.

Associate Professor of Clarinet Richard Hawkins is awarded the Fenelon B. Rice Memorial Professorship. Hawkins has earned a reputation as one of the leading clarinet teachers in the country, and his students hold chairs in such orchestras as the Metropolitan Opera, Boston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Pacific Symphony, and the Los Angeles Opera. Prior to his 2001 Oberlin appointment, he served for more than a decade on the performance faculty at the Interlochen Arts Academy.

Professor of Musicology Steven Plank is named to the Andrew B. Meldrum Professorship in recognition of his distinguished work in the area of sacred music. A specialist in seventeenth-century music, Plank teaches courses in the medieval, renaissance, and baroque periods, and conducts Oberlin’s Collegium Musicum. The three-year professorship was established in 1975 to partially support the teaching and promotion of interest in sacred music.

Professor of Viola Peter Slowik is named to the Robert W. Wheeler Professorship, which recognizes excellence at the peak of a faculty member’s career. Slowik, director of the division of strings and artistic director of the Credo Chamber Music Program, is one of the world’s leading artist-teachers of viola and remains highly active in performing and presenting master classes around the world. He has appeared with the world’s leading chamber musicians and has been a featured performer at five International Viola Congresses.

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