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Welcome Dr. Abra Bush as Director of the Music Division

The Boston Conservatory Names Abra Bush, D.M.A., Director of the School’s Music Division 

First-Ever Vocalist to Chair Division

The Boston Conservatory, the nation’s oldest performing arts conservatory, has named Abra Bush, D.M.A., as director of the Music Division, beginning with the 2013-2014 school year.  Dr. Bush joins the Conservatory from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, where she served as assistant dean of academic affairs and director of assessment. 

The first vocalist ever to lead the music division at The Boston Conservatory, Dr. Bush earned the degrees Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and Master of Music in Opera Theater from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. She completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Voice from The Ohio State University School of Music while studying with J. Robin Rice.

At the Eastman School, Dr. Bush acted as undergraduate academic dean; managing all aspects of student advising, change of status, satisfactory academic progress, the Dual Degree Program and other joint University of Rochester and College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering joint initiatives.  In 2010, she developed the Eastman Study Skills program to better support at-risk students, resulting in retention rates and the six-year graduation rate for the undergraduates increasing by 14%.

A soprano, she made her professional opera debut as Drusilla in L’incoronazione di Poppea at Opera Columbus with Boston Baroque. Her operatic roles encompass works from all periods of opera, including Paix in Les Arts Flourissants, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Michaëla in Carmen, Nannetta in Falstaff, Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, and Laurie in The Tender Land. Her singing awards include first prize in the state and regional National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards (NATSAA) and semi-finalist in the national NATSAA Competition in 2004. She was the winner of the VARN Art Song Competition and the Columbus Symphony Young Musicians Competition. 

About The Boston Conservatory

Founded in 1867, The Boston Conservatory is the oldest performing arts college in the nation.  Today, The Boston Conservatory is an independent private college with fully accredited graduate and undergraduate programs in music, dance and theater, training exceptional young performing artists for careers that enrich and transform the human experience. Known for its multi-disciplinary environment, The Boston Conservatory is internationally recognized as an innovative leader among conservatory programs, focused on elevating and celebrating every aspect of the performing arts. The institution has established itself as an important voice in the movement to make all forms of performing arts a more visible and valued dimension of communities here and abroad and presents more than 200 performances each year.   

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