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Dr. Patricia Hoy Appointed Dean of The Boston Conservatory

BOSTON, MA—Boston Conservatory President Richard Ortner announces the appointment of Dr. Patricia Hoy to the post of Dean of The Boston Conservatory. Hoy, who most recently served as the director of the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis, now assumes overall responsibility for the development and administration of academic programs and faculty at the 142-year-old internationally renowned Boston Conservatory. She joined the Conservatory on July 1, 2009.

According to Ortner, "Pat's breadth of music education experience, as well as her strong background in performance, makes her a great addition to our institution at an exciting time in the Conservatory’s history. She brings a love of the arts, creative vision and a well-established reputation. I look forward to working with Pat and all of The Boston Conservatory staff, faculty and students as we take one of the finest performing arts colleges in the world to even greater heights."

During her tenure at the University of Memphis, Hoy guided initiatives that aligned the music school with the strategic goals of the university. She communicated the mission and vision of the School of Music broadly, capturing the imagination of a strategic and broad range of leaders in business, education, technology and the performing arts. Prior to her work in Memphis, Hoy served as director of bands and professor of music at Northern Arizona University, and served as interim director of the school of performing arts. Her wide ranging career has included activity in all aspects of the performing arts—music, theater, and dance. She received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in woodwind performance from the University of Redlands and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in conducting from the University of Arizona. As a guest conductor, Hoy has appeared with bands and orchestras in more than 20 states. Her wind and chamber recordings of music by African-American composers have been featured on broadcasts throughout the world. Her current research involves a multifaceted study of the artistic process and its potential to awaken courageous expression in an expansive way, giving language to human perspectives within a rich and meaningful context.

According to Hoy, “I was attracted to The Boston Conservatory’s inclusiveness and its focus on educating the whole artist. My goal is to build on the Conservatory’s strong foundation and current momentum to help the school fulfill its dreams.”

About The Boston Conservatory The Boston Conservatory trains exceptional young performing artists for careers that enrich and transform the human experience. Known for its intimate and supportive multi-disciplinary environment, The Boston Conservatory offers fully accredited graduate and undergraduate programs in music, dance and theater, and presents more than 200 performances each year by students, faculty and guest artists. Since its founding in 1867, The Boston Conservatory has shared its talent and creativity with the city of Boston, the region and the nation, and continues to grow today as a vibrant community of artists and educators. 

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