Appointment of Professor Russell Hartenberger, Interim Dean, Faculty of Music

PDAD&C #20, 2007-08


To:     Staff and Students, Faculty of Music

           Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs

From: Vivek Goel, Vice-President and Provost

Date:  October 10, 2007

Re:     Appointment of Professor Russell Hartenberger, Interim Dean, Faculty of Music

As announced on September 18, Dean Gage Averill has been appointed Vice-Principal and Dean, University of Toronto at Mississauga effective October 15, 2007.

I am pleased to announce that the Academic Board has approved the appointment of Professor Russell Hartenberger as Interim Dean, effective October 15, 2007 until June 30, 2008 or until the appointment of a new Dean, whichever comes first.

Professor Russell Hartenberger is a professor of percussion. He received his PhD in World Music from Wesleyan University and has been a member of the Faculty of Music since 1974. His current research focuses on the aspects of time and rhythm in music and interviews with composers and performers discussing their thoughts on the subject.

He is a world-class performer. He has been a member of Nexus and of the Steve Reich ensemble since 1971. Professor Hartenberger has appeared on over 70 recordings for various labels. His awards include the Toronto Arts Award in 1989, Banff Centre for the Arts National Award in 1997 and, along with the other members of Nexus, was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 1999. In 2005, he received two Juno Nominations in the category of Best Classical Music Recording: Solo or Chamber Ensemble.

Professor Hartenberger has served in several administrative roles within the Faculty, most recently as Associate Dean, Graduate Education (2006 to present) and as Associate Dean, Academic (2002-2003). He has been engaged with the renewal of the graduate program and will continue to provide oversight of the programs.

I thank Professor Hartenberger for his willingness to step forward for this important task.