School of music hires new director

Rachel Greene , Editor-in-chief

MACOMB, IL — Western Illinois University Professor Jeffrey Brown has been named director of the University’s School of Music, effective July 1, according to College of Fine Arts and Communication Interim Dean, William Hoon. Brown has served as interim director of the school since 2019.

“Since serving as interim director, Dr. Brown has provided the School of Music with excellent leadership in a positive and professional manner,” said Hoon. “Dr. Brown is a wonderful combination of talented musician, experienced professor and creative administrator. I look forward to his continued service in this important role for the School of Music and the college.”

Brown joined Western Illinois University’s SOM faculty in 2009 as an assistant professor of piano. Brown has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia as a solo recitalist, chamber musician and soloist with orchestras. Performance highlights include appearances at the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., recital tours in the Yunnan and Sichuan provinces of China and summer festivals in France, Germany, Italy, Austria and China.

Brown studied with Natalya Antonova and served as her teaching assistant, and he studied accompanying with Jean Barr. His early training was with Jane Allen at the University of Missouri. He has been a prizewinner in the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition, the Iowa International Piano Competition, the Eastman Concerto Competition and the Kneisel German Lieder Competition, and he was a recipient of the Artist Presentation Society Award of St. Louis.

He is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association and other organizations committed to community engagement and education, and he has presented masterclasses and lectures at universities and conservatories throughout the United States. He currently serves as the national coordinator for the MTNA Chamber Music Competitions.

Brown is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he earned the Performer’s Certificate, the Master of Music and the Doctor of Musical Arts degrees.

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Courtesy of University Relations