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Musicology Professor Tapped to Lead Arts for All Initiative

By Jessica Weiss ’05

Musicology Professor Patrick Warfield has been appointed associate dean for arts and programming in the College of Arts and Humanities, where he will direct the campuswide Arts For All initiative and support the college’s programming, Dean Bonnie Thornton Dill announced.

“It’s a hugely important and exciting time for the arts at the University of Maryland, and I am so thrilled to have Patrick at the helm,” she said. “He brings a strong record of research and teaching, a variety of administrative experiences and, most importantly, a deep belief in the power of the arts to address grand challenges.”

As director of Arts For All, one of President Darryll J. Pines’ five bold actions to “move Maryland forward,” Warfield will work to expand arts programming across campus and galvanize collaborations between the arts, technology and social justice. He will connect and facilitate activities of participating partners; support and ensure implementation of all aspects of the initiative; promote and amplify its visibility and impact on campus, locally and nationally; and refine and elaborate the vision for the initiative over time.

Working closely with the dean, faculty and administrators, Warfield also will oversee, coordinate, manage, advocate for and facilitate the creative, performing, visual and digital arts in the college, and promote and represent the accomplishments and needs of the arts within the Office of the Dean on the campus and beyond.

“I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and building the faculty, staff and student coalitions that will allow the arts, the humanities and the sciences to flourish on campus, connect with one another deeply, and create a meaningful and positive impact on our world,” he said.

Warfield has taught musicology, the historical and cultural study of music, at UMD’s School of Music since 2009. He has also served as the school’s director of graduate studies and associate director, as well as on a number of campus committees.

A scholar of American musical culture, primarily American music of the 19th and 20th centuries, Warfield is the author of two books on composer and conductor John Philip Sousa; he is currently working on a book on the United States Marine Band. His publications have appeared in The Journal of the American Musicological Society, American Music, The Journal of the Society for American Music and Nineteenth-Century Music Review.

Warfield, an affiliate faculty member in the Department of American Studies, earned a Ph.D. and M.A. from Indiana University, both in musicology, and a B.M.E. in music education from Lawrence University. He will begin his new position Oct. 4.

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