Three African Americans Appointed to New Faculty Positions

hallLa Tanya Hall is the first teacher in jazz vocal studies in the 43-year history of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio. Her debut recording, “It’s About Time,” was released in 2008. Previously, she has taught at the New School in New York City and Five Towns College on Long Island.

Hall began singing professionally when she was 13 years old. She toured with Harry Belafonte and Diana Ross.

michele-fosterMichele Foster was appointed to the Henry Heuser Jr. Endowed Chair for Urban Education Partnerships at the University of Louisville. She had held the Sherman Family Endowed Chair in Urban Education Research and was the executive director of the Urban Education Research Center at University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Dr. Foster holds master’s and doctoral degrees from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

j_gearyJason Geary is the new director of the School of Music in the College of the Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland. He was an associate professor and an associate dean of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Geary is the author of The Politics of Appropriation: German Romantic Music and the Ancient Greek Legacy (Oxford University press, 2014). he holds a Ph.D. in musicology from Yale University.

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