DePaul University School of Music – Christopher Magiera
The youngest notable faculty hiring on this list, Christopher Magiera is an operatic baritone whose debut was less than a decade ago with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, in which he performed in the eponymous role of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece Eugene Onegin.
Since then, he has performed 100s of times throughout the world’s great opera houses.
DePaul’s School of Music has always been a forerunner in the landscape of Midwest schools. Historically, DePaul has perhaps been overshadowed, in my opinion, somewhat by greater Chicago’s Northwestern University, widely seen as a top music school in the country.
However, with Magiera’s hiring, as well as in other notable initiatives and hiring the school has undertaken in the last several years, we are looking at a school in transformation, gradually becoming one of the most desirable locations in the country for study.
With over two dozen Chicago Symphony members on the school’s faculty, these people, as well as the newly hired Magiera, represent a musical expertise not often seen in the faculties of music schools.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor – Maximillian Dimoff
Max Dimoff has widely been considered one of the top orchestral bass players in the country, having been the principal of the Cleveland Orchestra since he was just 29 years of age in 1997.
Since his appointment with the Cleveland Orchestra, he has taught masterclasses at Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, and Northwestern, among dozens of other programs.
His appointment shows the university’s commitment to strengthening its classical strings program, a part of their school of music whose people & faculty hires in the last 10 years have been nothing short of impressive.
These 10 individuals represent just a fraction of the unbelievable people that come into music schools every year.
Who else this year do you know of who has been hired worthy of note? Let us know who you feel is worthy of mention in a list like this one in the comments below.