LIU's new Dean spoke before a packed house of talented visual arts staff and faculty members for the first time this week. Dr. Noel Zahler, a highly respected composer, researcher and administrator, who has led departments, schools of music and interdisciplinary programs at universities across the nation, started his hew job as LIU Dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts at the C.W. Post Campus.
Dr. Zahler most recently served as head of the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University. The young and energetic looking gentleman is also a composer and a classical guitarist. His lovely his wife is an accomplished violinist. They will both surely make a delightful addition to our CW Post Campus.
Dean Zahler's compositions include a wide range of vocal and instrumental works, as well as electroacoustic, interactive and multi-media works. Several internationally acclaimed ensembles have performed Dr. Zahler's compositions, including the American Composers Orchestra, The Manhattan Sinfonietta, The Arden Trio, The Charleston String Quartet, the Meridian String Quartet, the League of Composers/ISCM, and the University of Iowa Center for New Music.
A frequent collaborator with artists, architects, mathematicians, engineers and computer scientists, Dr. Zahler is the co-author of three computer software programs including the Artificially Intelligent Computer Performer, Score Follow and Music Matrix, as well as numerous co-authored articles.
Dr. Zahler has a D.M.A. from Columbia University, an M.F.A. from Princeton University, a Certificato di Perfezionamento from L'Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and a B.A./M.A. from City University of New York's Queens College.