Indiana College’s Jacobs College of Music Appoints New Dean


On the Jacobs College of Music, Abra Okay. Bush will turn out to be the college’s first-ever feminine dean, and one of many few ladies to steer a distinguished faculty of music in america.

Bush at the moment serves as senior affiliate dean of institute research at The Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute, overseeing curriculum and personnel for educational affairs, school, and performances. She has additionally led the recruitment and hiring of greater than 100 inventive and tutorial school — from 2017 to 2021, she elevated underrepresented school by greater than 65 p.c.

Earlier than becoming a member of Peabody, Bush was the primary lady director of the Music Division on the Boston Conservatory and assistant dean of educational affairs on the Eastman College of Music. She additionally held roles on the College of Rochester, Concordia School, and Kenyon School.

“Abra’s tutorial expertise, confirmed report of curricular growth, and dedication to pupil success, school excellence, and variety and inclusion place her nicely to additional the worldwide repute of the college on the daybreak of its second century,” stated Indiana College Bloomington Provost and Government Vice President Rahul Shrivastav.

“I’m thrilled and humbled to function dean of the celebrated Jacobs College of Music,” stated Bush. “I sit up for working with the immensely gifted school, workers and college students who make this such a particular place. We are going to work collectively to determine new priorities, alternatives and ambitions; creatively suppose by means of the subsequent era of programming; and implement collaborative, modern methods to additional strengthen our repute and success.”

A graduate of the Oberlin School and Conservatory, the place she earned each her B.M. and M.M., Bush then went on to The Ohio State College for her D.M.A. She has been invited to provide displays at a number of nationwide conferences such because the Nationwide Affiliation of Colleges of Music, the Nationwide Affiliation of Academics of Singing, and the School Music Society and Evaluation within the Arts. Bush made her skilled opera debut as a soprano, casting as Drusilla in “L’incoronazione di Poppea” at Opera Columbus with Boston Baroque.


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