Michael Dean Earns Doctorate in Music

Dr. Michael Dean, OBU assistant professor of music, recently completed a doctor of musical arts degree in piano performance and piano pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma.

The degree is a combination of two degrees, the doctor of musical arts degree in performance and the Ph.D. in pedagogy. In addition to course work, Dean was required to perform recitals, present teaching workshops and write a final document.

"I am pleased that we now have Dr. Michael Dean on our faculty," said Dr. Paul Hammond, dean of the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts. "This significant milestone in his life recognizes his ability both as a performer and as a teacher. I know he will guide our piano program to a bright future."

Dean earned two bachelor degrees, in piano performance and mathematics, at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, and he earned his master of music degree at the University of Oklahoma. He joined the OBU faculty in 2006.

He maintains an active schedule as a workshop clinician, adjudicator, solo performer, collaborative artist and faculty at summer music camps throughout the United States and Canada, and he is a member of the Manno/Dean Piano Duo. He previously taught at the Wheaton College Conservatory. His principal teachers include Alan Chow, Edward Gates, Jane Magrath, Terri Manno and Gary Sipes.

He recently was named co-president of the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association East District. He is serving alongside Danny Calhoun, a 1994 OBU graduate.

Dean's upcoming events include performances with Dr. Jennifer McQuade and Dr. Kristen Todd in October; with Nancy Stizza-Ortega, flute, in October; with Alice Sanders, piano, at the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith, in February; and with Dr. Kevin Pruiett, trumpet, in March (The Digby Bell Memorial Recital).