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Robert Blocker, now serving his fourth term as the Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music at Yale University, is acknowledged as one of the nation’s leading arts administrators. Yale University President Richard Levin noted in his announcement of Blocker's latest reappointment that, "he is praised as a superb and visionary leader with a tremendous commitment," and the school has emerged from recent financial challenges, "more invigorated than ever." In 2005-2006 Blocker served as Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at Southern Methodist Univerity in Dallas. At the invitation of President Levin, he returned to Yale in 2006 to continue his work in shaping the Music School for the 21st Century. He holds appointments as Professor of Piano in the School of Music and Professor (Adjunct) with Yale University’s School of Management. Before assuming his current position in July of 1995, he was the founding Dean of the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture where he held a joint appointment in the Anderson School of Management teaching Arts Administration. He also served as Dean of the College of Music at the University of North Texas and the School of Music at Baylor University.

Following baccalaureate studies at Furman University (BA, 1968), Blocker earned graduate degrees (MM, 1970; DMA, 1972) at the University of North Texas under the tutelage of Richard Cars.. Dr. Blocker was a fellow at the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard in 1986. He is the recipient of three honorary degrees.

At both public and private institutions where Dean Blocker has served, his leadership initiatives have elevated each program to higher plateaus of excellence. He engages the institutional constituencies as colleague and partner, looking to capture the distinction that is unique to a particular setting. Under his leadership, the Yale School of Music endowment has grown from $29 million to $365 million, including a transformative gift of $100 million. During Mr. Blocker’s tenure as dean, there have been unprecedented renovations on the School of Music’s campus, including Sprague Memorial Hall and Leigh Hall. With the completion of the Hendrie Hall renovation all Yale School of Music facilities will be state of the art facilities.

Other endeavors include endowing the Institute for Church Music at Baylor, the first curriculum review and administrative reorganization that resulted in a College of Music at North Texas, and the establishment and approval of the Department of World Arts and Cultures and the Center for Digital Arts at UCLA. Blocker established the Center for Digital Media at UCLA and later joined his colleagues at Yale to begin the Digital Media Center for the Arts.

On the international horizon, Blocker has been highly selective regarding institutional affiliations. Those include the establishment of a Cultural Olympiad in collaboration with the Central Conservatory of Beijing where he has been named Honorary Professor. Recently, an agreement was signed with the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing far exceeding the usual exchange program. It provides for students and faculty of each institution to live, work, and perform together for an extended period of time. Other international programs are located in Paris, Vienna, London, Mannheim, Milan, Seoul, and Shanghai. Additionally, summer programs are being designed with these affiliates.

Of significance is Robert Blocker’s commitment to people of color and gender equality. He founded the Hispanica Friends Pro Musica while at North Texas and co-chaired the Martin Luther King celebration in New Haven. During his tenure at UCLA and Yale, women received major administrative appointments and salary equity was achieved in senior ranks. Finally, minority student recruitment made notable gains at UNT, UCLA, and Yale.

Deeply committed to community, Dean Blocker began the ArtsCorp program at UCLA — a venture where students, faculty, and alumni volunteer to provide arts instruction at public schools where these programs had been eliminated. Shortly after his arrival at Yale, the New Haven Arts and Business Alliance was organized to reclaim and renew the commercial and artistic life of the city — an enterprise now successfully in place. Blocker has also forged a coalition with the School of Music, the Yale College Class of 1957, and the New Haven Public Schools to provide instruction, capital equipment, teachers, internships and enrichment activities for underserved urban schools. The Class of ’57 adopted this as their 50th Anniversary project, and its endowment was celebrated at the “Music as a Birthright” conference in May 2007. He has been on the New Haven Symphony Board since 1995.

Dean Blocker has assumed a wide range of University committee assignments at Yale. Among these are the University Church Council, Yale Alumni Magazine Board of Directors, the Faculty Council on Athletics, the Fulbright Scholar Selection Committee, the Tercentennial Steering Committee (Chair of Major Events), the Committee on Information Technology, the University Budget Committee, and the Committee for the City of New Haven Initiatives.

Robert Blocker began his study of piano at the age of five, presenting his first public recital two years later. Today, he performs throughout the world. His engagements have included concerts in the United States, Europe, Mexico, China, and Korea, Thailand, and several Pacific Rim countries. Recent orchestral engagements include the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony, Houston Symphony, Monterey Philharmonic, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Korean Symphony, and Daejeon (South Korea) Symphony. His 2007 performance at the International Great Mountains Festival with the Sejong Artists was broadcast throughout Korea twice on KBS. These appearances have won him critical acclaim as noted in the Los Angeles Times review: “…great skill and accomplishment, a measurable virtuoso bent and considerable musical sensitivity… mesmerizing moments.” His recording of three Mozart concerti (scored for quartet and piano by Mozart) with the Biava Quartet was released by Naxos in 2009.

His many contributions to the music community include service on the advisory boards for the Avery Fisher Artist Program and the Stoeger Prize at Lincoln Center, the Gilmore Artist Board, Chamber Music II, and the Curatorium of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest. He served as the first chair of the Board of Visitors for the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. Dean Blocker is a Director of the Cliburn Foundation and is a member of its Executive Committee. In 2000, Steinway and Sons featured Blocker with Van Cliburn and Billy Joel in a film commemorating the tercentennial year of the piano. Dr. Blocker appears regularly on national radio and television as an artist and commentator and is also active as a consultant to major educational institutions and government agencies.

Yale University Press published The Robert Shaw Reader, a collection of Shaw’s writings edited by Blocker, in November 2004. It received immediate acclaim and is in its third printing. In 2003, Dr. Blocker was inducted into the Grolier Club of New York City, a society of bibliophiles. He is co-authoring The Arts and Worship with Harold Warlick.

Dean Blocker has received numerous awards and honors for his work as an artist and educator, including the Seton Elm and Ivy Award (Yale), Outstanding Professor Awards for Teaching at Brevard College (NC) and Baylor University, the Distinguished Alumni Award at Furman University, the President’s Citation for Extraordinary Service at UNT, the South Carolina’s Order of Palmetto (the highest distinction awarded for service), and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Bervard Music Center (2011).

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Robert Blocker
The Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music

Robert Blocker, now serving his fourth term as the Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music at Yale University, is acknowledged as one of the nation’s leading arts administrators. He holds appointments of Professor of Piano and a joint appointment as an Adjunct Professor with Yale University’s School of Management.

Following baccalaureate studies at Furman University (BA, 1968), Mr. Blocker earned graduate degrees (MM, 1970; DMA, 1972) at the University of North Texas.  He was a fellow at the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard in 1986 and is the recipient of three honorary degrees. In 2006, Mr. Blocker was named honorary Professor of Piano at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.  His many contributions to the music community include service on the advisory boards for the Avery Fisher Artist program and the Stoeger Prize at Lincoln Center,the Van Cliburn Foundation, the Gilmore Artist Advisory Board, and the Curatorium of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music.  He was featured in the Steinway & Sons 2000 film commemorating the tercentennial year of the piano.  He appears regularly on national radio and television as an artist and commentator and is active as a consultant to major educational institutions and government agencies. 

Under his leadership, the Yale School of Music endowment has grown from $29 million to $365 million, including a transformative gift of $100 million. During Mr. Blocker’s tenure as dean, there have been unprecedented renovations on the School of Music’s campus, including the enhancement of the Center for Study of Music Technology that permits students, faculty, and administration to communicate, via real-time broadcasting with institutions around the world.  Other notable renovations include Sprague Memorial Hall and Leigh Hall. With the completion of the Hendrie Hall renovation all Yale School of Music facilities will be state of the art facilities.

Robert Blocker is highly regarded internationally for his artistry as a concert pianist.  Recent orchestral engagements include the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony, Monterey Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, and the Prague and Moscow Chamber Orchestras. In 2009, Naxos released a CD of three Mozart concerti performed by Mr. Blocker with the Biava Quartet.

 

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Piano Medium

Robert Blocker began his study of piano at the age of five, presenting his first public recital two years later. Today, he concertizes throughout the world. His engagements have included performances in the United States, Europe, Mexico, China, and Korea, Thailand, and several Pacific Rim countries. Among recent orchestral engagements are the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony, Houston Symphony, Monterey Philharmonic, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Korean Symphony, and Daejeon (South Korea) Symphony. His 2007 performance at the International Great Mountains Festival with the Sejong Artists was broadcast throughout Korea twice on KBS. These appearances have won him critical acclaim as noted in the Los Angeles Times review: “…great skill and accomplishment, a measurable virtuoso bent and considerable musical sensitivity… mesmerizing moments.”

Robert Blocker, has been the Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music at Yale University since 1995. During his tenure, the School of Music has assumed its role as one of the world’s most prestigious professional programs through its renovation of music facilities and building the endowment to provide full scholarship for all students in the school as well as revitalizing programs through international exchange, visiting artists and scholars.

In 2006 Blocker was named honorary Professor of Piano at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He was also been invited as a keynote speaker on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Shanghai Conservatory in 2007. His many contributions to the music community include service on the advisory boards for the Avery Fisher Artist Program and the Stoeger Prize at Lincoln Center,the Van Cliburn Foundation, the Gilmore Artist Advisory Board, Chamber Music II, and the Curatorium of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest. In 2000, Steinway and Sons featured Robert Blocker in its film commemorating the tercentennial year of the piano along with Billy Joel, Van Cliburn and others. He appears regularly on national radio and television as both artist and commentator. He is also active as a consultant to major educational institutions and government agencies.

In 2009 Naxos released a CD of three Mozart concerti performed by Blocker with the Biava Quartet. In 2004 the Yale University Press published The Robert Shaw Reader, edited by Robert Blocker, now in its third printing.

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Piano Short

Robert Blocker began his study of piano at the age of five, presenting his first public recital two years later. Today, he concertizes throughout the world. His engagements have included performances in the United States, Europe, Mexico, China, and Korea, Thailand, and several Pacific Rim countries. Recent orchestral engagements include the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony, Houston Symphony, Monterey Philharmonic, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Korean Symphony and Daejeon (South Korea) Symphony. His 2007 performance at the International Great Mountains Festival with the Sejong Artists was broadcast throughout Korea twice on KBS. These appearances have won him critical acclaim as noted in the Los Angeles Times review: “…great skill and accomplishment, a measurable virtuoso bent and considerable musical sensitivity… mesmerizing moments.” In 2009Naxos released a CD of three Mozart concerti performed by Blocker with the Biava Quartet.

Robert Blocker, has been the Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music at Yale University, since 1995. In 2006 Blocker was named honorary Professor of Piano at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. In 2000, Steinway and Sons featured Robert Blocker in its film commemorating the tercentennial year of the piano along with Billy Joel, Van Cliburn and others. He appears regularly on national radio and television as both artist and commentator. In 2004 the Yale University Press published The Robert Shaw Reader, edited by Robert Blocker, now in its third printing.

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