Eric Chasalow

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Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Irving Fine Professor of Music
DMA, Columbia University

Eric Chasalow, an award-winning composer and the Irving Fine Professor of Music, was appointed dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 2014. Since joining the Brandeis faculty in 1990, Chasalow has directed the internationally recognized Brandeis Electro-Acoustic Music Studio (BEAMS), teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in theory, composition and electronic music. Since becoming dean, he has worked to advance the student experience in all dimensions, including new initiatives to integrate student academic and professional pathways. In 2016 he launched the DEIS program, which has been successful in bringing first-generation and underrepresented students to master’s degree programs at Brandeis, where they are closely mentored into top PhD programs around the country.

Chasalow has received many honors and awards, including the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a Koussevitzky Music Foundation Commission, an Aaron Copland Award, two awards from the Fromm Foundation at Harvard, and two awards from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. Recent ensemble commissions have come from MusicaTrieze (Marseille), the Network For New Music (Philadelphia), The Portland Chamber Music Festival, a Chamber Music America Commission for New York New Music Ensemble, and a Barlow Endowment commission for Talea Ensemble. The Eric Chasalow collection in the Library of Congress was established in 2009.

Chasalow earned a BA from Bates College, and an MA and DMA from Columbia University.