President of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
David H. Stull previously served as Dean of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music since 2004 and became President of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on July 1, 2013. During his time at the Oberlin Conservatory, Stull accepted the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama on behalf of the institution for their innovative work and contributions to American education. Now, David is launching a dynamic new curriculum at SFCM that prepares artists to seize opportunities in the modern economy while equipping them for lifelong success in any endeavor.
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One to One with David Stull
David H. Stull describes how last spring’s “accelerated learning path” to the digital realm has fully prepared SFCM for the coming fall semester. Although the entire curriculum will be available online, he says, 70 percent of the student body will arrive on campus in October for a hybrid of in-person and electronic learning.
The Dante networking system, with its mere 10-millisecond latency, will enable students to rehearse in ensembles, and live concerts for up to 12 (masked) players are planned for one of the two concert halls in the just-completed, $195 million, 12-story Bowes Center. Technology is a vital learning tool right now, but as Stull sees it, it’s vital tool for any working musician in the 21st century.
“Musicians are so incredibly well-equipped to be successful.”
David explains why trained musicians thrive in the business world. In a compelling discussion about what is required of conservatories to train the new musician of the 21st century and what students must do to cope with changing models of success. He discusses what he did to raise funds and create a dynamic new curriculum, at a time when the cost of higher education has reached crisis levels — and why a classical musician is the best-equipped individual in any field.