U-M appoints Gier new dean of music, theater & dance

Michael H. Hodges
Detroit News Fine Arts Writer

The University of Michigan has named alumnus David Gier its new dean of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. 

David Gier has been named dean of the UM School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Gier, a trombonist who did his undergraduate music training at UM, graduating in 1983, got his doctorate in music from Yale in 1992. He takes up his new position Oct. 1. The appointment runs through the 2022-2023 academic year.

Gier also has been named the Paul Boylan Collegiate Professor of Music. The Iowan follows Aaron Dworkin, a UM faculty member who stepped down as dean last year. 

Gier said he's "humbled" by the appointment. The school, he added, "has a rich and sustaining legacy, (and) remarkable artistic and intellectual resources."

Before moving to Iowa in1995, Gier was on the Baylor University faculty for six years.

Gier is both an academic and accomplished performer. From 1990 until 2008, he was principal trombonist of the Breckenridge (Colo.) Festival Orchestra under the direction of Gerhardt Zimmermann.

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