DePauw University President-elect Mark McCoy has selected Ayden Adler to serve as dean of the university’s School of Music. Adler will replace McCoy, who currently serves as dean and will formally take office as president July 1.
Adler previously served as senior vice president and dean of the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy. She has also served as executive director of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in New York City.
"I couldn’t be more excited to share the news that Dr. Adler, who has extensive experience and has earned immense respect as a musician and an administrator, is bringing her many talents to DePauw and to the 21st Century Musician Initiative," said McCoy. "Dr. Adler is a creative, forward-thinking musician and educator who epitomizes what it takes to adapt and succeed in a changing musical universe. She will lead this grand school to new heights."
Adler has performed as a tenured member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and also taught horn, natural horn and music history at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She is also a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
"I believe music and the arts are central to the creative, collaborative, and innovative thinking required in society today," said Adler. "I am excited to build on the work of President-elect McCoy and the DePauw University School of Music to support students and faculty as they explore contemporary ways to engage and serve communities both inside and outside traditional arts environments."
The DePauw School of Music is the sixth-oldest private institution for post-secondary music instruction throughout the country and is the longest-running in Indiana.