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UK Names New School of Music Director

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"We are delighted that Dr. Arnold has agreed to come back to his old Kentucky home and guide this already highly prestigious program to even greater heights. UK will benefit immeasurably from the experience he has gained at Emory."

- College of Fine Arts Dean Robert Shay

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June 13, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Ben Arnold, a University of Kentucky graduate who has been on the faculty of Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., for the past 16 years, has been appointed as the new director of the School of Music in the UK College of Fine Arts.

Arnold replaces Harry Clarke, who has been music director at UK for the past 14 years. Clarke retires June 30, and Arnold will assume his new duties at UK Aug. 1, subject to the approval of his appointment at the UK Board of Trustees meeting June 24.

The new music director is a native Kentuckian who grew up in Lancaster, Ky., and earned bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees at UK in music and musicology. In making the appointment, College of Fine Arts Dean Robert Shay said, "We are delighted that Dr. Arnold has agreed to come back to his old Kentucky home and guide this already highly prestigious program to even greater heights. UK will benefit immeasurably from the experience he has gained at Emory."

While at Emory, Arnold served two terms as chair of the Music Department (1994-2000) and as the first director of Graduate Studies in Music (1991-1994). In addition to teaching required courses on 19th and 20th century music, he created several new courses: "Wagnerian Opera," "The Diva and Virtuoso in Classical Music," "Apocalypse Now and Then," "Shakespeare and Music," "Music in England" (taught at University College, Oxford), and a week-long opera course in New York City, "Emory-at-the-Met."

Arnold said leaving Emory was a difficult decision to make. "There are not many reasons to leave a distinguished university like Emory," Arnold said, "but having the opportunity to work for UK is certainly one of them."

Arnold has published extensively on the music of Franz Liszt, including writing for and editing "The Liszt Companion" (2002). He is the author of a book, titled "Music and War" (1993), and has published many articles related to the subject of the book in professional journals.

His research and collection of war music material led to the founding of the Emory University Archive of Music and War. He has presented professional papers at many conferences in the United States, Canada, Italy, Sweden and Australia and has been a frequent lecturer for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra pre-concert lecture series, the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta, and the Highlands Chamber Music Festival.


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