Composer Ronald Caltabiano became dean for the School of Music in July 2016. Previously, he served as dean and professor for the Jordan College of Arts at Butler University in Indianapolis, where he oversaw the areas of art, arts administration, dance, music, theatre and a community outreach program that reaches 1,800 low-income youth annually.
Upon his arrival at Butler in 2011, Caltabiano managed the completion of and final fundraising for the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, a 450-seat multi-arts venue. During his five-year tenure, he increased developed income by 110 percent. Caltabiano also is the founding director of Butler ArtsFest, an annual 11-day festival that brings national and international artists on campus to work with students and faculty.
Caltabiano has been especially interested in two particular kinds of collaboration. Inter-arts collaborations have brought artists from varied disciplines together to inspire new creations, whether among students or professionals. University-community collaborations have created win-win situations that provide support for local arts organizations, while enhancing opportunities for the institutions that Caltabiano has lead.
Caltabiano received his Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from The Julliard School, where he studied with Elliott Carter and Vincent Persichetti. His works have been heard around the world. Ensembles that have commissioned or performed his works include the San Francisco, Cincinnati and Dallas Symphony Orchestras, the BBC Symphony, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Juilliard, Emerson and Arditti String Quartets, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Fires of London. Numerous labels have recorded his compositions; his works are published by Theodore Presser Co.
In addition to his career as a composer, Caltabiano has held academic and administrative positions at the Manhattan School of Music, Hong Kong Baptist University, the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University, and the College of Creative Arts at San Francisco State University.
He currently lives in Lincoln Park with his husband and partner of 30 years, John Mugge.