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New England Conservatory Mourns Death of President

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I just received this press release from the NEC:

   New England Conservatory Mourns Death of President Daniel Steiner
   
   First Non-Musician to Lead Conservatory, Steiner Set School on
   Path to Greatness
   
   Boston, MA--Daniel Steiner, President of New England Conservatory,
   died Sunday at Beth Israel Hospital, succumbing to complications
   of chronic lung disease.  He was 72.  The first non-musician to
   head NEC, he was a passionate music lover who applied his legal
   expertise and extensive experience in higher education to make
   the Conservatory one of the premier music schools in the world.
   
   He leaves his wife of 46 years, Prudence Linder Steiner, as well
   as their children, Elizabeth and Michael Hayward of Oregon and
   Joshua L. Steiner and Antoinette Delruelle of New York City, and
   five grandchildren.  Funeral services will take place tomorrow
   (Tuesday, June 13) at 11:30 a.m. at Levine Chapel, 470 Harvard
   St.  Brookline, MA.
   
   Because of his deteriorating health, Steiner had announced last
   September his intention to retire from NEC at the end of the
   current school year or as soon as a new president could take
   over - whichever came first. NEC is currently conducting the
   search for his successor. Steiner was recognized with an honorary
   doctorate presented at the annual Commencement Exercises, May 21.
   
   A Conservatory at the top of its Class
   
   Having served seven years, President Steiner was well on his way
   to achieving the goal he had set for himself making NEC a school
   at the top of its field like Harvard or MIT. During his tenure,
   NEC added renowned artist teachers to its highly respected
   faculty, including Donald Weilerstein, Paul Katz, Kim Kashkashian,
   Martha Strongin Katz, Bruce Brubaker, Vivian Hornik Weilerstein,
   John Grimes, Joseph Silverstein, James MacDonald, Dave Holland,
   Steve Lacy, and Paula Robison. Attracted by the newly enhanced
   faculty, students began applying to NEC in record numbers with
   applications up 70% over the years of Steiner's tenure. Steiner
   recognized the importance of scholarship support for gifted
   students and inaugurated a $100 million capital campaign, which
   was announced in 2003 and had raised $72 million at the time of
   his death.
   
   Prize-winning Chamber Music Ensembles
   
   Under Steiner's leadership, NEC became the preeminent school for
   string training and chamber music coaching. Gifted young string
   players came to study with important studio teachers and also
   to work with some of the world's finest chamber musicians. In
   particular, Steiner established a Professional String Quartet
   Training Program under the direction of Paul Katz, founding
   cellist of the Cleveland Quartet, and a Professional Piano Trio
   Training Program under the Vivian Hornik Weilerstein. These
   programs, plus the faculty presence of many other superb chamber
   musicians like Lucy Chapman (Stoltzman), created a particularly
   fertile climate for chamber music. As a result, numerous stellar
   ensembles nurtured at NEC went on to win major national and
   international competitions. Among these groups are the Jupiter,
   Parker, Ariel, Biava and Kuss String Quartets.
   
   Broad Experience in Higher Education at Harvard
   
   Steiner became president of New England Conservatory in June
   2000, after serving for a year as acting president. For the
   previous three decades, his career had focused on higher education.
   He was general counsel and then vice president and general counsel
   at Harvard University from 1970 to 1992 and was an adjunct
   lecturer in public policy at the Kennedy School of Government
   from 1993 to 1996. As general counsel, he was responsible for
   all of Harvard's legal affairs and assumed management responsibilities
   at various times for the security, human resources, real estate,
   and international departments. He was the author of several
   articles on individual and institutional ethics, and in 1997-98,
   he co-chaired the American Medical Association Task Force on
   Association/Corporate Relations.
   
   An active supporter of Boston and Cambridge civic and cultural
   life, Steiner chaired the Mind/Body Medical Institute and was a
   director (and former chair) of Boston Baroque, WGBH, Cambridge
   Community Foundation, and Cambridge Trust Company. He was a
   member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Massachusetts
   Historical Society.
   
   Steiner's affiliation with NEC began in 1994 when he received
   an invitation to become an overseer from fellow attorney and
   overseer Susan Shapiro, one of his colleagues at Ropes & Gray
   where he worked from 1992-99. He joined the Board of Trustees
   in 1995, and served on and chaired many board committees. Among
   these were the Admissions and Financial Aid Visiting Committee,
   the Presidential Search Committee, and the Faculty Development
   Committee.
   
   A native of New York City, Steiner received his education from
   Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude in 1954 from
   Harvard College and, after a year's study at the University of
   London in 1954-55, earning an LL.B. from Harvard Law School in
   1958. He practiced law in New York City, serving with the law
   firms of Emmet, Marvin & Martin and Patterson, Belknap & Webb
   from 1959 to 1965. In 1965 during the Lyndon Johnson Administration,
   his career moved into a public service phase when he became
   Assistant General Counsel for Legislation and then Chief of
   Legislative Programs for the Agency for International Development
   within the Department of State. From there, he went on to become
   General Counsel for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity
   Commission (1967-69). His long time affiliation with Harvard
   University began in 1969 when he became Secretary of the University
   Committee on Governance.
   
   Tributes from NEC Community
   
   "Daniel Steiner meant so much to NEC during his tenure of seven
   years," said Board Chair Jack Vernon. "He introduced changes
   which will set the direction for the Conservatory for years to
   come with his recruitment of distinguished faculty.  What's more,
   he created an environment that is nurturing and caring and which
   plays an important part in attracting the highest caliber musicians
   from around the world."
   
   "Not only did Daniel Steiner understand what the Conservatory
   needed to enhance its place in the artistic firmament, he also
   knew what NEC had to do to make it financially possible," said
   David Scudder, Life Trustee and head of The Gift of Music capital
   campaign. "Thanks to his leadership, we have already raised
   nearly three-quarters of our $100 million goal."
   
   "Daniel earned the trust of everyone in the NEC community," said
   Harold Pratt, Vice Chair of the Board. "With his passion for the
   school, his concern for people, his insistence on excellence,
   his modesty, gentleness, integrity, and sense of humor, he created
   an environment of mutual respect and collegiality. He liked to
   say 'NEC is a happy place' and he was right."
   
   ABOUT NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY
   
   Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader among music
   schools, New England Conservatory offers rigorous training in
   an intimate, nurturing community to 750 undergraduate, graduate,
   and doctoral music students from around the world. Its faculty
   of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and
   scholars. Its alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert
   hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management
   positions worldwide. Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra
   is composed of NEC trained musicians and faculty.
   
   The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC
   was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its curriculum is remarkable
   for its wide range of styles and traditions. On the college
   level, it features training in classical, jazz, contemporary
   improvisation, world and early music. Through its Preparatory
   School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Collaboration
   Programs, it provides training and performance opportunities for
   children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors. Through its
   outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with
   non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing
   homes-thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging
   the universe for classical music and jazz.
   
   NEC presents more than 600 free concerts each year In Jordan
   Hall, its world- renowned, 100-year old, beautifully restored
   concert hall.  These programs range from solo recitals to chamber
   music to orchestral programs to jazz and opera scenes. Every
   year, NEC's opera studies department also presents two fully
   staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston.
   
   NEC is co-founder and educational partner of "From the Top," a
   weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical
   musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in
   Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by more than two hundred
   stations throughout the United States.

Dave
http://www.classical.net/

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