(Sher, Daniel P - 2013) -- Robert L. Stearns Award uri icon



  • Professor Sher joined CU-Boulder as Dean of the College of Music in 1993, serving in that role for a remarkable twenty years. During his tenure, Dean Sher led the effort to add a number of new graduate programs, including degrees in jazz studies at multiple levels; launched the one-of-a-kind Entrepreneurship Center for Music; developed partnerships with local performers and music communities; increased the college’s endowment; and established the college’s first two endowed faculty chairs. He also served as president of the National Association of Schools of Music, a reflection of his reputation as a leader in his field. In addition to being a gifted administrator, Professor Sher is an accomplished pianist and chamber musician, having performed at concerts and recitals across the U.S., Europe, Mexico, and Central America, including a recital at the Lincoln Center in New York City.
    Following his retirement as the Dean of the College, Professor Sher will continue as a professor in the college. Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano commented that Professor Sher “will bring the same energy as a professor that he does as dean and I am thrilled he will remain on the faculty.”

year awarded

  • 2013