President David H. Stull
David H. Stull became President of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on July 1, 2013, having served previously as Dean of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music since 2004.
At Oberlin, he helped secure support for numerous initiatives including The Bertram and Judith Kohl Building, a project spearheaded to completion under his leadership. The Kohl Building is one of the most innovative teaching and performance facilities in the country and is the first dedicated music building to receive a Gold LEED rating. Under his leadership, the Conservatory created an intensive entrepreneurship curriculum, numerous academic and experiential learning programs, and produced fully sponsored orchestral tours to Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall and the People's Republic of China. He also launched a state-of-the-art recording studio and record label and initiated a series of world-class recording projects, including a Grammy®-nominated album.
Recognizing the success of Oberlin's innovative academic programming and contributions to American education, President Barack Obama presented the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with the National Medal of Arts, which Dean Stull accepted on behalf of the institution in February 2010.
From 1993-2000, Stull held positions at Lawrence University's Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin, as a member of the brass faculty, director of conservatory admissions and assistant dean. Stull was also associate director of admissions for The Juilliard School from 1990-1993.
A professional tubist, Stull has performed with the Milwaukee Ballet, the Bravo Colorado Music Festival, the Oberlin Brass Quintet, the American Brass Quintet and the Aspen Festival Orchestra, among others. He has toured the United States and Europe and has appeared on Live from Lincoln Center as well as at venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall and Merkin Hall. He has also recorded for commercial radio and television. His students hold major teaching positions and have appeared as guests with the Houston and Seattle Symphony orchestras.
Stull has been a guest speaker at institutions ranging from The Juilliard School to the Interlochen Arts Academy, most recently appearing at the Business Innovation Factory and the University of North Texas' Leadership Conference. He has been heard on Public Radio International's From the Top, National Public Radio's Performance Today and on WCLV/WVIZ radio in Ohio.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Stull earned degrees in tuba performance and English literature at Oberlin College. He attended the Aspen Music Festival and pursued further study at The Juilliard School in the American Brass Quintet program before completing an M.M. at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
He and his wife, Jessica Downs, live in San Francisco with their two daughters, Madeline and Emily.
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