In July 2013, David H. Stull took office as President of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Stull is former dean of the Conservatory and professor of brass studies at Oberlin College, where he exhibited great vision with a passionate commitment to artistic excellence and the creation of academic programs that prepare musicians for successful careers in the everchanging cultural and economic environment of the 21st century.
Stull arrived in San Francisco with a demonstrated record of decisive leadership skills, financial acumen and academic creativity, together with a dedication to the highest artistic standards. At Oberlin, he helped secure over $40 million in donations, including $21 million for The Kohl Building, a project spearheaded to completion entirely under his leadership, an additional $14 million for dedicated professorships, program support, scholarships, gifts-in-kind, and pilot grants, while securing collections and instrument donations that exceed $8 million in value. During his tenure, the Conservatory launched a series of new programs, including an intensive entrepreneurship curriculum, a new record label, and fully sponsored orchestral tours to Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall and the People's Republic of China. He also secured the resources for a world class recording studio and a series of artistic initiatives, including a Grammy®-nominated recording. Most recently he launched Music in America, a critically acclaimed program to provide music education to underserved schools throughout the nation.
David Stull was professor of brass studies at Oberlin College and dean of the Conservatory, a position he held from 2004 to 2013. As dean, Stull was the chief academic officer of its Conservatory, where he led an institution consisting of over 600 students and 120 faculty and staff members. Stull previously served as associate dean of the Oberlin Conservatory from 20002004.
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 ultimately assistant dean. Stull was also associate director of admissions for The Juilliard School from 1990-1993.
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 seminar program before completing an M.M. at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
About The San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Founded in 1917, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music is the oldest conservatory in the American West and has earned an international reputation for producing musicians of the highest caliber. Notable alumni include Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, Jeffrey Kahane, Aaron Jay Kernis and Robin Sutherland, among others. The Conservatory offers its approximately 400 collegiate students fully accredited bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in composition and instrumental and vocal performance. Its Preparatory Division provides exceptionally high standards of musical excellence and personal attention to more than 580 younger students. The Conservatory’s faculty and students give nearly 500 public performances each year, most of which are offered to the public at no charge. Its community outreach programs serve over 1,600 school children and over 11,000 members of the wider community who are otherwise unable to hear live performances. The Conservatory’s Civic Center facility is an architectural and acoustical masterwork, and the Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall was lauded by the New York Times as the “most enticing classical-music setting” in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, visit www.sfcm.edu.