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Loyola University New Orleans selects new dean for the College of Music

Loyola press release - March 25, 1998

The Rev. Bernard P. Knoth, S.J., university president, announced today that Edward J. Kvet, D.M.E., has been selected dean of Loyola University New Orleans College of Music. Kvet will assume his responsibilities on August 1, 1998.

Kvet, 48, has over 25 years of experience in higher education in teaching, performing and administrative roles. He has extensive experience in curriculum and program development, budget and planning, policies and procedures, student recruitment and retention, fund-raising and community outreach. Since 1990, Kvet has served as a professor and the director of the School of Music at Central Michigan University where he was responsible for the university’s comprehensive music program that serves over 300 students. His most notable accomplishment at Central Michigan was the completion of a $21 million, 119,000 square foot music building in which he was instrumental in all aspects of building design and fund-raising.

Prior to his position at Central Michigan, Kvet had several appointments at Loyola University New Orleans from 1982-90 including associate dean, acting dean and coordinator of music education. While in Louisiana, Kvet served the Louisiana Music Educators Association as chairman of the University Division. He was active as a guest conductor for district and parish honors bands, as a clinician for in-service workshops, and as a trumpet performer with the New Orleans Symphony, Opera and Ballet Orchestras. Kvet has held teaching positions at the University of Cincinnati and Edgecliff College in Cincinnati as well as appointments at two Cincinnati school districts.

As an academician, Kvet is the author of numerous publications, including Instructional Literature for Middle-Level Bands, Strategies for Teaching Beginning and Intermediate Band, and Strategies for Teaching High School Band. These publications were designed to assist public school educators in implementing the National Standards in Music Education.

Kvet is active in several professional organizations which include the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) in which he is a member of the Publications Planning Committee; the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) in which he serves as a member of the Ethics Committee; and the Michigan Music Educators Association of which he is president.

Kvet earned his bachelor of music education degree at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. He received a master of music in music education and a doctorate of music education from the University of Cincinnati.

In making the announcement, Knoth said, “We are pleased to have someone with Dr. Kvet’s solid academic experience and impressive record of scholarship, teaching, performing, and community involvement. His commitment to academic and artistic excellence will assure that the College of Music continues its tradition as one of the nation’s leading music schools.”

On hearing that he was selected as the College of Music’s sixth dean, Kvet said, “I am honored to be selected for this prestigious position. I look forward to continue the tradition of excellence begun by Dean Swanzy and to enhance the College of Music’s national prominence in music performance, music education and music therapy. My wife and I are excited about our return to New Orleans and Loyola University New Orleans.

The naming of Kvet concludes a six month national search to replace Dean Swanzy who resigned as dean in February 1997 after 20 years of service and returned to the faculty.

Loyola University New Orleans College of Music, founded in 1932, serves nearly 300 students and gives them the opportunity to combine liberal studies with professional music courses in the only college of music within the 28 Jesuit colleges in the United States. The college's reputation for excellence is founded on the work of a faculty whose distinction as scholars, performers, and most importantly, as educators, has been nationally acclaimed. Loyola's music alumni have become successful in virtually every area of the professional music world.