Jul 8, 2008    #075
Contact: Wandra Brooks Green

Peter Witte Named Dean of UMKC’s Conservatory of Music and Dance

Provost Gail Hackett, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), has named Peter Witte as Dean of the Conservatory of Music and Dance. Witte will begin his duties on Aug. 18.

Witte has served as Chair of the Department of Music and Director of Instrumental Studies at Kennesaw State University (KSU) in suburban Atlanta since 1999. During a tenure at KSU, in which music major enrollment grew 60 percent and participation in performing ensembles grew 200 percent, Witte was instrumental in the planning and design of $12 million in new music facilities at KSU, including the Bailey Performance Center. The Center is regarded as one of the leading concert halls in metropolitan Atlanta.

As a conductor, Witte has led performances in Carnegie Hall with the National Wind Ensemble; served as co-founder and co-conductor of the Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble; and music director of the Atlanta Wind Symphony. Prior to his conducting and administrative careers, he performed as an orchestral horn player with ensembles – including the Atlanta Opera, the Toledo Symphony, the Windsor Symphony – and in summer festivals in Grand Teton, and in Graz, Austria.

“The pool of candidates for this dean search was outstanding, and illustrates the strong national reputation of UMKC’s Conservatory of Music and Dance,” said Ann Dickinson, chairman and owner of Dickinson Financial Corporation and member of the dean search committee. “I am confident that Peter has the vision and energy to take the school to the next level.”

Russell Reynolds Associates, a national search firm, assisted UMKC in the search for the new dean.


Master of Music, Conducting, University of Michigan

Master of Music, Horn, University of Michigan

Bachelor of Music, Horn, University of Michigan

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The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,400 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Celebrating 75 years, UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban engagement.

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