To The New School community:
We are pleased to announce that Stefania de Kenessey will serve as the interim dean of Eugene Lang College for the 2010-2011 academic year, beginning July 1. The Lang faculty recommended Stefania for this role and we fully support the faculty’s recommendation.
Stefania is associate professor of Music and chair of the Arts at Lang College. She began her professional relationship with The New School in 1980 as a part-time faculty member and joined the full-time faculty in 1984. She was awarded tenure in 2008, the first year that tenure was available to faculty at the College. Stefania’s teaching has included surveys of classical, romantic, and contemporary music; music theory and analysis; and non-traditional courses that incorporate intellectual history, philosophy and aesthetics, and social issues. Alongside her teaching, she has served as a chair, a program director, and on numerous divisional leadership committees, including the current committee to establish the Lang College divisional charter. At the university level, she serves on the University Promotion and Review Committee and the Faculty Handbook Committee.
Stefania holds a PhD and MFA in Music Composition from Princeton and she earned her BA in Music Composition from Yale. She is a successful composer whose work is widely considered to be at the vanguard of the neo-classical movement. Her compositions have been performed at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, City Center, Symphony Space, and Lincoln Center, as well as at prestigious venues across Europe and in South America, Asia, South Africa, and Australia. Her commissions range from choral, vocal, and operatic pieces to chamber and orchestral work, as well as scores for documentary film, theater, and dance. She has received awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers and Meet the Composer.
As interim dean of Eugene Lang College, Stefania will provide academic and administrative leadership and oversight for the faculty, students, and programs. She will represent the division in all appropriate contexts while a search for a new dean is underway in academic year 2010-2011. We are confident that she will serve Lang’s students and faculty well and be a strong advocate for Lang at the university level, particularly as a member of the university deans council. Please join us in congratulating Stefania and in expressing our appreciation for her commitment as she moves into this important new role.