Laurence Kaptain, DMA and FRSA
Laurence Kaptain, Dean of the College of Arts and Media at the University
of Colorado Denver, brings 14 years of higher education leadership
experience at leading public and private universities to his new assignment.
He recently served as President of the Association for General and
Liberal Studies, and is currently the Treasurer of the College Music Society.
In 2014 he was named a Fellow in the Royal Society of the Arts.
Dr. Kaptain served as the Director of Creative Infinitives in the
Department of Research and Economic Development and Paula Manship Professor of
Music, and prior to that, Dean of the College of Music and Dramatic Arts and
Penniman Family Professor of Music at Louisiana State University from 2009-14.
During that time faculty and student travel funding increased by over 129% and
the college’s endowment grew by over 65%, and student diversity increased by
over 30%. A champion of accessibility to creativity and the arts for all
students in public education—Kaptain traveled frequently to Washington DC
meeting on arts integration initiatives with former President Bill Clinton, NEA
Chair Rocco Landesman, and key staff members from President Obama’s Committee
on the Arts and the Humanities. He arranged for funding to support
international leaders in creativity to speak at annual LSU convocations,
diploma ceremonies and special events at LSU, including Academy Award Winner
Bill Conti, David Pogue, Steven J. Tepper, Eric Booth, Elizabeth Long Lingo,
Liz Lerman, Margo Drakos, and Jaron Lanier.
Prior to assuming this post at LSU, he was Dean of Shenandoah Conservatory
near Washington, DC, Director of the heralded Schwob School of Music in
Georgia, and Vice-Provost for Faculty Programs and Academic Quality at UMKC. At
Shenandoah Conservatory he awarded honorary doctorates to famed
dancer/choreographer Mikhail Baryshnikov, journalist David Pogue, pianist John
O’Conor, and Tony Award
Nominated Actor, choreographer Murray Lewis and Independent Film Director,
Producer, and Writer J. Robert (Bobby) Spencer.
He received the first doctorate in percussion instruments at the University
of Michigan, where he was a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico and received the
prestigious Rackham Graduate School Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. Laurence Kaptain
appears regularly with orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, The
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San
Francisco Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, and has recorded with the Chicago
Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Orpheus, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the
Czech National Symphony. He has also appeared, collaborated or recorded with
artists such as Elvis Costello, Yo-Yo Ma, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Robert Altman,
Nureyev, Suzanne Farrell and others.
In the summer
of 2014 he appeared in performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and in the
fall of 2013 was featured in 3 concerts with the National Symphony at the
Kennedy Center under the direction of Neeme Järvi.
a founding partner of the Alliance for the Arts at Research Universities
(a2ru), a partnership
of thirty institutions committed to transforming research universities in order
to ensure the greatest possible institutional support for interdisciplinary
research, curricula, programs and creative practice between the arts, sciences
and other disciplines.
Provost Roderick Nairn:
“Dr. Kaptain’s national visibility in arts studies
place him in a position of thought leadership in the arts nationally and
internationally. We’re fortunate to have someone of his caliber join us at this
critical juncture for CAM, and I’m confident in his ability to lead the college
to new creative achievements.”