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Laurence Kaptain

About Laurence Kaptain

The College of Arts & Media at CU Denver We envision a world made smaller, and more fully human, by the artist’s interpretation of the human experience. Our students come to us with passion for artistic expression. Our goal is to send them out into the world confident of purpose, ready to succeed. Mission Our mission is to effect change by preparing students to successfully pursue their passions. Our students acquire the skills they need to excel in an academically rigorous, experiential learning environment energized by creative exchange, real-world experience and diversity of voice. Laurence Kaptain, Dean of the College of Arts and Media at the University of Colorado Denver, brings 16 years of higher education leadership experience at leading public and private universities to his new assignment. As a recording artist he can be heard on a Grammy-winning recording (2001) with New York's Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, as well as numerous recordings with the Chicago Symphony (Solti, Boulez, Jarvi), St. Louis Symphony (Slatkin), St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (Wolf) and LaScala Opera (Reynolds). He is currently a Fellow in the Royal Society of the Arts, a member of the National Advisory Board of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), a member of the Board of Directors of the Denver School for the Arts Foundation, Dr. Kaptain served as the Director of Creative Initiatives 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. 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. 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.

New Student College of Arts & Media Reception and CU Denver New Student Convocation

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Grecia Portillo, CU Denver Student Body President and a very impressive young woman!
Dr. Raul Cardenas, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Incoming first-year College of Arts & Media students
The student band from the College of Arts & Media, “Squerv” provided the entertainment for the CAM New Student Reception.
First-year College of Arts & Media students leading the cadre of artists and creatives into the New Student Convocation.
Dr. Kim Hunter Reed, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education addressed the crowd at the CU Denver New Student Convocation.

Navigating the future of work: Can we point business, workers, and social institutions in the same direction? Deloitte Review

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From the Chronicle on 080217: “The consulting firm Deloitte on Tuesday added yet another chapter to the long-running conversation about “Navigating the Future of Work,” and its conclusions are much like what you might have heard in other “future of work” reports, including The Chronicle’s own: Technology and the loose relationship between employer and employee are going to upend longstanding relationships in the labor market, forcing people to adapt to work that is more automated, relying on “essentially human” skills that are creative and empathetic. Colleges face a number of key questions: People are going to need to re-skill more often and quickly in the future, the report contends, and educational institutions are going to have to prepare that work force.”

Scott Carlson

NYT: Where All the School’s a Stage by LIZETTE ALVAREZ AUG. 1, 2017

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Impressive article about several East Coast arts high schools.

“Though Democrats and Republicans are at sharp odds over the direction, funding and effectiveness of public education and school choice, schools of the arts often bridge the partisan divide.”

June 2017 trip to Cuba for AMPM Music Production Conference by CU Denver faculty and a student from the Department of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies

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Intrepid and talented Music & Entertainment Industry Studies student Isabella Sandoval (B.S., ’17) in Havana