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Edward Kocher

Kocher, Dr. Edward William Patrick Power, C.S.Sp., Endowed Chair in Academic Leadership; Professor, Trombone, Musicianship
Mary Pappert School of Music

Phone: 412.396.6080


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
M.A., University of Iowa
B.M.E., Northwestern University

Dr. Edward Kocher serves as the William Patrick Power Endowed Faculty Chair in Academic Leadership at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. From 2000-2014, he served as dean and professor at Duquesne University's Mary Pappert School of Music. An accomplished trombonist, Kocher's performance credits include tours and recordings with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, on stage performances at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, a 2007 GRAMMY winning recording with Nancy Wilson on the MCG Jazz label and a host of solo and chamber music performances in America, Europe, and Asia.

Dr. Kocher serves on the Commission for Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Music. He has served as a member of the Arts Education Collaborative Steering Committee and as President of the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society. Dr. Kocher has made scholarly presentations for the National Association of Schools of Music, American Educational Research Association, and the Management Workshop for Music Executives in Higher Education. His current scholarly agenda focuses on using technology to develop improvisation and an exploration of music for trombone and organ.

Prior to his appointment at Duquesne University, he served for two decades at DePaul University in Chicago, IL where he earned competitive grants for technology, improvisation, and diversity initiatives. Dean Kocher earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy Analysis-Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Master of Arts in Trombone Performance at the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Music Education at Northwestern University.