Faculty Highlights

Our faculty are the foundation upon which our School is built. Their talent and expertise are second-to-none, and recently we have a few faculty members who we would like to recognize for their contributions to our community:

Ann Labounsky seated at an organDr. Ann Labounsky has been on the faculty of the Mary Pappert School of Music for over 50 years. Her expertise is known worldwide, and she continues to share that expertise with our students daily. Recently, she has been featured in both a long-form interview, printed in The American Organist, and on SiriusXM radio on the Catholic Channel's Sounds from the Spires program, originally airing at the end of February.

Caron Daley portrait on staircaseDr. Caron Daley has been featured in two recent issues of the Duquesne Duke, in articles discussing the importance of cultural diversity on campus, as well as celebrating her work as a female leader in our community. To read these articles, please visit the websites below:

In addition, several video recordings of the 2021–2022 Duquesne choirs, conducted by Daley (and University Singers director, Joe Stuligross) are planned for public release later this spring on the Mary Pappert School of Music's YouTube channel.

Watershed album coverEmerita Professor, Lynn Purse, has recently released a new album of her original compositions. Entitled Watershed, the album features the Duquesne Symphony Orchestra and various faculty members of the Mary Pappert School of Music including Adam Liu and Mike Tomaro. It is available to purchase on Amazon or to stream on Spotify. Purse retired from the Music Technology faculty following the 2019–2020

black and white portrait of Robert CameronAfter 36 years of dedicated service to the Mary Pappert School of Music and its students, Dr. Robert Cameron has announced his intention to retire at the end of the 2020–2021 academic year. For 36 years, Bob has worked wonders with our band program, educating multiple generations of students and giving our band program a significant national profile.

Bob offered his own thoughts on his retirement. "I would like to express my deepest appreciation to the Mary Pappert School of Music faculty, both past and present, who have, over the years, displayed unwavering support of my efforts to build the wind band program," he said. "I could not have dreamed of a finer collection of dedicated professionals with whom to work. I would be remiss if I did not also acknowledge our phenomenal staff who labor tirelessly for the School of Music, several of whom have been courageous enough to accompany us on numerous band tours. Finally, and most importantly, to the thousands of talented Duquesne students with whom I have had the distinct privilege of working, I will never forget any of you or the wonderful musical experiences we shared together."

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Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 8,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University’s academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim.

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