Dr. Nancy J. Uscher is Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Presidential Professor of Music at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She oversees seven departments and schools, as well as the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art and the UNLV Performing Arts Center.

Prior to joining UNLV in 2016, Dr. Uscher was President of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle for five years. Before that, she was Provost and music faculty member of the California Institute of the Arts. She previously spent 12 years at the University of New Mexico as Professor of Music, where she also served as Director of the Center for the Arts in Society and as Associate Provost of Academic Affairs and Department Chair.

A concert violist, Dr. Uscher earned a Bachelor’s degree with distinction at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, a Master’s degree at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a Ph.D. and distinguished alumni award from New York University. She also holds an A.R.C.M. from the Royal College of Music in London. She has performed in recitals and chamber music concerts and given master classes and seminars internationally, as well as having authored numerous articles. Additionally, she is the author of The Schirmer Guide to Schools of Music and Conservatories Throughout the World and Your Own Way in Music: A Career and Resource Guide.

Dr. Uscher is President of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD).

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