New Score for Michael Deane Lamkin

When Michael Deane Lamkin leaves as dean of the faculty at the end of this academic year, he moves into a new designation: that of The Bessie and Cecil Frankel Professor of Music.

A member of the Scripps faculty since 1977 and dean since 1997, Lamkin’s areas of musical performance include large ensemble works composed from 1740-1970, focusing on Europe and including the U.S. after 1850. He has special research interests in patronage in the Habsburg Empire, especially as related to the Esterhazy family, Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.

He is also the artistic director and principal conductor of the Classical Music Festival, which takes place each summer in Einsenstadt, Austria.

The Frankel Chair in Music was established in 2002 by the Scripps Board of Trustees to honor the generosity of the donors, Bessie and Cecil Frankel. Funded by a bequest from the Frankel family, it honors the couple’s lifelong devotion to music and is given to a senior member of the Music Department for a term of 10 years.

Lamkin will be the second holder of the Frankel Chair, following Jane O’Donnell, who held it from 2002 until she retired from Scripps, in 2004.

“I look forward to turning my full academic focus to music in the years ahead,” noted Lamkin. “And it is a particular honor to follow my distinguished colleague Jane O’Donnell in this professorship.”


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