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Dr. Nancy Uscher has been the president of Cornish College of the Arts since August 1, 2011. She is the first woman to hold that position since Nellie Cornish, who founded the school in 1914.

Dr. Nancy Uscher

A native of Connecticut, Dr. Uscher grew up in White Plains, N.Y. where her K-12 education was entirely in the public schools. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, a master’s degree in music from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a Ph.D. in music from New York University. She is also an Associate of the Royal College of Music in London, where she spent her junior year in college.

Dr. Uscher spent two decades as a concert violist performing and teaching around the world, including six years leading the viola section of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, before transitioning full-time into academe. She spent 12 years at the University of New Mexico in a variety of positions, including Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Chairperson of the Music Department and Professor of Music. She also taught courses in the Women Studies Program and created the Center for the Arts in Society as a think tank to examine arts-related public policy issues and to explore the arts as a catalyst for social change.

From 2004 to 2011, Dr. Uscher was the Provost, or Chief Academic Officer, of the California Institute of the Arts as well as a faculty member of its Herb Alpert School of Music.

She is the author of dozens of articles, and two books: Your Own Way in Music: A Career and Resource Guide and The Schirmer Guide to Schools of Music and Conservatories Throughout the World.