Leadership - Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University



Professor, Dean and Artistic Director, Musco Center for the Arts
Bertea Family Endowed Chair

William Hall, D.M.A., is the Founding Dean and Artistic Director for the Musco Center for the Arts, a professor of music at Chapman University since 1963 and the first distinguished professor to hold the Bertea Family Endowed Chair in Music. In 2013, William Hall was honored with the naming of the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music in recognition of his 50 years of outstanding service to Chapman University.

Hall has taught at major conservatories of music around the world, and has numerous compositions and arrangements on the market, including his own choral series with National Music Publishers.

William Hall has appeared as guest conductor in the Far East and throughout the United States and Europe, including performances with the San Francisco Symphony, the Vienna Symphony, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, the London B.B.C. Symphony, the Musicians of London, the Sinfonia of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and the Central Philharmonic Orchestra of Beijing.

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Dean and Professor, College of Performing Arts

Dr. Giulio M. Ongaro is Dean of the College of Performing Arts at Chapman University. A native of Venice, Italy, Dr. Ongaro holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a dissertation on the singing chapel of St. Mark’s Basilica (Venice) in the sixteenth century.

Dr. Ongaro is an active intellectual whose research is centered on questions of the mutual influence of society and the arts, social and political context for the production and performance of music, business of music, music printing, musical instruments in the sixteenth century, and relationship of words and music. His research has been published in scholarly journals in the United States and Europe, and he is the author and co-author of nine articles in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, the standard reference work in music.

Prior to joining Chapman, he worked for the University of the Pacific where he served as Professor of Music and Dean of the Conservatory of Music for five years. He has also taught music history and musicology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Delaware, and – for 18 years – he was at the University of Southern California, where he served as Chair of the Department of Musicology and later as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at the Thornton School of Music.