Freeman, Robert R.

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Robert Freeman received his undergraduate degree in music at Harvard in 1957, concurrently completing a diploma in piano at the Longy School and studying during the summers of 1955 and 1956 with Artur Balsam and Rudolf Serkin. After a year in Europe on one of Harvard's Sheldon Traveling Fellowships, he earned MFA and PhD degrees in musicology at Princeton, where he joined the faculty in 1963. He served as assistant and associate professor at MIT during the period 1968-73, and in the fall of 1972 was appointed director of the Eastman School of Music, which he led from 1972 to 1996. Appointed president of the New England Conservatory in 1996, he moved to the University of Texas at Austin in 2000 as Dean of the College of Fine Arts, a position from which he stepped down in the fall of 2006. A Steinway artist since the mid 1970s, Freeman has performed as pianist in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and has recorded with colleagues both at Eastman and at UT. His honors include two years as a Fulbright fellow to Vienna, 1960-62; a Martha Baird Rockefeller grant in 1962-63; the Civic Medal of Rochester, New York, awarded in connection with his work on downtown revitalization; and an honorary DMA from Hamilton College. He has published on a variety of topics in 18th-century music history and on the history and future of the education of musicians. He has served on advisory councils for music and the arts at Harvard, MIT, Yale, Princeton, Howard, Middlebury, and Vanderbilt, and is a member of the boards of the Austin Symphony, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, and the National Center for Human Performance at the Texas Medical Center in Houston. He chairs the board of the Institute for Music and Brain Science at Harvard-Massachusetts General Hospital. At the University of Texas he holds the Susan Menefee Ragan Regents Professorship in Fine Arts..

From the description of Robert Freeman collection 1996-1999. (New England Conservatory of Music). WorldCat record id: 662522840

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creatorOf Freeman, Robert,. Notes taken from recordings of interviews with four early settlers of Ramsey County, 1948 August 2. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Freeman, Robert. Robert Freeman collection 1996-1999. New England Conservatory of Music, Harriet M. Spaulding Library
referencedIn PITTS V. FREEMAN school desegregation case files, 1969-1993. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
creatorOf FREEMAN, ROBERT. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
creatorOf Freeman, Robert. Freeman, Robert : [photography bio file]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Weigl, Karl, 1881-1949. The Karl Weigl Papers. 1894-1986 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Tazewell family. Papers, 1759-1858. Library of Virginia
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associatedWith Belland, George S., 1870- person
associatedWith Dunn, William W., 1862- person
associatedWith Gibbs, Frank, 1862-1949. person
associatedWith New England Conservatory of Music. corporateBody
associatedWith Rogers, Wes. person
associatedWith Tazewell family. family
associatedWith Weigl, Karl, 1881-1949. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
White Bear Lake (Minn.)
Ramsey County (Minn.)


Active 1996

Active 1999



Ark ID: w6j67r12

SNAC ID: 58383312