John Scheib has been named as the next director of the University of Kentucky’s School of Music. Scheib, a former public school music teacher, is currently director of the School of Music and associate professor of music education at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.
He succeeds Skip Gray who served as interim director since the Fall of 2012 after Ben Arnold stepped down from the post.
“Dr. Scheib brings an incredible energy, strong leadership and vast experience to our dynamic School of Music,” said Michael Tick, dean of the UK College of Fine Arts. “His track record of success, his reputation as an effective and compassionate leader, and his commitment to working in close collaboration with our faculty, staff, and students as we continue to be recognized as a leading music school in the nation, all convinced us that he was the right choice.”
The announcement of Scheib’s appointment comes on a busy weekend for the School of Music with the UK Symphony Orchestra premiering a new work by American composer Thomas Pasatieri Friday night and celebrated saxophonist Jeff Coffin performing and teaching with UK’s jazz programs Saturday. Since former UK President Lee Todd declared the School of Music was “on fire,” several years ago, numerous programs have continued to excel including award-winning wind and percussion programs and the choral program, highlighted by the male vocal ensemble the acoUstiKats appearing on NBC’s The Sing Off in December.
Scheib comes to UK with a variety of experiences at Ball State, including associate director, coordinator of undergraduate programs, primary departmental advisor and teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in instrumental music education and research methodology.
A Wisconsin native Scheib holds a bachelors in music education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a masters degree and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He taught instrumental music in the Wisconsin public schools for nine years prior to his university work.
Scheib will begin his duties at the University of Kentucky on July 1.