Dean, School of the Arts
Professor of Music
Dean Candelaria joined Purchase College in 2018. He received his undergraduate education at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Oberlin Conservatory where he studied violin under Victor Danchenko and Marilyn Macdonald. After receiving his PhD from Yale University, Candelaria served for twelve years on the musicology faculty of the University of Texas at Austin. More recently, he served as an Associate Provost at the University of Texas at El Paso–an institution that has earned national distinction for its bold and inspiring mission of “access and excellence” in an under-resourced community along the U.S.-Mexico border.
A dedicated advocate for the arts in education and in public discourses on pressing issues of the day, Dean Candelaria serves on the Board of Directors for the PostClassical Ensemble in Washington, D.C., a dynamic group that integrates music, art, theater, film, and dance in thematic programs that revitalize the concert experience and promote relevant roles for the arts in contemporary society. He remains active nationally and internationally as a speaker and writer on topics ranging from sixteenth-century illuminated chant manuscripts to the role of the arts in projections of cultural identities.