Boyer College of Music and Dance

Boyer College of Music and Dance
Type Public
Established 1962
Parent institution
Temple University
Dean Robert T. Stroker
Students approx. 800
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Campus Urban

The Boyer College of Music and Dance is part of the Center for the Arts at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, located in close proximity to the city’s historic cultural institutions, including the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadanco and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Center for the Arts and the Boyer College belong to a thriving arts community that also consists of the Tyler School of Art and the Division of Theater, Film and Media Arts, providing myriad opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration among students, faculty and cultural partners. Dr. Robert T. Stroker is Dean and Vice Provost for the Arts at Temple University.[1]


The Boyer College is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.[2]

Programs and departments

The Boyer College offers academic programs that lead to bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees within the Departments of Choral Activities; Music Studies; Dance; Instrumental Studies; Keyboard Studies; Music Education and Music Therapy; and, Voice and Opera. Programs in Jazz Studies, Composition, Music History and Music Theory are housed within the Department of Music Studies. Boyer students have opportunities to perform in a variety of instrumental and choral ensembles: Temple University Symphony Orchestra, Temple University Wind Symphony, Temple University Jazz Band, Temple University Concert Choir, Diamond Marching Band, Temple University Percussion Ensemble, Temple Opera Theater, Early Music Ensemble, Contemporary Music Ensemble.[3]


Since its founding as a college of music in 1962, Boyer has grown in size and scope to become a comprehensive college representing academic and artistic excellence in music and dance. Originating as a single department of music education offering vocal instruction at Temple University in 1893, the college now enrolls an average of 800 students each year, many of whom have successfully pursued professional careers in their respective fields.

In 1985 the college was named in honor of Esther Boyer Griswold, who bequeathed a large endowment to Temple University for the college of music. The dance department became part of Boyer College in 1998. In June 2012, Boyer became part of a new Center for the Arts at Temple University, which includes the Tyler School of Art and the Division of Theater, Film and Media Arts.[4]

Performance venues

Rock Hall

Klein Recital Hall

Conwell Dance Theater

Tomlinson Theater

Temple Performing Arts Center

Howard Gittis Student Center

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC

Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center

+other locations in Philadelphia area

BCM&D Records

BCM&D Records was founded by Dean Robert T. Stroker in 2009. He serves as president of and producer for the record label, which stands for "Boyer College of Music and Dance." Three recordings produced by BCM&D have received Grammy nominations in the "Best Instrumental Composition" category.[5]


• 2012 Grammy Nomination: Best Instrumental Composition: Music of Ansel Adams: America, Temple University Symphony Orchestra. Dave and Chris Brubeck, composers.

• 2012 Grammy Nomination: Best Instrumental Composition: Overture, Waltz and Rondo, Temple University Symphony Orchestra. Bill Cunliffe, composer.

• 2010 Grammy Nomination: Best Instrumental Composition: fourth stream...La Banda, Temple University Symphony Orchestra. Bill Cunliffe, composer.

Other BCM&D releases

Reflections on the Mississippi (2013) for tuba and orchestra, Michael Daugherty, composer. Carol Jantsch, tuba.

That Music Always Round Me, Temple Univ. Concert Choir, Vocal Jazz Collective and various artists (2014). Garry Dial & Dick Oatts, composers. Lyrics from the poems by Walt Whitman.

Waken the Dawn: African-American Words and Music, Temple University Concert Choir (2013).

Nostalgia in Corcovado, Temple University Symphony Orchestra (2013). Bill Cunliffe, arr.

Music from the Harpsichord Miscellany, Joyce Lindorff, harpsichord (2013). Various composers.

Cadence, Temple University Percussion Ensemble (2013). Russell Hartenberger, composer.

Mass, Temple University Percussion Ensemble (2013). John Mackey, composer.

To Thad, with Love, Temple University Jazz Band (2011). Various composers/arrangers.

Overture to Coriolanus Op. 62, Temple University Symphony Orchestra (2010) . Ludwig van Beethoven.

Waltzes from Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59, Temple University Symphony Orchestra (2010). Richard Strauss.

Temple University Symphony Orchestra Plays Mozart (2010). [5]

Temple Music Preparatory Division

The mission of Temple Music Prep is to provide high quality, non-credit music and dance instruction to children and adults. The Center for Gifted Young Musicians is designed specifically for the training of young instrumentalists (strings and harp) who demonstrate great potential for musical achievement. The Community Music Scholars Program, which includes the Philadelphia String Project at Temple University, provides opportunities for school-aged Philadelphia children.[6]

The Arts and Quality of Life Research Center

The Arts and Quality of Life Research Center promotes research, training, and innovative programs that demonstrate the unique role of the arts in making a difference in people’s lives. To this end, it focuses on exploring uses of various creative arts to enhance human functioning, developmentally, intellectually, psychologically, socially, physically, aesthetically and spiritually.

The Research Center encourages, supports and facilitates efforts that employ an ever-wider lens through which the power of the arts may be seen to enhance human well-being. Its research findings will effect policy changes on institutional, state and national levels so that funding for the arts may be routinely included in educational, social and healthcare programs. The Center strives to become an international model for arts and quality of life research, education and information.[7]

Notable faculty

Matthew Greenbaum

Dick Oatts

Lambert Orkis

Eduard Schmieder

Jeffrey Solow

Merián Soto

Terell Stafford

Kariamu Welsh

Notable music alumni

Marc-André Hamelin

Eric Owens

Notable dance alumni

"Silvana Cardell, founder of Cardell Dance Thater and Director of the Georgian Court University Dance Program.

Charles O. Anderson, founder of Dance Theater X Named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in January 2008[8]

Jane Bonbright, Founding Exec. Dir. National Dance Education Organization.

Lisa Bottitta-Busfield, Muhlenberg College Dance Center Educational Director and Administrative Manager.

Dr. Melinda Copel, Dir. Dance programs at Montgomery County Community College.

Eun Jung Choi, named in Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” January 2012.[9]

Joselli Audain Deans was a member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem before studying at Temple. During her eleven-year career she performed in the 1984 Olympics closing ceremonies and the Company’s 1985 Metropolitan Opera engagement. She earned her master's degree in Dance Education at Temple University and was awarded a Future Faculty Fellowship from Temple for doctoral studies in Dance, which she completed in August 2001. Her dissertation is entitled “Black Ballerinas Dancing on the Edge: An Analysis of the Cultural Politics in Delores Browne’s and Raven Wilkenson’s Careers, 1954-1985.” Dr. Deans has taught at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Charles Moore Center for Ethnic Studies, Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of New Orleans, New Freedom Theatre, Philadanco, Bryn Mawr College, Eastern University, and Temple University.

Ananya Chatterjea, winner of the 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship for Choreography, serves as Director of Dance and Professor of Dance in the Department of Theater Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Nicholeen DeGrasse-Johnson, PhD, Principal of Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.

Leslie Dworkin has been choreographing, teaching, and performing internationally for the past 15 years, including residencies at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Joyce SoHo, Movement Research in NYC, and Jacob’s Pillow.

James A. Frazier, Co-Dean at American Dance Festival, and tenured Professor and the Arts Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Faculty Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Amy L. Ginsburg, Associate Professor and Director of Dance at Dickinson and VP Policy and Procedures at the American College Dance Festival Association.

Nathaniel Beau Hancock, named the winner of the 2014-2015 Ellen Forman Memorial Award.[10]

Samantha Jakus, STREB company member also works as an independent choreographer.

Wanjiru Kamuyu, an original cast member in the Broadway musical The Lion King at Théâtre Mogador, Paris 2007; also founded a choreographic project based multi-media dance company, WKcollective.

Dr. Kathryn Kearns, Director of the National High School Dance Festival.

Howard Sid Lucas, Kennedy Center Arts Management Fellow, non-profit consultant, participated in the development of Beyond Chapter Five: A Comprehensive K-12 Curriculum for the Arts in Pennsylvania..[11]

Bianca Morgan, Director of Education and Outreach at North Carolina Dance Theater.[12]

Anne-Marie Mulgrew is the Founder/Artistic Director of ANNE-MARIE MULGREW AND DANCERS CO., an experimental modern dance company founded in 1986.

Ramaa Ramesh is a renowned Bharatanatyam dancer and the Director of “Nardhana Academy of Dance”, a dance school founded by her in 1992.

Magira Ross, Lecturer, African Dances & Cultures at Muhlenberg College.

Kent de Spain is a choreographer/multimedia artist and presently a Visiting Professor of Theatre and Dance at Luther College in Iowa.

George Staib, Staibdance, VP Member ship at American College Dance Festival Association.

Charles Tyson is artistic director and founder of Underground DanceWorks (UDW), an EclectiFunk-based dance company in Philadelphia. He is also the artistic director of the ETC. Performance Series at the Community Education Center (CEC) in West Philadelphia. Teresa VanDenend Sorge, Lecturer, Modern, Dance Education, and Dance & Society, and Education Training Mentor at Muhlenberg College Dance Center; Director, DanceMax Moving Company performance ensemble.

Raegan Wood, Director of the Taylor School.


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  9. "25 to Watch". Dance Magazine. Dance Media, LLC.
  10. "Nathaniel Beau Hancock Named the Winner of the 2014-2015 Ellen Forman Memorial Award".
  11. "Kennedy Center Arts Management Fellows".
  12. "North Carolina Dance Theatre Hires Bianca Morgan".

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