Edward Houghton, Dean of the Division of Arts from 1992 to 2007, has
been with UCSC since 1970.
In 1962 he graduated from Rutgers
University with high honors as a Henry Rutgers Scholar and Phi Beta
In 1971 he received a Ph.D. in Music at UC Berkeley where he
was awarded the first Eisner Prize "for creative achievement of the
From 1967 to 1970, he served as chairman of the Music Department at Rutgers
University in Camden, New Jersey.
He began his career at UCSC in 1970, serving as Professor of Music, as
Acting Dean of the Arts (1992-93), and as Dean (1993-2007).
He served twice as the chair of the Department
of Music, and was director of UC's Education Abroad Program in Padua,
Italy, from 1976 through 1978.
In 1987 he was asked to supervise the planning and construction of $32
million in new capital facilities for the arts (The Music Center, Media
Theater, Experimental Theater, Art Studios), completed in 1998.
Before becoming Dean, he regularly lectured on early music, taught counterpoint
and conducting, and directed the University Chorus and Chamber Singers.
The themes of his leadership have been the synergy of scholarship and
practice, the richness of cultural diversity, the incorporation of new
technology, and the planning and design of an outstanding center for the
In the master
plan for the arts area (drafted in 2003), a pedestrian core links the
existing facilities in art, theater arts, and music with a central plaza,
bordered by a University Art Museum, the Digital Media Center, and a
1500-seat campus auditorium. The plan emphasizes creative interaction among
master artists, emerging artists, students, and audiences.
A scholar and performer of Renaissance music, he is presently
collaborating with Prof. Herbert Kellman on A Critical Edition of the Chigi Codex
to be published in Monuments of Renaissance Music by the University of
Chicago Press, for which he has received two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Codex is an extraordinary manuscript and one of the most important
sources of fifteenth-century polyphony, now in the Vatican Library in Rome.
Current paper: Three Motets in the Chigi Codex (Med-Ren Conference, Utrecht,
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