Karl Paulnack


Member, Commission on Accreditation
Elected November 2014; term ends November 2017

Karl Paulnack is Dean of the School of Music at Ithaca College. From 2002-2013, he served as Director of the Music Division of the Boston Conservatory. Previously, he co-chaired the Accompanying and Coaching department at the University of Minnesota, and served on the faculties of Ithaca College, University of Southern California, Tanglewood, Music Academy of the West, and Round Top. He has been featured as a performer on St. Paul Sunday, Morning Pro Music, Performance Today, and BBCtelevision.

As an advocate for music and the arts, Dean Paulnack is an active speaker and lecturer. His thoughts on music have been translated into six languages and appeared on well over 100,000 websites, in print publications such as the Christian Science Monitor, and in the program books of dozens of symphony orchestras.

Dean Paulnack holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music, and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Southern California, where his teachers included Gwendolyn Koldofsky and Brooks Smith. He is also a graduate of the Boston University Institute for Non-Profit Management and Leadership.

Dean Paulnack has served as a presenter at NASM Annual Meetings.
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Posted December 2014