After a nationwide search, ODU appoints the first executive director of the F. Ludwig Diehn music school


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The Old Dominion University now has an Executive Director for its F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music.

Juilliard School graduate Emily Ondracek-Peterson will head ODU’s music department after nationwide research.

Ondracek-Peterson has an outstanding musical history, including undergraduate and graduate degrees from Juilliard, an MBA specializing in Business Strategy, Leadership and Entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado, and a Doctorate in Education from Teachers College at the University. Columbia.

She also brings extensive experience in several areas of the performing arts, including:

  • Appearing as a violin soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic
  • She received the ASCAP Award from Chamber Music America for Adventurous Programming in 2010 for her performance with the Voxare String Quartet
  • After serving as Co-Artistic and Festival Director of the Crested Butte Music Festival in Colorado, where she oversaw artistic planning and educational programs
  • Launch of an educational vlog “Noted Endeavors” with renowned flautist Eugenia Zukerman and Musical America
Emily Ondracek-Peterson, September 29, 2021 (Courtesy – ODU)

The position of Director General of ODU consists of leading the department in fundraising and development initiatives, branding and recruitment, as well as defending the school within the University and in the community.

The F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music offers five undergraduate majors, one minor in music and a master’s in music education.

While the F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music was only founded in 2019, the ODU Music Department has been an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Music Schools since 1978.

In an ODU statement, Ondracek-Peterson says his priorities prepare students for successful and lasting careers in music.

“I look forward to leading Diehn School as it grows into a regional and national musical leader. “

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