An Evening with Jason Geary
Join the Rutgers Club of San Diego, on Tuesday, September 21, at 5:30 p.m. PT (8:30 p.m. ET) for a virtual event with Jason Geary, Distinguished Professor of music and dean of Mason Gross School of the Arts. The dean will discuss the triumphs and challenges of the past year and will look ahead to the school’s goals for amplifying its talented students and alumni this year and beyond.
The event will also feature a live performance by acclaimed pianist and current MGSA doctoral candidate Margarita Rovenskaya and a pre-recorded performance by students in the dance program. The event will conclude with a Q&A with Dean Geary and Rovenskaya.
Jason Geary is a Distinguished Professor of music and dean of Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He previously was director of the University of Maryland School of Music and associate dean for graduate studies, equity, and inclusion at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. He has led initiatives fostering community engagement, student entrepreneurship, interdisciplinary collaboration, and greater inclusivity in the arts. He sits on the board of the Alliance for the Arts at Research Universities and the American Musicological Society. He has lectured and published widely on German music and culture and has received several prestigious fellowships in support of his work, including a Fulbright Grant and membership at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of music and a doctorate in musicology from Yale University.
Pianist Margarita Rovenskaya has performed extensively in the United States and abroad, with recitals in Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall. The winner of several international competitions, she has also performed and studied at the Tel Hai Masterclasses in Israel, the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival in Germany, and the International Academy of Music at Castelnuovo di Garfagnana in Italy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a master’s degree in piano studies from New York University, and she is earning her doctorate of musical arts at Mason Gross.