Another US music college quietly sacks professor for abuse

Another US music college quietly sacks professor for abuse


norman lebrecht

November 13, 2017

We have information that a well-known instrument professor was fired by the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music last October after allegations of misconduct with female students and applicants. One auditioner was aged 16 at the time.

The teacher was also suspended from a New York institution, while continuing to teach elsewhere.

We have withheld his name because no criminal charges were brought.

However, it seems that the Berkelee College’s practise of sacking predatory teachers without a stain on their record may be more prevalent in US conservatories than previously suspected.

Please do not name names in your comments. They will be deleted.

UPDATE: The professor is named.



  • Susan says:

    The conclusion that us music conservatories are any more predatorial than elsewhere is absurd.

  • Malcolm James says:

    Whilst abuse obviously cannot be condoned, you do have to hope that the professor here, and others like him, were afforded due process.

  • Robert Fitzpatrick says:

    To my knowledge, the “Cincinnati School of Music” is a community music school with three locations not related to any major collegiate conservatory, college, or university in Cincinnati. This does not diminish the seriousness of the allegations but is merely an attempt to set the record straight.

    • norman lebrecht says:

      Thank you for the clarification. The NY institute that released him is a fullblown conservatoire.

      • Anon says:

        As a long-time professional musician in Cincinnati, I am unaware of any institution named the “Cincinnati School of Music.” Is this actually the Cincinnat College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati?

  • Robert Holmén says:

    I presume the practice of dismissing someone “without a stain on their record” happens because the institutions have no immunity from being sued for libel or slander over an allegation that, while credible to us laymen, can’t be proven in court.

    Even a discreet whisper campaign could be tracked back to them.

    If there were a court conviction they could safely point to that but without it, what can they say that doesn’t put them in jeopardy of claims of defamatory accusations?