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After an extensive national search, Western Connecticut State University named Dr. Dan Goble, of Danbury, dean of its School of Visual and Performing Arts (SVPA). Goble has served as chair of the WCSU department of music since 2005, as associate chair of the department from 1998 to 2004, and as director of the university’s Jazz Studies program from 1994 to 2005.

“I am honored and excited to have been chosen the next dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts at WCSU,” Goble said. “My primary goal as the dean will be to execute the collective vision of the students, faculty, staff and alumni of the School of Visual and Performing Arts, which since the establishment of the school in 2006 has been to be a place where students throughout the region, and especially residents of Connecticut, can receive an outstanding education in the arts without being encumbered by the high costs associated with a conservatory. Our faculty members in the departments of art, music and theater put students first, providing them with an education in the arts that is second to none in the area. The opening of our new state-of-the-art facility in 2014 will further establish WCSU as the university of choice in the arts and arts education. I look forward to leading the School of Visual and Performing Arts at this exciting time.”

Goble, a highly respected saxophone player, mastered his craft with lessons from Roger Greenberg, Thomas Kinser, Harvey Pittel and Albert Regni. He obtained a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Northern Colorado and a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. Goble has performed with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the New York City Opera Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, the New York Saxophone Quartet, the Harvey Pittel Saxophone Quartet, the New Haven Symphony and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. He has numerous publications and recordings.

In addition to being an outstanding role model for aspiring musicians, Goble has significant administrative abilities, including the development and management of the department of music budget, curriculum and staff; participation in the department’s accreditation and reaccreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music; and enrollment management activities for the department.

Goble succeeds Dr. Carol Hawkes as SVPA dean. Hawkes has served in that role since the creation of the school in 2006.

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Dr. Dan Goble, dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts