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Eileen Strempel

Central New York-Puerto Rico AGEP
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY


Dr. Eileen Strempel is Associate Dean of the Graduate School at Syracuse University. A Presidential Scholar, she is the Director of the Center for Graduate Preparation and Achievement (CGPA), the academic home of the NSF-funded Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP); Upstate Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (U-LSAMP); the Department of Education supported Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program and the New York State Education Department’s Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (C-STEP). As Director of CGPA, Strempel is charged with (1) enhancing programmatic capacity to nurture the academic achievement of students, particularly those from underrepresented of disadvantaged populations, through concerted efforts to secure new external support for these critically important endeavors; (2) eliminating barriers to collaborations across programs and initiatives; and (3) facilitating synergies, responsibly managing and leveraging resources among programs. Her additional duties include expanding the recruitment, enrollment, retention, and graduation of undergraduate and graduate students, with particular emphasis on populations of color in the STEM disciplines. Her research interests focus primarily on the music of women composers, song literature, and issues of performance practice. Strempel joined the Syracuse University family in 1998, just after completing her Doctor of Music from Indiana University. Her dissertation, "The Gendered Salon in Late Nineteenth-Century Paris: The Works of Marie Grandval," was conceived in conjunction with the compact disc that combined her research and performance interests, With All My Soul, on the Orchard label. Her international competition awards include: first prize of the Loren Zachary Competition, both Sullivan Awards, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, the Liederkranz and the Enrico Caruso Vocal Competitions. Strempel debuted with the New York Philharmonic on their Chamber Music Series, with the Bolshoi Opera as Violetta in La traviata, as well as in Avery Fisher Hall as the soprano soloist in Bach’s B minor Mass. Recent recital appearances included debuts at Milan's Casa Giuseppe Verdi, Chicago's Dame Myra Hess Series, Chautauqua Institute, Great Music at Saint Bartholomew’s (Manhattan) and the Skaneateles Festival. The singer/scholar Strempel is a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and her additional recordings include love lies bleeding: Songs of Libby Larsen (prepared with the composer) with Centaur Records; Voices of Innocence (Centaur); the recently released companion CDs to the Historical Anthology of Music by Women (Indiana University Press) as well as on Creation’s Voice (Albany Records) and Voices of Innocence (Centaur). Strempel is a noted scholar of song literature, and her articles and reviews can regularly be found in The Classical Singer; Reader's Guide to Music: History, Criticism, and Theory; Journal of Singing; Chronicle of Higher Education; Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture; and in American Music Teacher. Strempel is currently preparing a disc of songs of settings of Margaret Atwood poems, composed expressly for her by some of the top female composers of our time, including Libby Larsen, Lori Laitman, Amanda Harberg, Elisenda Fábregas, Tania León, and Judith Cloud slated for release in 2008. The Syracuse Campus-Community Entrepreneurship Initiative (Enitiative), funded by a grant from the Kauffman Campuses Initiative, has recently named Strempel an Enitiative eProfessor for 2007-2009

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