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Stephen Eaves

dr. stephen eaves, dean of the college of visual and performing artsDr. Stephen Eaves serves as Dean and Professor of Music for Belmont University’s renowned College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA).  Dean Eaves brings to his position more than 25 years of arts leadership, teaching, and performing. As a leader in the arts he has worked in planning, renovating and building arts facilities; cultivating partnerships in the community; securing financial support outside the university; developing engaging curriculum, and cultivating relevant, entrepreneurial career paths for student artists and performers.  He is actively engaged in the arts community as an advocate and board member.  Dean Eaves has been recognized for outstanding teaching at three universities and influenced the path of numerous successful students. As a conductor and performer, his choral ensembles have been invited to perform in prestigious national and international venues including Speyer Cathedral (Germany), St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Austria), Coventry Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, the Clare College Chapel (Great Britain) and Carnegie Hall (NY).  Dr. Eaves has prepared choirs and conducted collaborative performances with professional orchestras in Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, New York and Arkansas.

Dr. Eaves earned degrees in music education and conducting from Union University, the University of Mississippi and the University of South Carolina. He is an active member of several professional organizations including the International Council of Fine Arts Deans, National Association of Schools of Music, the College Music Society, National Association of Music Education and the American Choral Directors Association. Prior to his service at Belmont University, he served as the Fine Arts Division Chair at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas and held positions as faculty and department administrator for universities in Texas and Arkansas.

Dean Eaves looks forward to his work to lead and serve more than 160 faculty and staff and 900 students in College of Visual and Performing Arts’ art, music, theatre and dance programs.