The American pianist and music pedagogue, Donald Roy Boomgaarden, obtaine his Bachelor of Music degree from Texas State University and his Master of Music and PhD degrees from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. He also studied as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Vienna, Austria. He is also a graduate of Harvard University’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education.
Donald Boomgaarden served as a faculty member, department chair, and assistant vice president at a number of institutions, including Ithaca College, the University of Salzburg, Loyola University of Maryland and St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He currently serves as dean of the College of Music and Fine Arts at Loyola University New Orleans, a position he has held since 2009. He is responsible for managing all aspects of the college, which enrolls 800 students in 12 undergraduate and three graduate degree programs, and offers numerous undergraduate minors. The Board of Trustees unanimously endorsed his selection, which followed an extensive national search.
The University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, announced in May 2014 the appointment of Donald Boomgaarden as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs effective July 1, 2014. As the chief academic officer, the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs currently oversees the University’s three undergraduate colleges, College of Graduate and Continuing Education, and Weinberg Memorial Library as well as the divisions of Student Affairs and University Mission & Ministry. Other departments that report to the provost include the Registrar’s Office, International Programs and Services, and Performance Music.
Donald Boomgaarden is a noted historian of 18th-century opera, music aesthetics and harmonic theory. His writings include a book, Musical Thought in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Germany, and articles in The New Grove Dictionary, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and the British Dictionary of National Biography. His articles and reviews have also been published in many scholarly journals including the Journal of Musicological Research, Journal of Music Theory, Ad Parnassum, and the Journal of Education and Learning.
Donald Boomgaarden has been active in New Orleans as a member of the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Opera and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also a member of the New Orleans Historical Society, Louis Armstrong Foundation and Louisiana Basset Hound Rescue. He continues to perform regularly as a concert pianist and also as a country fiddler.
Donald Boomgaarden and his wife, Paula, have two daughters and three grandchildren.