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Dr. John Graulty
Dean - Visual, Applied, and Performing Arts

Dr. John Graulty
John Graulty, Dean of VAPA

Ed. D. - Columbia University Teachers College; M. Mus. - New England Conservatory; B. Mus. - Peabody Conservatory
With Cabrillo College since 2011

John Graulty, Dean of Visual, Applied, and Performing Arts at Cabrillo College, is passionate about the key role the arts play in improving the human condition and stimulating creative and critical thought. Because the arts are essential to unlocking the full creative potential in every human being, and because this unleashed potential allows individuals to accomplish extraordinary things that improve their own lives and the lives of others, he is also passionate about ensuring equal access to arts education for all K-12 students. To this end, and as part of his service on the Board of the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County, John is an active member of the Santa Cruz County Alliance for Arts Education, which advocates strongly for arts education for all, especially underrepresented and underserved segments of our diverse and wonderful Santa Cruz County community. With expertise on topics including arts entrepreneurship, advocacy and engagement, interdisciplinary collaboration, and strategic planning, John has hosted seminars on these topics and been invited to present on these issues at national conferences. He is a strong advocate for training arts students to take an entrepreneurial approach to identifying and pursuing unique, self-directed, innovative, and highly impactful career pathways. With funding support from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Economic Workforce Development initiative, he has spearheaded the development of both an an arts entrepreneurship course and 3-course skills certificate for students in all visual, applied, and performing arts disciplines at Cabrillo called CREATIVE CAREERS - DISCOVERING SELF-DIRECTED PATHWAYS. He has also been instrumental in the development of a new FabLab in the Art Department at Cabrillo College, using a mix of donated and grant funded equipment to provide STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) students with new creative design and making opportunities using 3-D printers, a laser cutter, 3-D scanners, and a CNC router.

John holds the Ed. D. from Columbia University Teachers College, a Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory, and the Bachelor of Music Degree from Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. As a former US Air Force conductor who has worked in mediums ranging from jazz to opera, John has conducted former President Bill Clinton, and has conducted at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Royal Albert Hall in London, and the Red Army Theater in Moscow. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History and the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County, where he works on the Steering Committee for the Santa Cruz County Alliance for Arts Education. Past academic and leadership appointments include Associate Conductor and Deputy Commander of the USAF Academy Band and the Band of the United States Air Forces in Europe, Commander/Conductor of the Illinois Air National Guard Band, Dean of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Merced College (CA), Music Department Chair at Delaware State University and Goshen College (IN), and faculty posts at Butler University and the University of Indianapolis.

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John Graulty conducting Antonin Dvorak's Slavonic Dance #8 (4:45):

John Graulty, clarinetist, performing:

"Wee-Z" for Solo Clarinet (1:06) by Kalmen Opperman:

Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 114 Johannes Brahms - Adagio (7:11):

Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 114 Johannes Brahms - Andantino Grazioso (3:52):

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