UM Arts College Dean to Rejoin UM Faculty

October 30, 2018

Stephen KalmMISSOULA – Stephen Kalm, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts since 2009, plans to rejoin the University of Montana teaching faculty full time at the end of this year.

“I’m really excited to have a studio again and also to perform more,” Kalm said. “I’m also one of the longest-serving deans on campus, so I felt now was my time.”

Provost Jon Harbor said an interim dean will be appointed before Kalm steps down.

Kalm, who holds a 2000 Doctorate in Musical Arts from the City University of New York,  joined the UM faculty in 1994 to lead the opera program. He also served as chair of the Department of Music from 2002 to 2008, when he was named interim dean. He became the permanent dean in 2009 after a national search.

Kalm’s professional journey has allowed him to perform around the world. He has sung with many of America’s leading regional opera companies, including the Houston Grand Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Lake George Opera Festival, Minnesota Opera, Connecticut Opera, Cincinnati Opera and The Pennsylvania Opera Theatre.

Internationally, Kalm received critical acclaim for his solo’s in Orff’s “Carmina Burana” with the Filarmonica de Bogota and for his role of Franco Hartmann in Meredith Monk’s “Atlas” in Berlin, Paris and London. He recorded that work for ECM, as well as Ben Johnston’s “Five Fragments” for New World Records and the premiere recording of Harry Partch’s “Seventeen Lyrics of Li Po” for Tzadik Records. He has produced other commercial recordings as well.

He earned a New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award for his performance of Monk’s opera, “The Politics of Quiet.” He also has been a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall, the Next Wave Festival at BAM, the Lincoln Center Festival, the Knitting Factory, The European Cultural Capital Festival in Copenhagen and others.

In the Pacific Northwest, he has performed with the Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Glacier, Helena and Missoula symphony orchestras, as well as the String Orchestra of the Rockies and the Missoula Children’s Theatre. He sang for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial celebration. In recent years, he sang in an acclaimed performance of “The Wayward” at Carnegie Hall.

“It has been rewarding to serve as dean of the CVPA during the past 10 and a half years, and I look upon this time as one of the most fulfilling experiences in my life,” Kalm said. “I leave this position at a time of growing enrollments throughout the college; outstanding research, performances and exhibitions by our faculty and students; and tremendous support for the arts throughout UM and the Missoula community.”


Contact: Paula Short, director of communications, UM Office of the President, 406-243-2311,