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Chancellor Emeritus and Professor; Acting Director, Institute for the Arts and Humanities

UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor James Moeser. In background is the Old Well.James Moeser is Chancellor Emeritus, Professor of Music, and Senior Consultant for Special Initiatives at the UNC Institute for Arts and Humanities. For the 2016-17 year, he will also be Acting Director for the Institute for the Arts and Humanities.

Moeser received his undergraduate degree in organ performance at the University of Texas, where he was student of  E William Doty.  As a Fulbright scholar, he studied in Berlin with Michael Schneider and in Paris with Marcel Dupre.  He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan, where he was a student of Marilyn Mason.

At the age of twenty-seven, he was appointed to the faculty of the University of Kansas as the chair of the Department of Organ. In addition, he served as organist-choirmaster of Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence.  Over the next twenty years, he built a reputation as one of the nation’s leading recitalists, church musicians, and teachers.  As a concert artist, he was represented by the Lilian Murtagh (later Karen McFarlane) Concert Management, the nation’s leading presenter of organ recitalists.  He concertized widely in the U. S. and Europe.  In 1975, he became the dean of the KU School of Fine Arts, beginning a career that gradually led him into administration.   In 1984, he was named to the Carl and Ruth Althaus Distinguished Professorship in Organ, the first academic dean at KU ever awarded an endowed faculty position.

Moeser left Kansas in 1986 to become the dean of the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State University.  During this time, he also served as president of the American Guild of Organists.

In 1992, he resigned from the concert management, playing his last recital in 1992, and became the provost of the University of South Carolina.  He was appointed chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1996.  He was UNC Chancellor from 2000-2008.

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