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Clarinetist JOHN C. LAUGHTON is the Dean of the School of the Arts and Communication at The College of New Jersey.  As a performer he has been broadcast nationally and internationally, and he has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in major concert halls throughout the United States, Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Brazil, New Zealand, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of China.  He is a two-time winner of a Fulbright Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Grant, a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Grant, and twice the recipient of grants from the United States Information Agency for his concert/teaching tours of Brazil.  He has served on the panel of judges for the Taneev International Chamber Music Festival in Russia and for The Fourth Georgian Competition of Musician-Performers in Tbilisi, Georgia.  He holds advanced degrees from The University of Iowa (DMA) and The Catholic University of America (MM) and has done post-graduate work at the University of Texas, Boston College, Harvard University, and the Banff Center in Canada.  As an arts administrator, Dr. Laughton has developed arts programs in the United States and Brazil, served as an advisor to the Institute for International Education, and has served as an officer on the boards of the Fulbright Association and the Fulbright Center in Washington, D.C.  He is the former Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where he also served as chair of the department of music.  He has directed and produced the Tidewater Music Festival, Chesapeake Summer Arts, and California Summer Arts and been on the faculty of  St. Mary’s College of Maryland and California State University, Monterey Bay.  His publications include articles on the works of Darius Milhaud, commentary on the lives of contemporary Chinese artists, and articles on cultural democracy, censorship, and the arts.

 

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