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Dr. Ursula M. Kuhar is a professor in Arts Administration Program at Indiana University O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and is the founding director of the O’Neill in Israel study abroad program. Prior to her appointment at IU, she was executive director of Washington Concert Opera and Director and Assistant
Professor of Arts Management at Sweet Briar College. She has received numerous awards including the IU Trustees Teaching Award, O’Neill Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, and the Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning Active Learning Grant. Additionally, Kuhar regularly consults with arts organizations around the country focusing on strategic planning, artistic administration, and education and outreach.
An active music educator and mezzo-soprano, she has worked in the classroom as an educator and teaching artist with students of all ages, gives regular master classes and workshops, has performed professionally throughout the U.S., South America, and Europe, and is a Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Regional Finalist. She has presented frequently at conferences on topics including arts policy, fund development, arts entrepreneurship, curriculum design, and community engagement.
Kuhar holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in Arts Administration and a Master’s in Music Education from Butler University and a Doctor of Music in Voice from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Committed to service, Kuhar served as the inaugural co-chair of the Indiana Arts Homecoming in 2017, regularly participates as a grant panelist, and is an active member of Association of Arts Administration Educators, Opera America, and the National Guild for Community Art Education.
Favorite Art Form: Opera, Musical Theatre, Contemporary Art.
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