Bill Cole Joins Faculty of The College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University

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Cole joins faculty of College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University

Bill Cole of New Rochelle, N.Y., has joined the faculty of Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences as professor in the Department of African American Studies. Cole, an ethnomusicologist, composer and performer, is co-founder and artistic director of Shadrack, Inc., an organization that presents works by artists of color. He is also founder of the improvisational group Untempered Ensemble.

Cole's musical interests include double reed instruments from around the world: the Chinese sona, the Korean hojok, the Indian nagaswarm and others. He has made numerous musical recordings and is the author of many articles and several books, including biographies on Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Cole is currently working on a textbook about the history of the oral tradition in jazz.

He received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and holds an honorary master's degree from Dartmouth College. Cole also holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University.

The College of Arts and Sciences, a liberal arts college at the heart of a national research university, is both the founding college and the largest college of Syracuse University. The college offers more than 40 majors from 22 academic departments in the traditional disciplines of the humanities, sciences and the social sciences. Students from throughout the University register for its liberal arts core courses, while Arts and Sciences students take advantage of programs in the professional schools and colleges at Syracuse.

Cole JPEG is available on request.

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