René E. Machado
Associate Dean for Administration, Finance and Planning
René Machado formerly served at Indiana University as assistant dean for administration at the Jacobs School of Music and assistant dean for development at the Research and University Graduate School. He was earlier affiliated with New York University, first as associate director of sponsored research in the School of Education, where he worked with faculty to develop research across a broad range of disciplines, and then in the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions as administrative director and associate director of vocal studies. He is also a countertenor, specializing in vocal repertoire from the baroque to early 19th century Italian opera. Machado has performed as a soloist and member of New York City-based music ensembles, including Musica Sacra, Musica Aeterna, Camerata Singers, Bach Aria Group, New York Choral Artists, Sine Nomine Singers, Pomerium Ensemble, and Bel Canto Opera. He received his master of music degree from Florida State University.
Linda A. Jacobs
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Linda Jacobs previously served as director of student affairs and lecturer in music theory at the Bienen School of Music. She is former adjunct faculty at Trinity International University (IL) and the University of Nebraska Division of Continuing Studies. She co-authored a series of continuing education texts on piano performance and music theory, the second volume of which received the 1995 Distinguished Course Award from the National University Continuing Education Association. She has given presentations in music theory at the College Music Society regional and national conferences and the South Central Society for Music Theory annual conference. Her dissertation was titled Tonality and the Music of Steve Reich. Linda received her PhD from Northwestern University.
Assistant Dean for Admission, Financial Aid and Graduate Services
Ryan O’Mealey holds a Bachelor of Music in music education from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Music in voice and opera performance from Northwestern University. He has presented topics on music admission, financial literacy for musicians, and career services to conferences such as the Classical Singer Convention and the Arts Schools Network, and has been featured in DownBeat magazine. Each year, he hosts the Chicago Northshore College Fair for aspiring musicians and regularly speaks to youth ensembles throughout the country. As a performer, he has appeared with Chicago-area organizations such as Music of the Baroque, Bella Voce and the Grant Park Music Festival, and as a featured soloist with the North Shore Choral Society and the Callipygian Players.
Director of Concert Management
Jerry Tietz previously served as general manager for Chicago Opera Theater. He began his career in arts administration in 2005 at Glimmerglass Opera Festival in upstate New York. After two seasons at Glimmerglass, he moved to Manhattan where he spent four years as an artist manager at the arts management firm Barrett Vantage Artists. After returning to his hometown of Chicago in 2010 to work as director of artistic operations for Chicago Opera Theater, Mr. Tietz was appointed general manager of Chicago Opera Theater in 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.