Daniel Sher is a distinguished leader in higher education and in the arts. He served as Dean of the School of Music at LSU for nine years, followed by twenty years as Dean of the College of Music at the University of Colorado Boulder. During his tenure at CU, the College established the Entrepreneurship Center for Music, among the first of its kind. Under his leadership, endowments supporting the College grew five-fold.
Daniel served for four years as President of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the designated organization for accreditation in the U.S., serving over 650 accredited music programs in higher education. He has also served as President of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national honor society for music. He is the recipient of the prestigious Stearns Award for Distinguished Service at CU and was in the first group of inductees into the LSU Hall of Distinction.
Daniel has spoken to arts leadership groups, serves as a consultant to higher education programs, and continues to serve as an evaluator as part of NASM’s accreditation process. He earned his degrees at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he was awarded the Hurlburt Prize for gifted performance, the Juilliard School, and Columbia University. He began his career on the piano faculty at Louisiana State University, where his students were the recipients of various competition prizes and awards. During this time he appeared frequently as a chamber musician and collaborative pianist throughout the U.S., Central and South America, and in Europe.