Texas Tech University

Andrew Stetson Appointed Director of the School of Music

Rachel Kiwior

April 14, 2023

Dr. Andrew Stetson

Stetson will transition from Interim Director to Director of the School

Texas Tech University's Andrew Stetson, an associate professor at the School of Music in the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts, was recently appointed the director of the School of Music after serving as the interim director for the 2022-23 academic year. He will begin his new role on Sept. 1. 

“It has been an honor to serve as Interim Director of the School of Music this past academic year, and I am excited to continue in the role in an ongoing way,” Stetson said. “Having been a part of this incredible community since 2013, I am deeply committed to serving our talented and dedicated students as well as our world-class faculty and staff.” 

Martin Camacho, dean of the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts, believes he is well suited for the position. 

“I am very pleased announcing the appointment of Dr. Stetson for the School of Music,” Camacho said. “He brings almost a decade of experience with the institution and passion and love for the programs and students. I would like to thank the search committee as well as the faculty, students, staff, and community for their engaged participation in the process. Their feedback and recommendations were fundamental in this process.” 

Stetson, who has been serving within the school's administration since 2019, is looking forward to the school's future. 

“As we celebrate Texas Tech's centennial, I am inspired to work with everyone in the School of Music as we continue our tradition of excellence and bring additional distinction to our institution,” he said. 

In addition to his role as an administrator, Stetson maintains a career as a versatile performer, clinician, educator, and scholar. He serves as principal trumpet of the Steamboat Springs Symphony Orchestra and has performed with numerous orchestras across the United States and internationally. His debut solo album, "Rise Above," prominently featured Texas Tech and received critical acclaim, leading to his awarding of the 2022 Chancellor's Council Distinguished Research Award, the highest honor the Texas Tech system awards to its faculty.  

As an educator, Stetson has received multiple accolades, including the Hemphill-Wells New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, and his students have achieved numerous competition appearances and job placements. He earned a bachelor's degree in music from the New England Conservatory of Music, a master's degree in music from the University of Massachusetts, and a doctoral degree in musical arts from Boston University.