Meet the Dean
Dr. Martin Camacho
Martin Camacho, D.M.A., M.B.A, is the Dean of the Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts at Texas Tech University. Before his appointment at Texas Tech, Dr. Camacho served for eight years as the Dean of the Fain College of Fine Arts at Midwestern State University and as interim Provost 2021-2022. Other leadership appointments include assistant chair in the Department of Fine Arts at Barry University, Chair of Music at Alabama State University, and Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the Community College of Rhode Island. His administrative experience includes a special focus on student retention; enhancement, expansion, and renovation of facilities; community collaborations and partnerships; innovative curricula offerings; expansion of fundraising efforts; and a deep commitment to the promotion of diversity, equity, and social issues as well as global experiences for students and faculty. He is an active promoter of the arts, and his leadership includes serving in national organizations such as the International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD) where he is a board member and is currently spearheading the 2023 ICFAD International Symposium that will take place in Mexico.
Dr. Camacho has won eighteen national and local piano competitions in Mexico, Cuba, and the United States. He has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in the United States and Mexico, including the Mexico State Orchestra and Bellas Artes Chamber Orchestra and has performed as a recitalist in the United States, Venezuela, Cuba, Japan, Norway, Italy, Serbia, and Mexico. Also, he has toured as a soloist with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra performing in more than fifteen cities in the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Camacho is active in chamber and collaborative music with singers and other instrumentalists. In 2009, he made his Carnegie Hall debut to great acclaim before a sold-out hall. He maintains an active performing career that includes several future engagements as a soloist with orchestras. These include upcoming performances with the Oriente Symphony Orchestra in Cuba, performing Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto; with the Camaguey Symphony Orchestra, performing Rachmaninov's Paganini Variations for piano and orchestra; and the première of Piano Concerto, Cuba, a work dedicated to him by Canadian composer Anne Lauber. Dr. Camacho records for the Urtext Digital Classics label. His two recent CD releases, A Mexican in New York with works for flute and piano by Samuel Zyman, and Armengol, a disc with the twenty-two Cuban dances by Mario Ruiz Armengol have received great acclaim.