Dr. Giulio M. Ongaro is Dean of the College of Performing Arts at Chapman University. A native of Venice, Italy, Dr. Ongaro holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a dissertation on the singing chapel of St. Mark’s Basilica (Venice) in the sixteenth century. Dr. Ongaro is an active intellectual whose research is centered on questions of the mutual influence of society and the arts, the social and political context for the production and performance of music, the business of music, music printing, musical instruments in the sixteenth century, and the relationship of words and music. His research has been published in scholarly journals in the United States and in Europe, and he is the author and co-author of nine articles in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, the standard reference work in music.
Prior to joining Chapman he worked for the University of the Pacific where he served as Professor of Music and Dean of the Conservatory of Music for five years. He has also taught music history and musicology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Delaware, and for 18 years he was at the University of Southern California, where he also served as Chair of the Department of Musicology and later as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at the Thornton School of Music.