Edward Schaefer has served the College of Fine Arts at UF as Associate Dean for Academic and Student Services since 2007. He oversees all undergraduate and graduate curricular matters for the college’s three schools, three centers and one institute, as well as student advising and all other student services. He also directs the college’s work with the affiliate New World School for the Arts in Miami.
Prior to coming to UF, Dr. Schaefer chaired the department of music at Gonzaga University for 12 years, and he directed a choral program at Gonzaga that distinguished itself with invitations to perform at state, regional and national conventions of music educator and choral director associations – two to perform at the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association.
Schaefer holds a certificate in advanced leadership studies from Gonzaga University, the DMA in liturgical music from The Catholic University of America, and MM, MSM, and BM degrees from Southern Methodist University.
Dr. Schaefer’s research is focused on Gregorian chant and the music of the Roman Catholic Mass. His research has led him to studies with various chant scholars in the United States and France and a seven-month sabbatical in 2001 as a member of Le Choeur Grégorien de Paris and a student at Le Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, Paris. He has also published several works related to chant and the Liturgy, including Missa Cantata (Priory Press, 2001), Singing the Prayers and Readings at Mass (Priory Press, 2003), Evangélia Cantata (Priory Press, 2008), The Gregorian Modes (translation) (Solesmes 2002), Gregorian Chant (translation) (Solesmes 2003), The Catholic Church Music Through the Ages: Balancing the Needs of a Worshiping People (Hillenbrand Books, 2008), “The Expressive and Formative Roles of Music: A Search for Balance in Liturgical Reform,” Antiphon 7:2 (2002), 21-36 and two recordings of chants for the Mass released in 2003 and 2005. In October of 2005 he spoke to the annual convention of the Catholic Medical Association on the topic of music and spiritual formation.
Dr. Schaefer is a deacon in the Catholic Church, and he continues to direct a small schola that sings chant and polyphony.