Carl Nosse, founding director of The Brubeck Institute (1999-2001), came to the University of the Pacific in the summer of 1980. He was Dean of the Conservatory of Music from 1980 through 1999. During his tenure the Conservatory augmented student enrollment, introduced new programs and degrees, developed significant scholarship endowments, completed the renovation and dedicated the Faye Spanos Concert Hall, administered the construction of new facilities including the Rehearsal Hall, Recital Hall, the Music A/V Library Suite, and the Buck Hall classroom and teaching studio building. He collaborated with alumni and Regents in founding the Festival of the Arts and the Pantheon of the Arts at Pacific.
In 1991 Dean Nosse was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Schools of Music, a position in which he served as Chairman of the Region One from 1992 to 1994. He was a visiting evaluator and consultant to 21 colleges and universities in the United States. He was also an Affiliate Board Member with the Music Study Abroad Program at Regents College in London, England.
His community activities in Stockton include memberships on the Board of Directors of the Stockton Opera Association, Haggin Museum Summer Arts Program, Friends of Chamber Music, and Commissioner with the Stockton Arts Commission.
Dr. Nosse earned a Doctor of Music Degree in Music Composition from Florida State University where he was a member of the faculty and Assistant Dean from 1973-1980. He is credited with more than 20 musical publications and commissions including grants from the National Foundation for the Arts as well as National Public Television for educational documentary film scores.
He enjoys a long time admiration, professional respect and personal affection for Dave and Iola Brubeck. He was motivated by an intense interest to bring the Brubeck archival materials “back to Pacific where it all began” as Dave comments. The next step was a natural progression: develop an institute to access the archival materials in order to build upon the Brubeck legacy in creating and advancing opportunities for musical performance, scholarly research and educational outreach programs. Dr. Nosse asks the question, “Can you imagine the thrill of being a participant in bringing this lofty ideal to reality and practice? --- extremely gratifying!”