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Debra Hess


Hess PicDebra Hess, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Debra Hess has been a member of the FGCU faculty since 2000. She currently serves as the Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. Previously she held positions at the University of Florida and Concordia University in Nebraska.

She holds both an MFA in Sacred Music and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction in the College Teaching of Music History and Literature from the University of Florida where she studied under David Z. Kushner. Her dissertation, The Pedagogical Works of Johann Christian Gottlieb Graupner, centered on musical life in the early 1800’s in Boston, Massachusetts. Her other research interests include the early development of musical institutions and sacred music in the United States in the nineteenth century. Besides her musicology interests, Hess is also an active organist. She has participated in numerous organ recitals through the years as well as serving as music director and organist for various congregations in Florida, Nebraska, Texas and Missouri.