Antonius Bittmann serves as Strategic Consultant to Hunterdon Academy of the Arts. His extensive professional expertise in higher education and his performing arts background offer a unique perspective that has inspired many of HAA's strategic initiatives. A tenured professor at Rutgers University, Dr. Bittmann has held several different administrative appointments over the years, including Chair of the Music Department (2005-2011) and Associate Dean of the Mason Gross School of the Arts (2011-2013). He now serves Rutgers in a university-wide capacity: as Associate Vice President of Online Programs, he oversees the Center for Online and Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies, and Informational Technology at Continuing Studies. Moreover, he coordinates a special university initiative to enable growth of fully online degree programs across all four Rutgers campus locations.
A professional musician by training, Dr. Bittmann earned two doctorates from the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY)--a Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance, and a Ph.D. in Musicology--after completing his undergraduate training at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany. As a prize-winning organist, he has performed nationally and internationally and published several CD's. His scholarly activities include presentations at national and international conferences; a book publication on the German composer Max Reger; and many articles published in leading academic journals.
In addition to his teaching and administrative appointments at Rutgers, Dr. Bittmann has been actively involved with the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). This highly respected organization defines accreditation guidelines and standards for participating institutions offering training in music. While conducting institutional accreditation reviews at numerous colleges and universities across the United States, Dr. Bittmann gained deep insights into maintaining and developing successful arts education programs.