Provost's Bio

Dr. Iris S. Levine is the Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. Dr. Levine previously served as Dean of the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, Interim Dean of the College of Education and Integrative Studies, Music Department Chair and Professor of Music. She earned her Doctorate in Choral Music from the University of Southern California under the tutelage of Rodney Eichenberger, and she holds a Masters degree in Choral Conducting from Temple University. She is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the International Federation of Choral Music, and Chorus America.

At Cal Poly Pomona, Dr. Levine prides herself in having led one of the largest and most diverse colleges in the institution.  The college is comprised of 11 academic departments serving 6,000 students who choose to major in one of 22 degree programs. A champion for innovation, Dr. Levine has served on the steering committee for the institution’s regional accreditation, has served on numerous university committees in support of strategic and academic planning, and co-chaired a committee in support of the lifecycle of the professoriate. Dr. Levine is regarded as a leader who cares deeply about faculty and students.

Dr. Levine’s research and creative interests are in the area of women’s choruses.  She is founder and artistic director of VOX Femina Los Angeles, Los Angeles’s premiere women’s chorus who have performed over 300 concerts throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada.  Dr. Levine is highly recognized for innovative concert programming and her extensive knowledge and breadth of women’s choral literature makes her sought-after as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician.

Dr. Levine authored the chapter on “Working with the Women’s Community Choir” in the 2012 GIA publication: Conducting Women’s Choirs: Strategies for Success. Dr. Levine, known for her leadership skills, has served in numerous posts with the American Choral Directors Association, including serving as the National Chair for Women’s Choruses. Dr. Levine has a passion for commissioning, promoting, and performing music by women composers. She offers workshops, lectures, and demonstrations on the music of women composers and she is the editor for the Iris S. Levine Treble Choral Series with Pavane Publishing. 

Iris resides in Los Angeles, California, with her wife Lesili, who is also a successful musician and arts advocate. They are extremely active in the Southern California arts community.