Department of Music
Chairperson, Professor of Music
Piano, Music History and Music Appreciation
phone: (406) 657-2042
office: Cisel Hall 222
Dorothea Cromley is a Professor of Music and chair of the Department of Music at Montana State University Billings. Professor Cromley earned her Bachelor of Music degree at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After winning a national competition which awarded two years of study abroad, she studied at the Cherubini Conservatory in Florence, Italy, and received her Master of Music degree from the Cherubini Conservatory through Rosary University. She studied under Luigi Dallapiccola, Roberto Lupi and Nadia Boulanger. While studying in Italy, she also appeared as a soloist and guest performer with a number of orchestras.
Besides appearing frequently as a performer, clinician, and adjudicator, she has enjoyed a great deal of success with her teaching. Her students have won local, regional and national competitions, honors, and awards. Her teaching has earned her the Outstanding Faculty and the Excellence in Teaching Awards from the University. Professor Cromley was also chosen as the first Montana State University Billings faculty member to be a Distinguished Lecturer. Her lecture-demonstration, examining the development of the piano sonata through the works of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, combined her love of history and performance.
Most recently she was recognized by the Billings Symphony Orchestra with the Excellence in Music Education Award. In addition to her teaching, performing, and related activities, Cromley has published articles discussing the role of women in music and presented workshops and clinics on women performers and composers.
Professor Cromley has served the Music Teachers National Association in many capacities. She has been President of the Montana State Music Teachers Association, Divisional President of the Northwest Division of Music Teachers National Association and served for two years on the National Board of Directors of MTNA. In addition to her administrative responsibilities she has presented workshops at MTNA's State and National Conventions. Cromley is a frequent recitalist in Billings and throughout the state of Montana.
Additional recent accomplishments include the acceptance of her students into both the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition and the Van Cliburn International Institute.