Dr. Martin Camacho 

Interim Provost / Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor
Office:  Fain Fine Arts 128B
Office Phone: (940) 397-4243
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In addition to serving on the faculty of the department of music, Martin Camacho is the Interim Provost at Midwestern State University, previously Dean of the Fain College of Fine Arts. Dr. Camacho was born in Mexico City and began his piano studies in that city at Escuela Superior de Música. He continued his studies at Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree Summa Cum Laude in 1993. He received a Master of Music degree in 1997 and a Professional Studies diploma in 1999 from the Cleveland Institute of Music under the guidance of pianist Sergei Babayan. Dr. Camacho completed his doctoral studies in 2006 at the University of Miami and earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration at Barry University.

Dr. Camacho has won eighteen competitions in Mexico, Cuba, and the United States. He has appeared as soloist with several orchestras in the United States, Cuba, and Mexico and has performed extensively as a recitalist in the United States, Canada, Venezuela, Cuba, Japan, Norway, Italy, Croatia, Serbia, and Mexico. He has toured as soloist with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, performing in more than fifteen cities in the United States and Canada. Dr. Camacho is very active in chamber and collaborative music with singers and other instrumentalists. In 2009 he made his Carnegie Hall Debut Recital to great acclaim before a sold-out hall.

Appearances in 2016 and 2017 included several recitals in the United States, Mexico, Croatia, and Cuba in concert halls ranging from Harvard University to Sala Dolores in Cuba and including performances of Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 1 and Grieg’s A-minor Piano Concerto with Oriente Symphony Orchestra and Tchaikovsky’s B-flat Piano Concerto with Holguin Symphony in Cuba. In 2018, he performed with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra and Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto with the Oriente Symphony Orchestra. His recent release of Armengol, a CD with the 22 Cuban Dances of Mario Ruiz Armengol under Urtext Digital Classics label, has been received to great acclaim.

Camacho’s expertise in Mexican and Latin American music has led to several presentations in national and international conferences of lectures and recitals of topics related to Mexican music. He has been the recipient of Mexico’s National Endowment for the Arts (FONCA) prestigious grant for his dissemination of Mexican music. Before his appointment as a Dean of the Fain College of Fine Arts, he was Chair of the Department of Music at Alabama State University, served as a full-time music faculty and Assistant Chair at Barry University Fine Arts Department in Miami Shores, FL, and as Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the Community College of Rhode Island.

Camacho’s leadership at Midwestern State University has allowed for the successful approval and construction of a state-of-the-art mass communication building, significant facility renovations for music, art, and theatre. He has positioned the arts as one of the main centers for fundraising efforts at the university. Under his leadership, the visibility and presence of the college in the community has grown. Social issues, promotion of diversity awareness, and interdisciplinary projects are at the center of his attention.