Music notes from the Interim Chair, Russell Miller

Change is inevitable. As many have noted, it appears that the only constant in this world is change.

Congratulations to Norah Duncan IV! Norah has stepped down as the Music Department Chair after serving two full terms as well as serving as Interim Chair and Associate Chair. His dedication to the department is unmatched and his service and leadership kept the department moving forward, especially during some recent unprecedented times. Norah will be taking a well-deserved administrative leave and plans on returning to regular faculty after his respite.

During the Music Department search for a new chair, I will be on board as Interim Chair. I'm delighted to take on the challenge and will work hard to ensure that the excellence in teaching we're accustomed to, the collegiality of our colleagues that we enjoy, and the smooth operation of the department we expect will continue. I truly appreciate the support of my colleagues and our students.

The department has approved a new 5-year strategic plan and as a result, faculty and staff are reinvigorated and we have planned many exciting events for the 23-24 academic year. In addition to our full calendar of student concerts, there are events tailored to the needs of high school and middle school students including Guitar Day, Brass Day, Saxophone Day, a vocal workshop, Honors Band, and faculty performances. 2023-2024 promises to be an active year in the Department of Music!