Dean's Greetings - Summer 2018

Dean Betty Anne YounkerStrengthening Tradition - Igniting Innovation

On behalf of the Don Wright Faculty of Music, I send greetings to each of you. The stories I hear about your time at Western continues to affirm the strength of what we offer as reflected in the accomplishments of our alumni. The stories are diverse and rich across a variety of professions.

These are exciting times for the Faculty, ones that can motivate us to strengthen tradition and spark innovation in terms of programs, community development, and creative scholarly work.

Our commitment to educational experiences and community outreach is realized in the many events we host each year, as reflected in this alumni newsletter. Do note Homecoming Weekend, October 19-21, which will include the Grand Opening of the newly updated and constructed Music Building.

The feedback about our new building from our guests, faculty, staff and students continues to be most positive as each engages in performances, rehearsals, and classes. We now have 15 named spaces and look forward to increasing that number (view donor listing).  If you are interested in financially supporting the new Music Building, please visit Western's Music-specific "Ways to Give" page to learn more and donate. Think about how you can be part of this project, whether it is a one-time gift or a monthly contribution for a period of time.

This spring we experienced multiple educational opportunities, including serving as hosts for the Atlantic Music Festival. Our spring and summer educational experiences continue to be rich through the offerings of the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy, Kodaly Certification programs, workshops in Choral Conducting, Oboe Intensive and Summer Band Camp. We are hosting the Western 360 Chamber Music Festival in August, and hosted the Mid West Society for Music Theory conference in May, and the MayDay Music Education Conference and Symposium on Progressive Methods in Music Education in June.

Finally we will celebrate the work of each of the faculty members who begin the next chapter of their life–Gwen Beamish, Viki Meredith, and Bob Wood who retire this year. The lifelong contributions by each are extraordinary and for those we are forever thankful. Do join me in wishing each the best as they continue to contribute to the musical lives of those with whom they interact and engage.

Betty Anne (Younker)
Dean, Don Wright Faculty of Music
Professor of Music Education

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