I am delighted to welcome you to our latest Department of Music newsletter. I am sure you will read with delight all the positive activities going on within our programs. I continue to be amazed by what out students accomplish, and by the dedication and excellence our faculty and staff constantly display.
This is a great time to introduce you to two of our newest members to the department. First, I would like to welcome Steve Cole as our new faculty member who is leading our Music Business program. In his short time, he has already raised the visibility of this program on and off campus, and our students are surely enjoying the vigor and enthusiasm he brings. I would also like to take this moment to welcome the Parker Quartet, our Artists in Residence. This amazing Grammy Award-winning string quartet has been on campus for a couple of months now and have already given a series of performances, lectures and workshops for our students and university community. They are a great addition to our already thriving programs and clearly enhance our reputation as a serious place to study music.
In addition to celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ever-popular UST Christmas Concert, students and faculty are giving multiple performances throughout the year both on and off campus. As part of the closing celebrations for the university's successful capital campaign, music was a highlight of the gala events. Some of the department’s ensembles, students and faculty represented our programs very well and continue to receive notes of congratulations. Among our concert highlights, Max Weinberg, legendary E Street Band drummer and former “Late Night” band leader, performed with the University of St. Thomas Instrumental Jazz Ensemble.
Speaking of the capital campaign and success, I am thrilled to relay that the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Terry Langan, announced that $10 million has been raised for a new Center for the Performing and Visual Arts. While this amount is just a start to what is needed to build the center, it is a great start nonetheless. There is clearly an arts movement afoot at UST!
Please continue to check in with our website (www.stthomas.edu/music) to keep up with all that is going on in the Department of Music. There is always something exciting taking place!
Dr. Matthew George, Chair and Professor of Music Department of Music