The faculty, staff and students work together as an academic and artistic community within the larger university community, and we take seriously the pledge recited by freshman students at their fall convocation. As professional artists and scholars, the faculty work toward the highest quality in scholarship, composition and performance.
We are fortunate to have in the department professionals who have achieved high reputations both nationally and internationally. Their achievements include books and articles published by respected international presses; compositions published and performed as far away as Hawaii and Alaska, and Europe; performances here and abroad and broadcast over public radio stations; professional recordings; and service to professional organizations - local, statewide and national - which keeps the faculty active and connected to the larger world of music.
The work of our students continues a tradition of music making at this institution which spans over 50 years, beginning with the A Cappella choir founded by Dr. Max Noah, through the choral and sacred music activities championed by Dr. Robert Wolfersteig, and the band and jazz developments spearheaded by Professor James Willoughby. The music programs continue to grow stronger as the department takes a leadership role in the university's liberal arts mission. Through the development of strong touring groups and chamber music activities we will provide a wide range of opportunities for our students to gain experience as musicians, to build pride in their abilities, and to develop an enthusiasm and a discipline which will work to their advantage in their future efforts.
All of us are committed to the development and success of the department, and all are expected to contribute our best efforts - in the classroom, on stage, and in our studies.