As the new chair of the School of Music, I am heartened and humbled by the breadth, diversity, and generosity of our alumni and donors, students, faculty, and staff. Many here already know me as the trombone professor and director of graduate studies, where I have been happily focused for the last fifteen years on teaching and creative work with our talented UI students.
I feel especially fortunate to be taking over as chair with such exciting times ahead of us. The School of Music and The University of Iowa continue to move forward with plans for a new music building in downtown Iowa City at the intersection of Clinton and Burlington Streets. We have selected Neumann Monson as our local architect for the project, and just days ago announced the selection of LMN Architects of Seattle to design the new home for the School.
Until we have that new building, The University of Iowa has provided excellent interim facilities so that we can continue with our teaching, service, and performance. If you haven’t seen them, please stop by for a visit or come to a student or faculty recital. Our schedule is online at performingarts.uiowa.edu. You will be impressed by the commitment that the University has made to our students and faculty with state-of-the art practice rooms and studios, temporary recital spaces, classrooms and offices. They’re nothing short of amazing, and will serve our students and faculty well until our new School of Music is completed.
As plans continue to unfold for our new building, I hope you will continue to read our blog. The possibilities are inspiring and I am eager to continue sharing news with you as our plans unfold.
Director, School of Music
Professor of Trombone