I am honoured to accept the role of Acting Dean of the Desautels Faculty of Music (July 1 - December 31, 2018). I have been a professor at this faculty since 2002, and love being surrounded by this community of faculty and students who are so passionate about music. Our students’ successes are broad and diverse – students and alumni perform at Opera houses, Symphonies, Jazz clubs, and recitals here at home and abroad; they conduct choirs and participate in community-based music making; they research and teach; and, perhaps most importantly, they inspire young musicians in private studios and music classes, reflecting the passion and dedication of everyone in this faculty.
These are exciting times of great growth for the Faculty. We are getting settled in our new, beautiful building, where we are actively looking for ways to reach out to communities across the province and country. We are carefully examining our relationships in the Faculty and the larger University Community through a newly written report on the Respectful Work and Learning Environment. We are implementing changes and committed to the new possibilities that these areas of improvement and growth allow us.
In the midst of all of the work ahead of us this year, it is important that we never forget how essential music is – our voices matter, and are necessary now more than ever. All of our work and dedication will give us the ability to make music honestly and fearlessly. Together, we can and will make a positive difference in the world.
Dr. Laura Loewen, B.Mus., M.Mus., D.M.A.