By the end of this month the new academic year will be in full swing. For some, it will be the opening of a new chapter: a first academic position, a job at a new institution, the start of graduate study, perhaps with a research or teaching assistantship, or the beginning of a college career. I myself am part of this group: Last month I began a new position as Director of the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. If you are in one of these new situations you are likely asking yourself many questions. How do I construct my new reality? What contributions can my work make to my profession, my institution, and my career? Will I fit in? Will I succeed?
The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.