New Foundations for CMS - Page 4

We now have a strong and flexible foundation to replace the old log cabin! We appreciate your patience as we begin to build new floors on this foundation. Please provide your feedback to help guide us as we add new features and resources to our CMS technology enterprise.


So there we have it: three "new foundations" all very much interconnected and emerging from the mission critical strategic visioning process over the past four years. Having personally participated in several strategic planning efforts over my career, and seen the plans collect dust on a shelf, it is most gratifying to see CMS's efforts providing rich rewards for us.

Returning to the five intangible assets, one can see these assets shining through the foundations of strategic planning, advocacy, and technology. A key asset in this respect is the Society's willingness to embrace change and innovation. Here is a quick review of our accomplishments this past year:

Quick Starts 2011-2012

1. We developed and approved a CMS Advocacy statement on the value of music in higher education (thanks to Jim Scott and Larry Kaptain and the Administration & Leadership and Higher Education Committees)
2. We have over six (6) student campus chapters officially in place and 12 or more in the works (thanks to Jennifer Snodgrass and Gene Trantham and the Student Advisory Council). Those include Appalachian State University, State University of New York–Potsdam, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Delaware, University of Washington, and Washington College.
3. We launched the CMS International Ambassador program (thanks to the International Initiatives committee and especially to the efforts of the committee co-chair, Alexandra Zacharella)
4. We created a new awards initiative to recognize interdisciplinary student presentations at the national conference (thanks to Faun Tiedge and her ad hoc task force). The awardee for composition was Jessica Rudman for "Certain Octobers" for Piano Trio, CUNY Graduate Center, advisor Tania Leon; for a paper presentation was Scott Dirkse for "Music History Pedagogy in the 21st Century," U.C. Santa Barbara, advisor Derek Katz.
5. We arranged access to Webex online conferencing technology for CMS meetings and webinars. This system has been used for several meetings the past year and we held our inaugural webinar in November on "Advocacy" thanks to the leadership of Larry Kaptain along with presenters William Everett, Jennifer Snodgrass, Douglass Seaton, John Graulty, and Daniel Adams.
6. We planned and realized a new format and delivery system for CMS publications (thanks to David Woods and the Publications committee)
7. We turned on a completely new, redesigned CMS website (thanks to the CMS information technology staff, David Schafer, Beth Mast, and Julie Johnson, with guidance from Peter Webster and the CMS technology committee)
8. We developed a CMS App for iPhone and iPads and, now, an Android version available just this week on the Google Android app store (thanks to a grant with the School of Music at Georgia Institute of Technology and the work of their staff and students, along with guidance and assistance from the CMS App ad hoc committee and the technology staff in the CMS office). (The Georgia Tech grant also provides our access to their WebEx system.) An extra bonus to this Quick Start was the development of a CMS YouTube channel that is also accessible through these new Apps (thanks to Steve Kreinberg and the Video Committee).

I thank all of you who contributed to those exceptional efforts.