In Conversation with President Eileen M. Hayes

Eileen Hayes

News and Recognition 

This month, my attention turns to the ongoing work of the Society. Earlier this year, the Board welcomed representatives for Performance, Music Industry Studies, and Music Education. Each of these representatives heads an Advisory Council of faculty leaders who have accepted the charge to work with the representative on important disciplinary initiatives. The work of Advisory Council members often goes unrecognized and so we wanted to acknowledge their role here.

Emery Stephens welcomes the following Advisory Council members for Performance: Jacob Clark, piano, Lamar University; Mihoko Watanabe, flute, Ball State University; Andrew Kreckmann, choral activities, California State University-Sacramento; Kathryn Green, voice, Shenandoah University; Ken Goff, band, University of Arkansas-LR. Headed by Kim Wangler, the Advisory Council for Music Industry Studies is comprised of David Via of Zoom; Billy Cuthrell, Progressive Music; John Whitman, Yamaha; Courtney Blankenship, Western Illinois University; Tonya Butler, Berklee; and Tayloe Harding, University of South Carolina. Teri Dobbs welcomes the following to the Advisory Council for Music Education: Joyce McCall, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Juliet Hess, Michigan State University; Adam Harry, University of Iowa; Emma Joy Jampole, Ph.C., University of Wisconsin-Madison. The work of all of our Advisory Council members, some of whom have been recently seated, is appreciated. 

Executive director Bill Pelto reports that feedback has trended favorably in regard to CMS’ launch of the CMS-SALA Health Plan. News of the opportunity seems to have spread quickly through cyberspace. At a retirement luncheon hosted by our Department of Music this spring, an emeritus professor remarked that she hoped that AMS would develop something similar. “No need,” I said. “Anyone interested can take advantage of the program by joining CMS!” While the program is not insurance, the plan is offered as an alternative solution that features a choice of two preventative care plans, each coupled with a medical cost sharing membership for sharing expenses related to unexpected medical needs. My colleague’s hope that our sister organization would launch a similar plan made me wonder if, on matters such as this, our voice might be stronger if we acted in concert with one another rather than as competing entities. To that end, during this tenure as president, Dr. Keith Ward held conference calls with as many as twelve of the presidents of our music societies.  Likewise, at this year’s CMS International Conference in Belgium, Bill Pelto will meet with CEO Stefan Gies of the Association of European Conservatories (AEC) to continue discussions we began at last fall’s meeting in Vancouver. The work of CMS’ Committee on International Initiative has profound potential to expand our outreach to sister organizations abroad.

As many of you know, CMS has enjoyed a long association with the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). More than a conglomeration of purveyors of musical instruments, sheet music, computer software, etc., the NAMM Foundation pairs with CMS each year to provide opportunities for college, conservatory, and university music faculty and students to learn about the nearly $100 billion music industry and to network with industry leaders. This summer, fifteen faculty will attend the NAMM-CMS Faculty Fellows Program at the annual Summer NAMM Show in Nashville (July). This year’s program is led by Kim Wangler, board member for Music Industry Studies and past-president, Tayloe Harding, whose vision many years ago, brought the collaboration between CMS and NAMM to fruition. 

If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to register for the annual conference in Louisville. I second the welcome extended by Program Chair, Jennifer Snodgrass, in June. In addition to keynote speakers Ken Bain, Laura Escudé, and Carmen-Helena Téllez, members of the Kentucky-Ana Sacred Harp Association will join us for musicking at the conference’s conclusion. You will want to join us, too for the pre-conference CMS Louisville Experience on Wednesday, featuring CMS colleague Jay Grymes and a demonstration of the Violins of Hope, and then for Thursday’s An Evening at the Derby.  The work of the Society is ongoing throughout the year, sometimes carried out by individuals, but always with collaborative energy.  In that spirit, the annual conference provides the opportunity to connect with old friends and make new acquaintances as we chart directions in our field.  I hope to see you there.