Gratitude, Acknowledgement of Indigenous Lands, and the Elections
Eileen M. Hayes
The first virtual CMS national conference, which convened over two weekends in October 2020, was deemed a success! I wish to share with you my President’s Report from the Annual Meeting of the Membership, followed by additional remarks.
“It is an honor to serve as President of the College Music Society. Our membership contributes much to music in higher education. Part of what makes our Society unique and indeed what attracted me as a member so many years ago, is our profile as an umbrella organization for all of the music disciplines. I have remained in the Society because of the connections I have forged with colleagues. To those who have joined CMS most recently, my hope is that you will find a professional home with us.
I would like to begin with a number of acknowledgements. First and foremost, I wish to acknowledge the national staff of CMS, led by our Executive Director, Dr. William Pelto. It is a privilege to work with Bill Pelto on a weekly basis. Members of the CMS staff include Peter Park, Director of Professional Activities; Beth Mast, Director of Information Delivery; Julie Johnson, Information Services Specialist; Shannon Devlin, Membership, David Schafer, Director of Information Technology, and Candi Davis, Bookkeeper. Staff of the national office carry out work on behalf of the membership throughout the year, but I wanted to acknowledge especially their continued excellence and commitment to carrying out CMS’s mission, through the Society’s budget reductions of this year. The national staff demonstrated nimbleness both in working remotely and in identifying a way forward to our virtual format this year and we are grateful for their leadership. We acknowledge, also, CMS interns, Alex Alberti and Wendi Griffiths, both of whom are working with the national office this year. The Society would not be able to function without the expertise of all these individuals.