It is with immense pleasure that I extend a warm welcome to each of you as we welcome in a new academic year at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Music. Our corridors, classrooms, and rehearsal spaces are once again abuzz with the anticipation of discovery, learning, growth, and the sounds of music filling the air.
To our returning students, I am excited to witness your continued dedication and progress. Your commitment to refining your craft is the foundation upon which the School of Music stands strong. Let’s embrace this year as an opportunity to explore deeper, to challenge ourselves, and to take creative risks that lead to new heights of excellence.
To our new students, welcome to our music community! Your presence enriches our community with fresh perspectives and untapped potential. As you step into this realm of musical education, remember that you are embarking on a journey that will shape not only your musicianship but also your character and resilience. Our esteemed faculty members are ready to guide and inspire you. They are not just mentors, but companions on your path to musical enlightenment. Be open to their guidance, engage in thoughtful discussions, and seize every chance to collaborate and learn from one another.
This academic year will be filled with conversation, masterclasses, seminars, guest speakers, rehearsals, performances, and the camaraderie that binds us as musicians and scholars. Let’s also make time to foster connections beyond the notes – to support one another, to acknowledge each other’s successes, and to lend a hand during challenges. I hope we can embrace the unknown and let curiosity lead to innovative musical landscapes, and celebrate both triumphs and failures, for they are all part of our artistic journey. And again, remember to support and uplift one another, knowing that our music community is a tapestry woven with diverse talents, backgrounds, experiences, and passions.
As the School’s Director, I am honored to serve alongside all who are a part of our music community. I am eager to witness the stories that will be told through music and scholarship, the emotions evoked through performances, and the impact we will make as ambassadors of music and our university. Let us all embrace the possibilities that another year brings, as together we create another chapter of the School of Music’s legacy to resonate through the corridors of time.
Welcome to a new school year!
Dr. Linda R. Moorhouse
Professor and Director
School of Music