Transitions in the Music Department
There are a few transitions taking place in the music department at Covenant this summer. Drs. Jeanell Brown and Ken Anderson will not be returning for the 2012-2013 year. “We are grateful for their years of service and the many lives they have touched over the years,” said Dr. Jeff Hall, vice president for academic affairs. “In addition to excellence in classroom teaching and piano instruction, Dr. Brown made significant contributions to the College through her work chairing the music department, leading the annual Madrigal Dinners, and spearheading the Covenant Arts concert series. Dr. Anderson faithfully led the chorale and maintained a strong voice studio over the years.
“As we look to the future, the College is taking a two-step process. First, we have secured first-rate instructors for the coming year. Next, we are taking this opportunity to dream a bit about what the music department should be (or look like) and to develop an actionable plan.”
The faculty members are now in place for next year. We are pleased to announce the additions of Visiting Professors David Long and David Tahere to the currently-serving Dr. Rosella Ewing, Professor Lok Kim, and Dr. Brandon Kreuze.
Professor Long has served the College on a part-time basis for the last few years by conducting the Madrigal Singers, Renaissance Consort, and Covenant Singers. He will now fill out a full-time schedule by conducting the Covenant College Chorale and teaching general courses in the department. He has served as the music director and conductor for the Chattanooga Bach Choir since 2005 and is known for leading excellent performances.
Professor Tahere is joining us after finishing his master’s degree at Temple University in voice performance. He comes to us having performed as a baritone in a number of concerts and with interest and abilities in teaching and leading performance, history and theory.
“We believe that we have a strong music program in place for the coming year, and we are excited about the commitment and talent of the music department personnel,” said Hall.
Having settled matters for the coming year, the College is turning attention to the future of the music department. In order to have the best plan for moving forward, the College is soliciting ideas from select alumni of the department, from professors and from administrators at a meeting in early August. Ideas will also come from an external review that was conducted during the spring of 2011. Drs. Paul Morton, dean of academic programs, and Bill Tate, dean of arts and letters, are providing academic leadership in cooperation with the department. Any members of the Covenant community who wish to offer input on the direction of the music department are invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I am convinced we have the opportunity and the resources to sharpen the music program at Covenant College,” said Hall, “and I am looking forward to these developments and the searches for permanent faculty posts that will take place this year for the following year.”