by Jeffrey Carter
One of our choral candidates yesterday, in response to my statement that ‘we’re a happy and healthy department,’ noted that we seem like a family here. I know that students pointed that out to our NASM visitors two weeks ago.
What makes family? Our location in an old mansion . . . a family home . . . doesn’t hurt. Our faculty love to teach, and go beyond the call in nurturing talent and building community. Our students genuinely like each other; we don’t have nasty competition or claques here. Our departmental administrator, Jean, is both helpful and motherly in many ways. We have clear rules for how things go, and we know that we’ll succeed best when all follow those rules so that all have the same chance, all are treated the same.
I love working in a Department of Music that feels like family.