Dean Shay in MackyDear friends, 

You will see throughout this issue of Colorado Music examples of how the students, alumni, faculty, staff and supporters of the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music are inspiring artistry and discovery, together. We continue to pledge ourselves to a highly innovative approach to student preparation, transformative faculty achievement and strong leadership in the field of music. 

Last February, the College of Music officially broke ground on an impactful and influential new addition to the Imig Music Building. We are eagerly looking forward to innovative teaching, rehearsal and performing spaces; a state-of-the-art recording studio; and dedicated suites for the Entrepreneurship Center for Music and Musicians’ Wellness Program. These new spaces will help us build interdisciplinary partnerships across campus and welcome the community into the College of Music even more deeply for performances and special events.

We continue to make steady progress toward completing our $50 million music+ campaign to raise new endowment funds that will provide substantial support for College of Music students, faculty and programs. The devoted work of the College of Music Advisory Board, music+ Campaign Steering Committee and Advancement Team remains a source of inspiration for all of us here at the College of Music. I am pleased to report that, as this magazine goes to print, we have raised over $36 million toward our $50 million goal.

There is so much more to share about the College of Music, ranging from last year’s CU at Carnegie Hall Showcase Concert to this year’s fourth biennial Cleveland Orchestra residency. Suffice it to say, the College of Music remains a very special place that adds tremendous value to the world. Our work flows from its people, their remarkable talents and a passion to share joy through music. Thank you for your interest in the College of Music.

With best wishes,

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Robert Shay
Dean, College of Music

P.S. I've recently come to the decision that the 2019-20 academic year will be my last full one as dean. After what will have been six years in this role at CU and 20 overall in full-time administration, I'm looking forward to returning to teaching and research, and to making contributions to the College of Music in other ways. I will be staying on as dean until Oct. 1, 2020. The search for the college's next dean will be underway shortly.