Dean John Davis and CU President Todd Saliman

Announcing a University Medal and increasing diverse representation in music

Dec. 1, 2022

In the final Dean’s Downbeat of the year, Dean John Davis announces Allan McMurray’s 2023 University Medal; describes how the important, prescient work of the Sphinx Organization underscores his vision for the College of Music ... and more.

Tayloe Harding, Dean, University of South Carolina School of Music; John Richmond, Dean, UNT College of Music; and our Dean John Davis.

A mission and a process

Oct. 13, 2022

“The way I see it, developing universal musicians who demonstrate diversity in all forms is both a mission and a process that directly supports and sustains democracy. Our diversity of experiences and abilities, perspectives and opinions, races and ethnicities, and genders and sexual identities enhances our conversation, ignites and expands our awareness, and makes us better when we come together.”

John Davis

Building blocks of human betterment

April 21, 2022

“While there’s no playbook for the unprecedented and the unknowable, by channeling collective despair into collective creativity, we become artistic entrepreneurs, contributing to society in impactful ways.” In this year-end reflection on triumphs over turmoils, Dean Davis offers his perspective on music as essential to human betterment.

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Ambition + anchorage

Feb. 24, 2022

In this edition of our monthly Dean’s Downbeat, John Davis reflects on our students’ successes, introduces new violin faculty—welcome, Alex Gonzalez!—and celebrates Susan Thomas’ BFA Excellence Award. Transcending pandemic burnout, “our faculty offer anchorage through their teaching excellence, and their wonderfully consistent artistic achievements as performers, composers and researchers,” he writes.

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Remembrance, resilience + forging our future

Jan. 27, 2022

“Even as we bear witness to loss and unknowable challenges with compassion and care, I see us rebounding with resilience again and again—undeterred in our shared quest for excellence, dogged in our pursuit to inform and influence what it means to be a successful, fulfilled creative artist in an increasingly diverse and interdisciplinary musical landscape.”

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“Holding space” for a culture of belonging

Dec. 15, 2021

As 2021 comes to a close and I reflect on my first year as Dean, I’m filled with gratitude for our College of Music family and all we’ve accomplished in a new and evolving hybrid learning environment. I’m especially proud of our progress to ensure an increasingly welcoming spirit within our beautifully expanded Imig Music Building.

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Innovation + inclusivity

Nov. 18, 2021

“We have a strong foundation for DEI work and we’re seeing progress [...] but there’s more work—more positive disruption—ahead of us before we can claim ubiquitous inclusivity in our college’s culture, classrooms and curricula.”

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Enhanced education through interdisciplinary micro credentialing

Oct. 27, 2021

"The way I see it, the College of Music is an innovation lab with endless potential for defining and redefining what it means to be an artist in a dynamic global environment. By developing an interdisciplinary micro credentialing program, my vision is to model an educational experience in which recognized mastery of varied competencies prepares our students for flexible, individualized careers."

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Developing the universal musician

Sept. 30, 2021

In this monthly briefing from Dean Davis, learn his perspective on the future of artistry at the College of Music—thanks, in part, to the features and functionality of the expanded Imig Music Building—as well as his vision for developing the "universal musician."

Dean John Davis

Dean's Downbeat

May 26, 2021

In this edition of Dean's Downbeat, learn how the College of Music has channeled change into progress; the work of the college's DEI task forces and how to contribute your input; what we're looking forward to this Fall; and our excitement for a new chapter of in-person music-making. (Dean's Downbeat will resume at the beginning of Fall Semester 2021.)

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