It’s been a busy week up north, with SFCM‘s president, David Stull, revealing several plans that include a new record label and the fall implementation of a new curriculum structure called “curated clusters” We’ve also received today’s announcement that Kate Sheeran will take over the role of Provost and Dean (while at the same time being, **gasp** a woman!) as of July 1st.
Stull’s news was released as part of an interview with San Francisco Classical Voice, and shows hope for the kind of innovation we at the List would like to see in more music schools. The in-house label will presumably allow for better distribution and promotion of performer projects and new music, and may offer greater opportunities for students to get involved in recording projects early on. (We’ll see what happens once the dust settles.)
Sheeran (pictured) comes to the Bay Area from Mannes School of Music in New York, where she is currently the Assistant Dean. She replaces Robert Fitzpatrick, who has been serving as interim leader since January, and is now heading into retirement. Fitzpatrick, in turn, stepped up after Mary Ellen Poole was poached after UT’s changing of the guard at Butler School of Music in Austin.
And so it goes. Sounds like the conservatory is in for a lot of change, and a very exciting new year.
We’re currently in the process of moving our “Scoops” board to the blog, including announcements, news, special offers and various other items pertinent to the Lister community. With the ongoing exchange of talent, ideas and collaboration between SoCal and the Bay Area, we will continue to offer occasional news stories from “The City”. Enjoy.