Welcome back! It's that time of year again, poised for the start of the school year. At CMW, the Providence Quartet and Fellows who scattered for the summer to music festivals from Maine to Utah will soon be back in town for planning meetings, students are sharing summer highlights, and the Board (including eight new members) has held a productive day-long retreat to outline its priorities for the year and brainstorm strategies for meeting the goals of our 12th season.
The Board of Directors has a policy that after a member has served for three consecutive two-year terms s/he must retire from the Board for at least one year. So I retired in June after my six years, and am delighted that Elizabeth Hollander is succeeding me as President. Liz has invaluable experience - most recently for the past twenty years as Executive Director of Campus Compact, a national organization that promotes public service in colleges. Since retiring from that position she has become a Senior Fellow at the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University. She will be supported by a strong executive committee of other officers and members at large.
Liz has been a passionate and articulate supporter of CMW since she joined the Board in 2005 and attended her first Performance Party, where, as she likes to say, she really "got it." (There is nothing like a Performance Party to give rich insight into the many dimensions of CMW - Community, Music, and the working relations of students and staff, along with memorable moments of pride and joy, and the delights of a shared potluck culmination! If you haven't yet made it to a Performance Party, or a Musical Workshop, do plan to make it a priority to come and bring a friend or two with you.)
It is exciting to see such a mutually strong match between CMW and Liz Hollander and the Board. Fasten your seat belts as we prepare to witness the continued growth of this transformational and innovative organization that so enriches our Providence greater community and is now inspiring people in other places (e.g. New Haven and Cincinnati) to spread its rewards by adapting it to other cities in this country.
-Karen Romer, CMW Honorary Board