Albany State University hosts College Music Society Southern Regional Conference


Albany State University hosts
College Music Society Southern Regional Conference

ALBANY, Ga. –  Music students and music professionals throughout the South attended the College Music Society 2018 Southern Regional Conference hosted by Albany State University (ASU) from Feb. 22 – Feb. 24

The event included presentations and performances from across the spectrum of music in the academy. College professors, professional musicians, composers, conductors and students participated.

“The music conference was an eye opening experience,” said Maya Broadwater, a music education major. “I met a plethora of music educators from Florida, Alabama and Georgia. I was able to network and discover the different studies that the music programs at their respective universities had to offer. As a future music educator, I realized there are a variety of paths that people in my field can embark on.”

The conference’s  keynote address, titled “Transforming Lives through the Power of Diversity in the Arts,” included presentations by Andre Dowell, chief programming officer of the Sphinx Organization, and Hannah White, a 17-year-old violin virtuoso and composer.

Dowell lead participants in a bold conversation about the important role diversity plays in the arts, arts education and arts leadership. Participants learned strategies to cultivate positive changes within organizations. The session guided participants in engaging others in meaningful conversations about the value of diversity and how it can impact the lives of students.

“My experience with the music conference was enriching,” said Davin Tennie-Jones, a music education major. I learned about the different styles of teaching from various professors and universities.”

A consortium of college, conservatory, university and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the College Music Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.


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