From the Chair
It is with a great deal of pleasure and an even greater sense of responsibility that I send out my first letter as Chair of the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
I am completely aware of the remarkably high standards set by my predecessors. The development of our department, starting with Philip Bezanson in the late 1960s through Charles Bestor in the ‘70s, continuing in a direct line through Jeff Cox and Roberta Marvin, has been an extraordinary one. I consider myself lucky to have been able to learn from the chairs with whom I have worked, and I am grateful to have had such outstanding mentors to follow. I am also grateful to my music and dance department colleagues from their show of support and trust in recommending me for my new role. I hope to live up to their belief in me and will do my best to continue and enrich a supportive and creative learning environment.
As we all know, the Department of Music and Dance is a vibrant and exciting place to study and to teach. There is an extraordinary amount of scholarship, pedagogy, and performance taking place here, literally on a daily basis. One of the goals of my tenure will be to continue to explore meaningful ways for our students and faculty to share their work not only with one another, but with the university and the larger community as well. I am particularly interested in expanding our reach to underserved communities in places like Greenfield, Holyoke, and Springfield, and also improving our recruitment efforts to make the department more diverse.
Finally, I pledge to maintain the high academic and musical standards that we have worked so hard to attain, to expand and enrich our offerings, and to maintain and grow our regional and national reputation.
Salvatore Macchia, Chair
July 1, 2019