Music Association of California Community Colleges

president's message

  Dear Colleagues,

I’m honored to be coming on board as your MACCC President, after having served on the board as Vice President and President Elect for the last six years. I feel privileged to serve with a gifted Board from all over the state as we begin to re-envision what community college music education will look like in the post-COVID world. We’re looking forward to seeing you all in person, at our San Diego MACCC Conference, November 17-19, after two years of virtual conferences. We’re anxious to share our stories and successes (maybe even a few tears) and hear yours as well.

I started my teaching career in the Community College system in 2003 at Irvine Valley College and migrated from there to teaching at 4-year universities. I was a “freeway flier” just like many of you, before landing a full-time position at Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana, and later at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Now I’ve returned to the community college system at Palo Verde College in Blythe, CA, where I teach both music and theater courses.

I’ve had a wide variety of experiences as an educator, yet in every case my primary concern was with preparing students for this changing climate we find ourselves in and keeping the importance of music paramount in the minds of my colleagues. Now, more than ever, we are tasked with finding new ways to teach and perform music, with revitalizing our COVID-depleted ensembles, and even with keeping morale up for our beleaguered students. One of the first things one learns as a musician is flexibility in high-risk performance situations, and the present climate has taken flexibility to Olympic levels. One thing is clear: We’re stronger together. Sharing resources and stories helps us to build vibrant programs. MACCC has been a great resource for me as an educator, as I’ve navigated this unique landscape, and I’m dedicated to making it just as valuable for you. I’m really looking forward to serving all of you and seeing you as we reconvene at the Doubletree Hilton in Mission Valley, San Diego this November.


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