by David M. McKay
Vice president for Institutional Advancement
A presidential inauguration is a historic event in any institute of higher education, a time of celebration and anticipation and a moment when a college marks the present by projecting its future vision against the silver screen of its past achievements.
Many are familiar with the pomp and circumstance of a traditional inaugural ceremony-but the December 3 inauguration of Roger Brown as Berklee's third president will be more than a single event. It will be the culmination of a week of activity that will set the Berklee campus abuzz with the rhythms of a new era. This is Berklee's first formal inauguration, and we'll celebrate in style! We will welcome Roger Brown, celebrate the achievements of the college, and reinforce the vision of what we are becoming.
It all begins on Monday, November 29. Evenings will feature concerts; during the day, faculty-hosted forums will highlight Berklee's core academic programs. Sessions to be presented will include, "Anatomy of a Score: Conception to Completion," "Instantaneous Community: Composing the Moment," "Beyond the Music: Educating the Whole Person," and "Berklee and the Future of Music."
On December 3, at 1:00 p.m., operations will be suspended campus-wide so that the entire Berklee community can convene at the Hynes Convention Center for the 2:00 p.m. installation. It will include the conferral of honorary degrees upon distinguished guests and a performance by James Taylor. We will hear from longtime colleagues and friends of Roger Brown, and then our new president will deliver his inaugural address.
Since arriving on campus, Roger Brown has listened closely to the ideas of the Berklee community. In his inaugural speech, he will unveil the vision for the college-not his vision alone, but one developed in consultation with the entire community through Berklee town hall?style meetings and formal and informal discussions with the board of trustees, administration, faculty, staff, and students. He and the board of trustees have also sought input from alumni who are bright lights in the music world, and they will reveal to all of us a vision for what we can expect Berklee College of Music to look like in 2015.
Inauguration week closes with a Berklee twist: a huge reception for all and then a concert in the Berklee Performance Center. The entire Berklee community is invited to the concert, but seats are limited. For ticket information or the full calendar of events, call (617) 747-2851 or visit the Berklee website.
|Mark A. Peterson|
|Jeffrey L. Shames|
|William J. Lynch, III|
|Steven H. Holtzman|
|all photos by Farnsworth Blalock photos|
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