October 8, 2013

Dear Friend:

Music at Valley City State University is experiencing a banner year and we appreciate your role in our success! We now have the largest choir in 20 years and our freshman class outgrew our piano lab (a good thing). Last year, we raised just over $15,000 for student scholarships from our Friends of Music campaign. With our increased enrollments, your donations are more appreciated than ever.

Another exciting change this year is the addition of two new full-time faculty members. Dr. Geraldine Ong serves the department as Assistant Professor of Applied and Collaborative Piano at VCSU. An accomplished concert pianist, Dr. Ong has been featured playing concertos with the Houston Symphony, Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, Houston Civic Symphony, and New Orleans Civic Symphony.

Andrew J. Allen is our new Instructor of Woodwinds, Jazz Studies, and Music History. As an advocate of new music, Professor (soon to be Dr.) Allen has premiered nearly a dozen new works for the saxophone, and has performed with orchestras in Georgia, Michigan, South Carolina, and Tennessee. In July 2013, he made his New York solo debut at The Tank performance space.

Last May, we said goodbye to Dr. Diana Skroch as our Department Chair. Diana is now enjoying a much-deserved retirement and Beth Gigante Klingenstein has taken over as Chair of the Music Department as well as Director of the VCSU Community School of the Arts. Beth welcomes visits and calls from you, so please feel free to stop by and see your donations at work.

Thank you for your contributions in the past and for future help with our increased numbers and continued excellence. We have two final requests: first, we hope you will forward the names of any talented musicians to us; we are excited to show potential music majors all we have to offer. Finally, we would love to see you at any of the faculty and student concerts on the enclosed brochure.

Please mail your contribution today and make a difference in a young musician’s life.

With sincerest gratitude,

The VCSU Music Faculty