The decision was made after many hours of thought, prayer, counsel, reminiscing, and discussing. After all, twenty-four years of one's life is a long time to spend in one place. Change is not always easy. Roots have grown. Lives have been intertwined. History has been made.
Nonetheless, beginning in August of 2009, I will be leaving my spot on the violin faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music to take up an exciting new post as the Anne Reynolds Belk Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Please hear me when I say that I have big plans to build a unique violin program at UNC Charlotte. In fact,when I think of the possibilities, I find myself unable to stop grinning! Not only is living and working in beautiful Charlotte a very appealing thought, so is working in a school which is so willing to develop its potential. The sky seems the limit! Every day, I wake up with new ideas for the program and am immediately inspired to try and make them a reality.My wonderful colleagues and the forward-thinking Administration of UNC Charlotte show me nothing but support and encouragement in this process. While I'm not ready to say too much more about it at this point, I will say this: Look out!--- I think something special is coming!
So, as I look back on my 24 years (one year for each caprice!) on the CIM violin faculty with a certain degree of wistfulness, I look forward with renewed optimism and enthusiasm to the bright and sunny future in Charlotte!
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