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David Russell

One year for each Caprice--then Good-Bye to CIM

April 21, 2009 at 12:43 AM

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!


From al ku
Posted on April 21, 2009 at 1:55 AM

how exciting!  all the best to you, sir!


From Bethany Morris
Posted on April 21, 2009 at 10:53 AM

It is bright and sunny in Charlotte.  Enjoy the short, warm winters!


From Terez Mertes
Posted on April 22, 2009 at 4:57 PM

 David - wow, that's a big change after so many years. Congrats on the new position, and happy transitioning to you!


From Jonathan Frohnen
Posted on April 23, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Congrats!  I hope that you will be able to put some emphasis on the history of violin playing :-) 


From Andrew Sords
Posted on April 23, 2009 at 7:59 PM

I'm very happy for you, and look forward to visiting your studio there!  :)  I'm gonna miss your family... 


From Drew Lecher
Posted on April 24, 2009 at 7:28 PM

Congratulations and all the best. I look forward to hearing about the new happenings.

God bless, Drew


From Don Sullivan
Posted on April 26, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Dear Sir,

As a Clevelander, though I do not know you, I am certain that Cleveland will miss you.  I enjoyed  reading about your optimism for the future at UNC Charlotte.  When forging young lives, imagination, faith, persistance, and committment are all necessary.  I sincerely hope that your wildest dreams come true for your new student body.  May you be blessed in your coming and going.  May the work of your hands be prospered and the hearts of those you influence be inspired.  And may you see the fruit of your labors come alive as those you inspire travel throughout the world realizing their potential and impacting our world, changing it for the better.  All the best to you!  God bless you.

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