Iowa School of Music 2021-22 Magazine

From the Director



EDITOR Tammie Walker CONTRIBUTING WRITER Leah Grout Garris DESIGN Creative Mellen PHOTOGRAPHERS Miranda Meyer Jill Tobin

Hello from the School of Music!

Tim Schoon Justin Torner

I hope your last two years have been filled with rich harmonies. Here at the School of Music, so many exciting things have happened since our last update in 2020. In this combined 2021-2022 issue, we’re sharing the highlights of the past several months. As we compose excellence, it’s also our goal to compose community. Through everything we do, our students, faculty, staff, and alumni are dedicated to nurturing equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging (EDIB). With help from wonderful supporters, we’ve been able to make our music more accessible to all types of audiences around the world. Through a truly inspiring collaboration, we received the opportunity to support an 82-year-old Black female composer living in California who dreamed about creating a new edition of her orchestral work Five Movements of Color. We’ve made time to reflect on our stories, experiences, and ideas about how to weave EDIB into what we do today—and what we do tomorrow. Our students, faculty, staff, and alumni have been recognized for their visionary work, research, performances, publications, and so much more. As Director of Jazz Studies and Associate Professor of African American Studies Dr. Damani Phillips says on page 5, “Though we still have much work to do, we’re inching closer to a more thoughtful School of Music that reflects the people, sounds, and cultural reality of our world—musical or otherwise.” We know that the difficult work of bringing our vision of an equitable, diverse, inclusive environment to life is a long journey—but one we’re dedicated to completing.

FRONT COVER Voxman Concert Hall mosaic is made up of 567 images of School of Music faculty, students, and community members.


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Stay well and stay in touch,

Tammie Walker, D.M.A. Director, School of Music

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