United Conservatory of Music December 2019





How 2019 Changed UCM

I’ll always remember 2019 as the year we sawed a hole in the wall. Our class of students doubled in size over the last year, and we desperately needed more space. Fortunately the suites next to ours were unoccupied, so we knocked down a wall and were able to spread our arms again. We started the year with 250 students learning music at the United Conservatory of Music. We go into the new year with over 500 students enrolled, on track to see that number double again in 2020. This time, we won’t be able to knock down anymore walls to make room for everyone. This is why we’ve been considering moving spaces for a while. The plan is to move into a new home by April 2020 — one that will be able to hold everything UCM can become. There will never be another year like this one. My plan from the beginning was to see our student body, our teachers, and our staff grow in number. But it’s one thing to plan and another to see it become a reality. This year reminded me that when you put your mind to it, you can realize your dreams as long as you’re willing to do the work. And 2019 was a year of hard work. It can be difficult to drive your plans to fruition, but it’s really exciting when things pay off. “The United Conservatory of Music is dedicated to being that place and contributing to the growing culture of music and arts here in Fresno.”

This year, UCM was a finalist for the Music Academy Success System’s School of the Year award. This was a huge honor. The winner is selected by their peers, and while UCM didn’t win this

year, it was still great to be recognized for our growth. It was always really cool to meet with other schools and learn from one another. There is a huge drive to bring music back and make it more accessible in our communities. I’m proud to be a part of this movement and see music grow in Fresno. I’ll never forget what we accomplished in 2019; it laid the groundwork for where we will go in the future. I’ve spoken many times about my plans to make performances a more integral part of UCM. I am incredibly optimistic for what the future will bring. We have a lot of families moving to Fresno and looking for safe places where their kids can come together after school to have fun and make friends. The United Conservatory of Music is dedicated to being that place and contributing to the growing culture of music and arts here in Fresno.

Here’s to a bright future!

—Christopher Scherer

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