As 2016 gets into full swing, I'm announcing a comprehensive community consultation on the ANU School of Music to find ways to strengthen the school, its academic excellence and deepen its engagement with the Canberra community.
I have asked distinguished former public servant Professor Andrew Podger AO to run the consultation, which will include discussions with past and present staff and students, and with the wider community.
Professor Podger's consultations will be guided by three core principles: The School of Music should be committed to international excellence; it should be as relevant as possible to the community; and any changes must be affordable.
As Vice-Chancellor, I have a strong commitment to the School of Music and believe music education plays an essential role in a great university such as ANU. In fact, my first visit to Australia was as a teenage member of the Alaska Youth Orchestra, which visited Canberra and played a concert in Llewellyn Hall.
Professor Podger will be advised by Interim Head of the School of Music Associate Professor Royston Gustavson. He will also be helped by expert advisers Emeritus Professor Larry Sitsky AM, Emeritus Professor John Painter AM and Ms Robin Hughes AO.
The University community will be kept informed on how to take part.
Professor Podger will release a discussion paper in May after an initial round of consultations. He will then hold further consultations, before delivering a final report in August.
I encourage everyone to contribute to the discussion and have a say on the future shape of the School of Music.
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