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Second Annual Giving Day a Great Success

The Beloit College community is generous and showed its heart and soul during its second annual Giving Day on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. In just 24 hours, the college raised over $65,000 from more than 450 supporters.

Not only did the gifts far surpass the original goal of $25,000, the event also raised $25,000 more than last year. Beloit is touched by the fantastic response received from supporters and is grateful to be backed by such a strong foundation of alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends. These gifts help make ‪#‎BeloitPossible for the next generation of Turtles, Bucs, and Beloiters.

The unconditional support, enthusiastically offered by our alumni, parents, and friends is a tribute to the character of our community, and the value that we all collectively recognize in the mission we seek to advance. We at Beloit are privileged to have a community so willing to invest in the future of our great institution, and our students. For this, we are grateful,” said Mark Wold’95, Senior Director of Alumni & Parent Relations and Annual Support.

Thank you to all who supported Beloit College’s second annual Giving Day. As College President Scott Bierman often says, it’s “turtles all the way down.”

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Setting the record straight: Concerns over changes in music understandable, but misunderstood says chair

December 16, 2013 at 7:49 am

Late last week, just days after the talents of the college’s music and voice students were on display in Eaton Chapel, rumors began circulating that the Department of Music at Beloit was doing away with both its orchestral program, and its choir.  While changes in the program are planned, the college remains committed to providing opportunities for students to participate in orchestral and choral ensembles. 

Music chair Daniel Barolsky talked with the Terrarium about what’s happening, why, and when. A brief recounting of those details, along with opportunities for learning more, appear below.

Investigation ultimately led to rethinking of ensembles.

As Barolsky explained in an email to more than 40 concerned students on Thursday, he was a part of an interdisciplinary taskforce over the summer that consisted of five faculty members charged with mapping a future for the music program at Beloit.  “Our task was, ultimately, to re-build the music program: to create a new mission, a new curriculum, to assess our resources and needs, and to imagine a new staffing plan,” Barolsky said.

One of the central concerns voiced in student emails and on social media had to do with the idea that the college would no longer be hosting a student orchestra. This is true. As Barolsky explained in his email to students (mentioned above):

“For years we've struggled to fill the brass and even the wind sections.  This is not only because we're not a school of music that recruits specific instrumentalists… but because trumpets and trombones, especially, also have the choice to play in wind ensemble or jazz band.  Consequently the music department pays thousands of dollars a year to hire outside players since there aren't enough student brass musicians.”

“We determined we were better off creating these ensembles based on our natural strengths, affinities and resources, rather than forcing ourselves to continue to do this,” Barolsky told the Terrarium.  Reorganizing ensembles in a “more nimble and flexible way” will allow the program to stop being forced to fill vacancies in its orchestra with non-students and allow future faculty and the interests of their students to give shape the playing groups available.

The choral program is here to stay, but may change.

Another rumor was that the choral program was going to be closed down. This is untrue, Barolsky said, but he reiterated that this program should also be open to the influences of future faculty, students, and ideas.

Consultation continues

To inform their work, the summer task force conferred with professors of music at two other liberal arts colleges, as well as some two-dozen additional music professors around the world.  In the fall, members of the group spoke informally with both music students and non-music students at the college, and had directed conversations with Beloit music alumni.

Barolsky says he is happy to continue talking about the plans for the department—plans he and the other faculty involved in the review are excited about and that he is helping implement in the coming months. The department, which is currently searching to fill a tenure-track line in ethnomusicology, also expects to discuss its process and its outcomes with other departments and faculty groups in the spring.