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Celebrating the Work and Retirement of Dr. Susan Pickett

Celebrating the Work and Retirement of Dr. Susan Pickett

Michelle Foster, A&E Editor

May 10, 2018

As the school year draws to a close, Whitman students and faculty say farewell to Catherine Gould Chism Professor of Music Dr. Susan Pickett, who will be retiring at the end of this semester. Pickett, who has taught at Whitman for thirty-seven years, has been a teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend...

Music professor inspired by female Walla Walla composers

Music professor inspired by female Walla Walla composers

Daniel Kim

March 12, 2015

Susan Pickett, the Catherine Gould Chism Chair of Music at Whitman College, discussed her recently released book on Wed., Mar. 11. The book, "Marion and Emilie Frances Bauer: From the Wild West to American Musical Modernism,"  provides the first comprehensive account of the lives and professional accomplishments...

Piano Professor’s Departure Upsets Music Students

Sarah Cornett

November 15, 2012

In the past three years, the Whitman music department has undergone monumental shifts in its faculty, both tenure-track and temporary. After a recent decision to not rehire highly esteemed piano specialist Melissa Loehnig, some music students are questioning the policies of the administration and the...

Music department hiring decisions, curriculum shifts concern students

Music department hiring decisions, curriculum shifts concern students

Emily Lin-Jones

May 3, 2012

A series of end-of-year curriculum changes and hiring decisions in the music department have left many music students feeling like they don't have a voice in the future direction of the department. Whitman Orchestra members were perplexed by the decision not to rehire Visiting Assistant Professor of Musi...

Adjunct music instructors work long hours for low pay, uncertain benefits

Rachel Alexander

March 11, 2012

Laura Curtis has been teaching piano at Whitman since 1997. She holds a master's degree in music, instructs around 35 students per semester and is often busy from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with lessons, rehearsals, practicing and accompanying. For this, Curtis can expect to earn a little more than $20,000 pe...

Music Program undergoes large-scale changes

William Witwer

March 29, 2011

Following this year's upcoming final performances, Whitman College's music department will undergo several major changes. In the past two years, four tenured professors have retired, are set to retire or have left for another job. Combined with last year's shift to a 3-2 teaching load, the department...

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