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Music Department - College Based Fees - Letter 2019-20

October 1, 2019

Dear Music Majors:

I want to begin the annual review of our CBF expenditures with a word of thanks. Your continued support for Cal Poly’s CBF program has helped make us a better department, and given you a better education. Your commitment to a quality education – and your willingness to support that commitment financially – is a continuing, and much-appreciated, bright spot in these challenging times.

Below is a list of our new student committee, who replaced our outgoing committee (all of whom graduated Spring 2017). Their term begins Fall 2019 and extends to Spring 2021 (unless any of them are graduating before the end of 2019):

Mady Frei
Hailey May
Timothy Shanks

This student committee solicits feedback from music majors regarding CBF funding and meets with me (in my roles as both chair of the Music Department and faculty CBF representative), on an as needed basis. Currently, from student feedback, all CBF funds are used solely to fund small performing ensembles/activity classes taught by part-time faculty members. Without the CBF funds, we would be unable to offer many of these small, but vital, performing ensembles. The goal is to expend all CBF fees within a given academic year.

The funded classes for 2018-18 are:

Class Title Instructor
MU 154 Beginning Voice Katherine Arthur
MU 171/371 Cello Ensemble Barbara Spencer
MU 171/371 Clarinet Ensemble Keith Waibel
MU 171/371 Brass Ensemble Mark Miller
MU 171/371 Guitar Ensemble Jim Bachman
MU 171/371 Percussion Ensemble John Astaire
MU 171/371 Trombone Choir Mark Miller
MU 171/371 Saxophone Ensemble Laura Kramer

I’d be happy to discuss our current (or future) use of CBF monies if you have any questions. Again, thank you for your support in these difficult times.


India D'Avignon
Music Department, Chair


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