Millersville University, Faculty Senate

Attachment D

Faculty Senate Minutes

October 3, 2000

DATE: October 2, 2000

TO: Faculty Senate

FROM: Music Department


The Music Department unanimously approved and recommends the following resolution to the Faculty Senate:

WHEREAS Sy Brandon has retired from the Music Faculty of Millersville University after 24 years of service; and

WHEREAS he has helped develop numerous students into fine musicians and professionals through his excellent teaching in music history, music industry studies, composition, orchestration, harmony, brass methods, and private instruction in low brass, and through his service as an advisor for two departmental honors projects; and

WHEREAS he has been a major force in curriculum development through his work as chairperson of the department curriculum committee, and his leadership in the development of the Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in Music Industry Studies; and

WHEREAS he has sought to maintain the quality of the music program through his involvement with ASCAP, the Society of Composers Inc., the American Music Center, the National Association of Music Merchants, the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association, the International Trombone Association, and the Tuba Universal Brotherhood Association; and

WHEREAS he has demonstrated scholarly growth and development through his participation in workshops and conferences sponsored by the National Association of Music Merchants, the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association, the College Music Jocks, the Philadelphia Music Conference, the College Music Society, the International Trombone Association, the Tuba Universal Brotherhood Association, the New York Brass Conference for Scholarships, and the State System of Higher Education, through his presentation of papers at College Music Society, Technology Instruction for Music Educators, and Technical Directions in Music Research Conferences, and through his articles published in NAMBI News, Penn Sounds, TUBA Journal, International Trombone Association Journal, PMEA News, and Brass and Percussion Magazine; and

WHEREAS he has faithfully served the university as faculty senator, as an APSCUF representative, as chair of the virtual university faculty development committee, and as a member of the appeals committee, the co-op committee, and the search committee for the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences; and

WHEREAS he has faithfully served the music department as secretary for department faculty meetings, as chair of the curriculum committee, as faculty advisor to the Songwriter's Music Business Club, as author of the department administrative manual, and as a member of numerous departmental committees and search committees; and

WHEREAS he has faithfully served the community as the organizer and conductor of the annual Tuba Christmas and International Tuba Day concerts, as organizer of several brass festivals and trombone festivals, as organizer of the faculty American Music Week recitals, Women Composers recital, and co-chair of the Black Composers recital, as clinician at PMEA and I.U. 13 conferences, and as board member for the York Symphony Orchestra and the Delaware Valley Composers Association; and

WHEREAS he has achieved recognition as a performer through his participation with the Harrisburg and York Symphony Orchestras, the Lancaster Opera Company, the York Chamber Orchestra, the Keystone Brass Quintet, and the Winter Brass Project, his numerous solo recitals including a performance at the Eastern Trombone Workshop, and his participation in workshops and master classes with Arnold Jacobs and Barry Green; and

WHEREAS he has brought great honor to the university through his many achievements as a composer including 16 national and regional composition awards, 17 commissions for his compositions, 29 major performances of his compositions by groups that include the York Symphony Orchestra, the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, the U.S. Army Band, and the U. S. Air Force Band of the Golden West, and numerous publications and recordings of his music;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Music Faculty of Millersville University thank and congratulate Dr. Brandon for his valuable contributions to the life of the university and the department; and further

BE IT RESOLVED that the faculty wishes him much continued success and happiness; and finally

BE IT RESOLVED that the Music Department recommends that Dr. Sy Brandon be granted the rank of Professor Emeritus.

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