KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The Western Michigan University School of Music has a new director.
Bradley Wong, professor of music, has assumed leadership of the University's music school. His appointment was effective Tuesday, June 10, and was approved by the WMU Board of Trustees.
"Brad brings decades of experience with the School of Music to his role as director, and I am thrilled that he has accepted this new leadership position," says Daniel G. Guyette, dean of the College of Fine Arts. "His many years of service to the school made him an obvious nomination by his colleagues and I received strong support from faculty and staff alike regarding his nomination."
Wong replaces Dr. David Colson, who served as director for seven years, culminating in the School of Music centennial celebration this past year. Colson will remain on the music school's faculty.
Wong holds a diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy and received bachelor's and master's degrees in music from the University of Michigan. He is a Yamaha performing artist and joined the School of Music 30 years ago, first as a professor of clarinet and a member of the Western Wind Quintet, then as the coordinator of graduate studies.
"It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome the opportunity to take on the role of director of the School of Music," Wong says. "Now, as director, I'm eager to turn my full attention to the continuing excellence of our program. David has done an exceptional job over the past seven years, bringing great creative energy and vision to the school, and working collaboratively with all the programs in the College of Fine Arts. As I begin this next chapter, I look forward to my continued work with our outstanding faculty and administrative team."