Dean to be first Canadian to lead College Music Society

Betty Anne Younker, Don Wright Faculty of Music dean, has been named president-elect of the College Music Society.

This is the first time a president of the American-based organization will be affiliated with a Canadian faculty of music. Younker will serve two years in this position before assuming the role of president. She has been active in the society for several years, serving on committees, and most recently chair of professional development.

CMS supports music educators, providing them with leadership, resources and opportunities for interaction among members on the philosophy and practice of music.

“I believe firmly in the CMS,” Younker said. “It brings all disciplines together. It has an ability to serve society through research, policy, community engagement, professional development and pedagogy.”

Being the first Canadian in the role, Younker said brings more awareness to the university. “When I’m out there, I have my Western badge on.”