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President of McNally Smith College of Music Named to Prestigious Group

Harry Chalmiers Named to “2010 Minnesotans On The Move” List by Finance and Commerce.

He grew one of the nation’s leading music colleges during the recession and established the first Hip-Hop diploma program in the country is being recognized for his leadership, vision and creativity. Now, Harry Chalmiers, President of McNally Smith College of Music, will receive one of the 40 “Minnesotans on the Move” awards on April 28, 2010, from the sponsoring organization, Finance & Commerce, the oldest business publication in Minnesota.

The “Minnesotans on the Move” event will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis. According to a Finance & Commerce report, “The Minnesotans on the Move” award was created last year in conjunction with the newspaper’s 120th anniversary celebration. This year’s honorees were chosen from dozens of outside nominations, as well as suggestions from Finance & Commerce’s editorial staff. Judges looked for people “who seemed poised to become much more prominent in their respective industries during the coming years.”

Read here, for the complete “Minnesotans on the Move” list.

A passionate educator, an exemplary administrator and a fine musician and composer

In making the nomination for Chalmiers, David O’Fallon, President and CEO of MacPhail Center for Music, noted that “he brings to his role vision, vibrancy and increasing visibility for what is now one of the top three music colleges in the country, offering education in music, music production and technology and music industry studies. A passionate educator, an exemplary administrator — and yes, a fine musician and composer, too — Harry Chalmiers is one of Minnesota’s rising stars and deserving of this recognition.”

Chalmier’s accomplishments since becoming the music college’s president in August 2007 include:

  • He has overseen growth of the student population from 500 to nearly 700 in a terrible economy, leading the college to its most profitable year in history.
  • In 2009, he established the nation’s first Hip-Hop diploma program and helped build a characteristic faculty of Hip-Hop artist-educators. Harry has recognized that Hip-Hop culture, valued in the billions of dollars through channels like cinema, television, advertising, fashion and other areas, is a powerful force both as an art form and business model. And he has overseen a curriculum development that will educate students in both.
  • He has initiated the Live at Five performance series featuring all-star McNally Smith faculty artists
  • He created artist-in-residence programs featuring Grammy award winning composer Dan Wilson and others
  • He has created partnerships with MacPhail Center for Music, Minnesota Public Radio, and wide range of public school systems
  • He has built the most talented and experienced faculty with a distinct taste for the cutting-edge
  • He has strategically positioned the college for global leadership in preparing students not only to succeed, but to lead the changes in the musical arts and new media.

The music college leader has an unusually broad range of expertise and knowledge of music and arts as a whole, and he is equally comfortable as a classical guitar soloist, or as the lead singer in a blues band. He composes piano music, string quartets, electronic music, folk songs, and rock and roll, and does it all with an authentic and interesting voice, the same informed and influential bearing by which he runs the college.

For more insights, see President Chalmiers’ bio at the McNally Smith College of Music Website.

And congratulations to our President!