The Board of Directors of Langley Community Music School is announcing a change of leadership at the school. Susan Magnusson is retiring from her role as Principal of LCMS, a position she has held since 2001.
Sue Anderlini, LCMS Board President says, “We are truly thankful for Susan’s years of inspiration, commitment and hard work. Throughout her many years of dedicated leadership and stimulating instruction, she has become synonymous with the high caliber music school she has successfully helped to develop. We wish her all the best in her semi-retirement at LCMS, and in recognition of her service to the school, have awarded her the title of Principal Emeritus.”
After a Canada-wide search and interview process, the Board has chosen Carolyn Granholm to succeed Susan as Principal of the school. Says Anderlini, “Carolyn has been Assistant Principal at LCMS from June 2009, and has a solid understanding of our organization. The Board is very supportive of her, and looks forward to working with her in her new role.”
Reflecting on her career at LCMS, Susan Magnusson says, “For the past 18 years, I have had the opportunity to lead this extraordinary organization. What a privilege and pleasure it has been. The time is right to pass the torch to the next leader, Carolyn Granholm.
“I’m very proud of the success of LCMS. Credit must be given to the amazing faculty, staff, volunteers and our generous donors who have contributed to making LCMS one of the leading music schools in the country. It is so rewarding to watch LCMS students develop their personal potential through participation in our programs and interaction with our dedicated and inspiring faculty.
“I am not leaving LCMS. I look forward to continuing on the faculty to pass on my knowledge and love of music to my students. I will also assist Carolyn wherever needed during the transition, and look forward to working on some educational programming and new initiatives. I am honored to now have the title of Principal Emeritus.”
Says Granholm, “This coming year will be a very special year for LCMS, as we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the school in 2019. I am privileged and honoured to be taking over leadership of the school at this time. I thank the Board for the confidence they have placed in me, and Susan for her years of excellent service to the school. I look forward to working with our Board, faculty, and staff to continue the legacy of LCMS as a centre of excellence in music education, and as a community school that serves learners of all ages and diverse musical backgrounds.
Adds Granholm, “Throughout 2019, we are proud to be presenting artists in our concert series with a special connection to LCMS, including a number of our alumni. We will also be premiering some new works especially commissioned for our anniversary, and our senior orchestra will be presenting a special performance of the last movement of Beethoven’s 9th in collaboration with the Vancouver Bach Choir and Surrey Youth Orchestra. Watch out for these and other exciting events throughout the year, and celebrate with us!”