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Rescind Cuts to Piano Major / Grad Degrees at Westminster Choir College

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The initiator of this petition is a piano major at Westminster Choir College.

In a decision totally lacking in transparency, the Rider University Administration has unilaterally, without consultations with faculty and students, cut the piano major at Westminster Choir College (WCC) and numerous other majors at the Rider Lawrenceville campus. Also cut are the graduate programs Piano Pedagogy and Piano Performance.

WCC piano major and graduate programs are world renowned and have placed music professionals in esteemed positions across the USA and world – here is a sample list of just some of them:

The cutting of the piano major also harms the entire mission of Westminster Choir College.

Piano majors inspire; they keep the academic, cultural and musical environment in touch with the great repertoire that must be passed on to the next generation. Piano majors, through their experiences with the great repertoire, with learning to project infinite varieties in tone, articulation, style, acquiring a virtuoso technique, they lead, not only follow. They help a generation of parents too often lacking in opportunities for lessons to see and hear their children grow their facility at the piano, give performances that move audiences, learn to pass this art on through ways of teaching children and adults privately and in groups.

We the undersigned call for the immediate rescinding of the decision to cut the piano major and piano graduate programs. We also call for the rescinding of the other cuts to majors at Rider University.


We also condemn the unilateral nature that the administration has used in attempting to impose these cuts and call for all future such major decisions to only be reached after a transparent open dialogue with the entire university community including students and faculty.

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