October 22, 2003 Vol. VIII, No. 5

Music Department Faculty Move to New Leadership Posts

Luedders Joins Academic Affairs, Aks Takes Over as Acting Music Chair

Jerry Luedders, chair of Cal State Northridge's Department of Music, has been appointed interim executive assistant to the provost. David Aks, full time member of the music faculty, will fill the department leadership post as acting chair. Both began their duties on October 13.

Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Linda Bain said Luedders will serve as her chief of staff, assisting in a broad range of administrative responsibilities and collaborating with the Academic Affairs team to advance university goals.

"Professor Luedders (right)has demonstrated his commitment to academic excellence as a student-centered teacher/administrator who is an active scholar, performer and conductor," Bain said.

"I look forward to this new assignment with a sense of excitement and great anticipation," said Luedders. "This is an era of great strides at the university, and I am pleased to be able to serve here in a new capacity."

For more than 17 years, Luedders was both professor and chair of Northridge's acclaimed Department of Music. He has been an on-site accreditation evaluator/consultant for the National Association of Schools of Music for more than 20 years, and participates on numerous national and regional boards.

Earlier in his career, Luedders taught at Indiana University and at St. Cloud State University. At the College of St. Benedict, he was dean of fine arts and assistant professor. After serving as associate professor and director of Lewis and Clark College's School of Music, he became director of its Graduate Study division. The provost welcomed Aks (right)to his new post. "I feel confident that he will serve his department, college and university effectively in this leadership position," she said.

"It is a privilege to serve a department of gifted and dedicated musicians in a new way," said Aks. "I look forward to the challenge."

Prior to his appointment, Aks was Northridge's opera coordinator and conductor. He has guest conducted with the American Youth Symphony, The Black Sea Philharmonic (Romania) and The Nashville Symphony, among others, and was assistant conductor to Seiji Ozawa for "Tosca," with the Boston Symphony.

An instructor of cello, Aks has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Opera and American Ballet Theater orchestras. He has toured internationally with the New York Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra.

He is past president of The American String Teachers Association, Greater Los Angeles Chapter, and has taught in the Opera Works Summer Intensive Program and the Altenburger Musiktheater Akademie in Germany.

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