I hope that you and your loved ones are doing as well as possible in these unprecedented times. In the HMP, health and safety remain our priority. Our faculty and staff are ready for the new academic year. Along with everything else during these challenging times, our teaching has inevitably had to become flexible to change. We will accommodate the teaching of our students to the best of our ability with the technology available to us all. We will not miss anything when we start our school year online with the new format of delivering music to your hearts. My favorite definition of music is that it is emotional communication. Perhaps that, along with one of Nitzsche’s sayings – “Without music, a life would be a mistake” – could serve as one of our mottos for this challenging 2020-2021 academic year. Music teaches us resilience and makes very personal bonds between people. We will strive toward this fulfillment in the HMP.Under these uncertain circumstances, with our talented family of educators and students, we will continue with the core idea of moving forward. Life will not be stopped. Our aspiration is only one: to preserve excellence. In our time and moment this matters more than ever before. I am grateful to have the support of Rider University, Westminster Choir College and Westminster Conservatory of Music, all which stand strongly behind and believe in the Honors Music Program. We will do our best to reciprocate by educating and developing strong and yet sensitive young people who will lead us into the future. Thank you for being part of our musical family!