It is with a large dose of gratitude — mixed with a twinge of sadness — that we say thank you and goodbye to several members of our music family who have decided to retire. These friends and colleagues have made many significant contributions to the life and well-being of our program. We wish our friends long and joyous retirements. They will be missed!
Susan Azaret Davies was pianist, teacher and coach at Cal Poly for over 30 years. Her work as an accompanist for the Cal Poly Choirs and for individual students has been extraordinary, and her dedicated and demanding work in our class piano program has helped our students develop vital and essential music-making skills. Thankfully, she has agreed to come back and help us out as needed!
Paul Severtson taught violin and viola at Cal Poly for 20 years, working with music majors as well as members of our symphony orchestra. His thorough knowledge of those instruments, coupled with a demanding-yet-patient pedagogy, provided our students with outstanding instruction over the years.
Mark Rapoport has maintained the grounds around the Davidson Music Center and beyond. His efforts keeping things looking beautiful, fresh and interesting were recognized by the university when he was awarded the Outstanding Staff Award in 2013. His work also provides the backdrop for graduation photos each year. His warm and caring nature matches the quality of his wonderful gardening.