The Catholic University of America


A Musical Farewell

When Professor Veryl Miles stepped down on July 1 after seven years of service as the dean of The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, the law school community hosted and helped to organize a number of different farewell events, both on and off of the campus.   

One of the most meaningful adieus, however, came from a sister graduate school across campus.  
On April 23, Benjamin T. Rome School of Music and the CUA Symphony Orchestra performed a musical program in honor of the departing dean. Miles (left), who was a theater major in college and an experienced performer herself before turning to the law, appeared deeply touched by the moving tribute and thanked the audience and her colleagues in the School of Music for their generosity.
"The School of Music planned this concert in honor of Dean Miles to thank her for her   service and for being so outspoken in her belief that we are one of the outstanding facets of CUA,” said Dr. Grayson Wagstaff, dean of the Rome School of Music.
Wagstaff noted appreciatively that during her deanship, Miles rarely missed a chance to sing the praises of Catholic University’s music school anywhere she could within Washington, D.C., and especially within the local Brookland neighborhood that adjoins the campus.
The former law school dean worked to help ensure that the Rome School of Music is regarded as a valuable resource by the local community. The two colleagues share a dedication to the importance of the university’s relationship with its neighbors and view music as a bridge to understanding and education.
Held in Catholic University’s Hartke Theater, the spring program included the works of Beethoven, Mozart, Dvorak, and Tchaikovsky, among others.     
Among the evening’s highlights were performances by Sun A Yeo, a soprano who was the 2011 CUA Concerto Competition Winner, and Yu Chan Yeh, a pianist who was also a 2011 CUA Competition Winner.

** The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at CUA
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