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quote Being an institutional leader demands constant creativity. The work is important, rewarding, and I derive a lot of pleasure from it. I believe my career as a leader is much enhanced by the fact that I am a practicing composer, performer, and educator, and I hope when I'm done I'll be able to look at a few institutions that are better because I had a role in shaping their futures.


Interview with Aby Wolf

Harry Chalmiers sits down with vocalist Aby Wolf to talk about her multi-faceted and fascinating musical life, her work with Dessa and many other A-list artists in the Twin Cities. Aby shares her thoughts on being an artistic collaborator, a prolific songwriter, and how she's making a life in music.


Interview with Toki Wright

Harry Chalmiers sits down with Hip-Hop artist Toki Wright to talk about Hip-Hop as an art form and to gauge his thoughts on various subjects related to music education.


Articles & Letters

MPR. In Today's Market It's More About Doing the Work Than Getting the Job, 1/27/2012

New York Review of Books. A Stimulus for Musical Colleges? 5/28/2009

Commencement Speech

Harry Chalmiers addresses the graduating class of 2014.


Read my speech delivered at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the International Society of Hildegard von Bingen Studies
May 31, 2008


Thoughts on Music Education

Harry Chalmiers discusses the importance and significance of an education in music.


Shenyang Conservatory of Music Visits McNally Smith

In August 2011, delegates from Shenyang Conservatory of Music visited McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minn. to tour the campus and sign an historic agreement that would allow each of the schools to send students to their respective campuses.