Haug served as director of the School of Music from 2005 to 2017. In that time, she brought energy by instituting new programs and exercising her vision while uniting everyone around shared goals and a common sense of purpose, colleagues said. The highly diverse school brings together scholars, performers, conductors, composers and educators, offering programs and courses that serve about 300 music majors as well as thousands of students who enjoy outstanding general education offerings in music each year.
Haug’s many contributions include:
● Establishing the President’s Concerts, which are presented annually at concert venues such as the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Carnegie Hall in New York;
● working to strengthen collaborations with the School of Theatre and Center for the Performing Arts, leading to such outstanding performances as Bernstein’s “Mass” (2013) and Puccini’s LaBohéme (2015) at Eisenhower Auditorium;
● gaining approval for the construction of a critically needed new Recital Hall and for renovations to Music Building I, now well underway and due to be completed by Fall 2018.
● nearly doubling the funding available in scholarships for incoming undergraduate students while also working to retain the number of graduate assistants.; and
● creating a community-university partnership to support Penn’s Woods Music Festival, the school’s summer professional music festival, which was re-started in 2008.