Celebrating Jim Olesen

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Professor James D. Olesen announced his retirement after 42 years of distinguished service at Brandeis. Jim has had an illustrious career here directing the University Chorus and Chamber Choir, teaching courses in conducting, directing the vocal study program, and serving as department chair. While there have been many changes in the department and on campus since Jim’s coming to Brandeis in 1972, what has always been present is his tremendous respect for and commitment to the music, the students, and his colleagues. We will miss you Jim.


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Jim speaking at a luncheon in his honor in Slosberg on May 9

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Jim’s final choral concert at Brandeis on April 5, 2014