Charles Donelan graduated from Yale with a degree in English Literature, and went on to earn a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. Today Donelan is the Executive Arts Editor of the Santa Barbara Independent and teaches English Literature at the Laguna Blanca School. In his capacity as a critic, Donelan directs the Santa Barbara Independent Theater Awards. He has reviewed classical and contemporary music in Southern California since 2005, and he wishes to thank Scott Reed and the Music Academy of the West for this opportunity to participate in a discussion of the present and future of one of his favorite art forms.