Conference Corner (Dennis AsKew, Co-host, ITEC 2002)
By the time you read this we’ll be into the last months of preparation for ITEC 2002, “An ITEC For You.” Our Steering Committee (comprised of seven members ~ three amateur tuba~euphers, a local con~ ference organizer, two professionals, and a graduate student) currently meets weekly to make sure everything is going smoothly.
I hope all you have had a chance to visit the website at www.itec2002.org. More information goes up as it becomes available. Housing, registration, and travel information can all be found there.
Most of you should have received a brochure with information regarding the conferen ce, and registration information . If you haven’t received a brochure and would like one, please e~mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is an excerpt from the brochure regarding the week’s goings-on:
ITEC 2002 is being designed to meet the interests of all tuba and euphonium players. We will have traditional “concerto” concerts, with orchestra, concert band and brass band, as well as many jazz oriented performances. Lectures are being designed to address many different issues, from electronic music to jazz performance to history of the instruments. There will be a display of historic instruments, as well as a wide variety of new instruments, music and accessories for purchase.
A full set of competitions is scheduled (9 in all!) for those who wish to take part (all details found on the website at www.itec2002.org). For those wishing to get together and play at a more leisurely pace, reading sessions will take place daily, as well as the popular LowBlowers Ensemble for amateurs (again, details on the website).
A special guest, Mr. Clifford Bevan, author of The Tuba Family will be on hand for a lecture, book signings and a reading session (bring your copy, or purchase one here!).
Additionally, we will be offering several tastes of N orth Carolina’s musical heritage and, of course, food. Thursday evening will feature a conference “dinner.” Okay, so it’s a barbecue ~ with great food, lots of fun, and great music, featuring the Dixie Power Trio, among others.
For your families, there are several day trips planned, to nearby Old Salem (a working Moravian village), to the mountains of North Carolina, and to Seagrove, the pottery capital of N orth Carolina. Many of you may choose to stay an extra week either on the coast of North Carolina or in our beautiful mountains. Just check out the travel information section of the website.
We hope you will all “come on down” and be a part of what promises to be a truly great week. Remember, save some dollars and register before the early~bird deadline of February 15, 2002.
All the best!
Bart & Dennis