Conference Corner (Dennis AsKew & Bart Collins – Co-hosts, ITEC 2002)
Well folks, it’s here. ITEC 2002. An ITEC for You! The st ering committee for the conference (which has one pro, three amateurs, three students, and an outside.conference organizer) has been planning/revising/working on a conference which should truly have “something for everyone.” With many varying sets of eyes on things, we truly believe we’ve put together a great conference. There are numerous solo recitals, a large variety of clinics/master classes, orchestral sessions, euphonium specific sessions, jazz sessions, ensemble sessions, student sessions, sessions aimed for amateurs; almost a “you name it, we’ve got it.” For your spouses and families who don’t want to “h ang” at the conference 24/7 like you, we have available day trips on tour buses to differing tourist destina tions in the area. (Revolutionary War sites, a working Moravian village from the 1700’s,atownofpottersandpotteries, and a trip to the mountains). Plus we have a water park for the kids and Replacements Ltd. in town. (For the guys, ask your spouse – they know what Replacements is…..)
Back to the conference….. Every solo concert will have at least one “approachable” solo. (I mean, it’s great to hear these wonderful new pieces, but how many times have you thought – “boy that was great, but I’ll never be able to play that” we want you to walk out going – “man that was awesome, I’ve gotta get that piece…”). We are planning to compile all handouts from the clinics into download able pdf’s after the concert, so you can enjoy everything later too.
And the displays…. Just about anything you would want to have a chance to examine – mouthpieces, music, and instruments will be available. Accessories will be here, too. We’ll have quiet room space for those who want to examine things in peace. With nearly 50 practice roomsliterallyacrossthehall,y umay even be abl to try an instrument in a relatively quiet space. We’ll have a place for you to he k your own instrument for storage, after the daily reading sessions, or LowBlowers rehearsal, or the jazz session you played in. We’ll have an information booth open all day long to help with any questions you may have and registration for those who can’t come to the entire conference – a daily rate is available. There is also a spouse rate for those whose spouses do want to hang around at the conference.
With three airports within a quick shuttle ride (Greensboro, Raleigh and Charlotte) and being located at the confluence of 1-85 and 1-40, Greensboro is very easy to get to – no excuses there, so come on down. If, for whatever reason, you can’t, we’ll be posting reviews on the conference website during the week at www.itec2002.org. Our goal in planning this conference was to have each and every attendee feel as if something was planned just for them. Come find out if we succeeded!
All the best,
Dennis and Bart