Editor’s Desk by Benjamin Pierce (email@example.com)
After two years as your ITEA Journal Editor, I remain enthusiastic about working on both maintaining and improving our quarterly publication. The Board has been tremendously helpful and great to work with, and I echo President Jerry Young’s reflections on the productivity of ITEA in recent years.
I write this column from Lieksa, Finland, where I am privileged to serve on the jury for the Lieksa Brass Week International Tuba Competition. Immediately after the announcement of those advancing to the semifinal round, jurors were available for feedback to the competitors not advancing. It was gratifying to see so many musicians, in spite of their disappointment, open mindedly seeking feedback on their playing. Several commented that they felt that they already gained tremendously from the path to the first live round through the hours of practice and the experience of performing under pressure. I am inspired to hear this from the young players; there are never too many reminders that a fulfilling musical journey is not about winning or being the “best.” Also notable is the camaraderie between new friends among the competitors, in this case from 15 different countries! Looking back on my own competition experiences, I realize how many of my current friendships and contacts around the world originated during those days, and I am so glad I made those trips. As ITEA Competitions Coordinator I would like to offer robust encouragement to all students and young professionals to consider entering one of the 2014 ITEC competitions. Look for the complete repertoire list to be published in the coming weeks at www.iteaonline.org.
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