Much to my delight, and perhaps yours, the air has finally turned crisp and cool. When you receive your next ITEA Journal it will be 2013 and another year will have passed- a year with ITEC in Austria, countless other memorable events, and sadly the passing of several great friends of our community.
Looking forward to 2013, I urge you to consider attending an ITEA regional conference. No doubt, if you live in the USA, there will be one near you. These events are narrower in scope than an ITEC but are invariably cheaper to attend and often just as enjoyable, even if they feature fewer events. The outsized artist bill of an ITEC becomes something more intimate and approachable at a regional conference; the artists are more available, the hang is perhaps more relaxed, and jet lag is usually a nonissue. The ITEA Board is interested in expanding ITEA’s regional conferences internationally in coming years.
I am excited to see Michael Lynch’s new TUBA/ITEA history project fleshed out in the coming months. As a member who was not yet born when our organization began, I am fascinated by stories of personal involvement over forty years ago. Robert Ryker’s 1972 commentary, which appears in the history section of this volume, mentions that one of the most important functions of the then-TUBA was to provide the membership with a mailing list- a means of communication between tuba players. Clearly we have eclipsed that mission tenfold, as we can find just about anyone with a quick Google or online directory search. Ryker also speaks of overwhelming numbers of folks in the membership, far more than they counted on.
A little over a year into my tenure as your Editor, I am still without a surplus of original content for the Journal. As we are all well aware, the information age has dealt a hefty blow to printed periodicals, but I am certain that in the visual arts and music there is much to write about that holds sufficient substance to sustain a print journal. Insightful, scholarly, or newsworthy material is still very much worthy of publication, both in print and online, in your ITEA Journal. We will of course continue to deliver our regular columns and news, but we would also like to hear from you. Please do not hesitate to send me a note if you have an idea or several, and I will enthusiastically follow up.
Best wishes for your holiday season. We will see you in early 2013.