Hello ITEA Reader,
I hope you’ve had a colorful fall season and have been able to enjoy a few OcTUBAfests along the way. After all, it is one of the major celebrations for tuba and euphonium players! And TUBACHRISTMAS is just around the corner. Start thinking now about where you’d like to participate, with plenty of time to dig out your hats and scarves.
ITEA would like to extend a sincere thank you to the Madison Symphony Orchestra, which donated a monetary gift to ITEA on behalf of Paul Haugan, who recently passed. As you may know, Paul was an active member of the Madison Symphony. He had a vibrant career which included playing as a freelance musician in Chicago, playing and recording with various groups including The Chicago Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Moody Blues, and Emerson Lake and Palmer, to name a few. You can read more about his life and career on the ITEA website- http://www.iteaonline.org/blogs/ITEANews/. If you are interested in contributing to this fund or to the project funds of ITEA, please visit the Donation link on the ITEA website. Your donated funds will be used to support future projects such as commissioning new works. Your gift to ITEA allows us to go beyond the vitally important work of connecting with each other and supporting euphonium and tuba music. With your continued efforts and your financial support we can continue to advance our music and even change lives.
As we look ahead into the next decade, ITEA will embark on new commissioning projects in order to celebrate the 40th (ITEC 2014) and 50th Anniversaries of the Association. Beginning January 2013, we will have information about how you, as a member, can participate in a new commission for our instruments. At that time, we will solicit nominations for project composers. If every member would consider participating in this important project, we would most certainly be able to fund one or more new works, helping to make ITEC 2014 extra special. You will be hearing from us in the near future about how you can be involved with this project and become a part of the ongoing “Commissioners Club.”
I’d like to thank all of the university professors who have encouraged their students to join ITEA through our special group e-membership offer. This has significantly enhanced the membership and increased our college student constituency. Thank you!
As the new year approaches, it’s time once again to assess the past and look to the future. Rekindle the joy and find the passion! As a teacher, I enjoying creating this opportunity for my students (and for myself!) several times a year as we assess personal and musical strengths and weaknesses, set new goals, and move forward to achieve those goals. Reflecting on one’s life and musical endeavors in this way is very motivating and refreshing. We all have challenges to overcome in playing and in life and it’s sometimes not an easy road but with reflection, assessment, and goal setting, we can stay motivated and enjoy the path of travel. The reward at the end is satisfaction knowing that you’ve improved something along the way or made progress to the next level and have more self-awareness as a result. I hope that you will take time in the upcoming weeks to assess the past, look to the future, and set new goals for yourself – personally and musically. And, keep finding the joy in everything that you do! Pass it on.