Greetings ITEA members!
I hope that your bags are packed for Linz, Austria! ITEC 2012 is just around the corner and there is still time to make your reservations. Steven Mead and Hubert Gurtner have done a fantastic job of planning and organizing, down to the very last detail, for the conference. The artistry and entertainment will exceed our expectations, I’m sure. For me, attending an ITEC has always been a huge inspiration and I know this summer will be no exception. Hearing world-class artistry, hearing new works for tuba and euphonium, attending lectures and master classes, networking, and immersing myself in another culture- it’s amazing. If you are not able to attend, don’t worry – you can read about all of it in the Fall ITEA Journal and visit the ITEA website for highlights and overviews.
I would like to offer my sincerest appreciation to Kathy Brantigan, our outgoing Tuba-Euphonium Press Chair. Her service to ITEA has been exemplary in numerous capacities over the years. Kathy served as Treasurer from 2000-2008 and as TE Press Chair from 2009-2011, not to mention hosting an incredible ITEC in Denver, CO! Her service over the past 10 years has set a precedent that ITEA will strive to maintain as we move forward. Many thanks are extended to Kathy for sharing her passion and expertise with her colleagues and with the International Tuba Euphonium Association.
On a different subject, I have been reflecting lately about my former teachers and mentors. I owe each of them a phone call and a whole hearted “thank you.” In my life as a college professor, I hear myself talking to my students and realize that my teachers said the exact same things to me, albeit in a slightly different way. And then I reflect on how, as a young person, I may have interpreted the information, processed it, and finally applied it (perhaps 10 years later)! The role of an educator is very powerful. As teachers, not only do we teach about music or how to play the tuba and euphonium, but most importantly we teach lessons about life. I am grateful for all of my life teachers (Robert Spevacek, Rex Martin, Sam Pilafian) and for all of the people who inspired me along the way. As tuba and euphonium players we have a calling to share our knowledge with the younger generation. Young players can emerge with even better technique, inspired musicality, and new ideas for the advancement of our instruments. I say to the world’s teachers of tuba and euphonium – merci, danke, gracias, arigato, takk, m goi saai nei, THANK YOU!