President’s Corner Deanna Swoboda (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Happy New Year! As always, the new year offers a fresh start, a new beginning, and an opportunity to set and achieve new goals. For ITEA, we are excited about creating new and interesting offerings for our membership, celebrating the tuba and euphonium through regional conferences, and continually thinking about new ways to promote and advance our instruments.
2013 is an election year for the International Tuba Euphonium Association. Please read more in this issue about how you can participate. Your vote for Vice-President/President elect is very important. There were many strong and worthy nominations for the position. Thank you, the membership, for your contribution and thank you to the conference committee for their diligent work choosing and presenting two candidates for this year’s election.
2013 is also a year for Regional Conferences. Visit www.iteaonline.org or this volume’s “Conference Corner” for information about a conference near you and how you can participate. Attending a regional conference is an opportunity to connect with tuba and euphonium players in your region. Or attend multiple conferences, supporting the mission of ITEA, which includes promoting and advancing the tuba and euphonium instruments.
I would like to recognize several new members of the ITEA Board of Directors, and thank them for dedicating their time and expertise to the organization. Nimrod Ron, tubist with the Iceland Philharmonic, has agreed to serve as the Orchestral Representative. Gail Robertson, tuba and euphonium professor at Eastern Michigan University, is serving as Chair of Tuba Euphonium Press. Michael Bush will represent non-profit administration and development. Mike Lynch has been appointed ITEA Historian and is serving as chair of the ITEA History committee, which is comprised of Jeff Baker, David Earll, and Scott Roeder. We continue to offer diverse representation for the constituency in order to effectively grow the organization and to serve the membership in the best way possible. We are grateful for everyone’s dedication and service.
On another note, we are very saddened by the recent passing of good friend and composer, Rolf Wilhelm. Mr. Wilhelm was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at ITEC 2012 in Linz, Austria and was celebrated for his valuable output of tuba and euphonium repertoire. His life’s dedication to music and his contributions to the tuba euphonium world will live on and continue to serve as an inspiration to us all. Thank you, Mr. Wilhelm.
In closing, I’d like to challenge you to find new inspiration as the year progresses. Immerse yourself in new recordings, play new repertoire, collaborate with artists outside of your discipline or in another community, commission new works for tuba and euphonium, think big, and keep advancing our instruments. Most of all, be inspired and inspire others!