David Zerkel, ITEA President
One of the ways in which the ITEA board is trying to point the organization in a more information-based and service-based direction is to enhance the experience on the website, www.iteaonline.org. There have been a lot of great ideas that have been tossed around, and there are still many great opportunities that have not yet been tapped.
Some ideas for the website that people are presently developing include:
- Creating a Industry Database of every new instrument available on the market today, with product links when they are available
- Creating a video library entitled Power Lessons with the Pros, containing video segments with prominent players and teachers speaking on a pedagogical issue near and dear to their heart
- Creating an Orchestral Excerpt Database on the web
- Creating a section of the site that provides Profiles and Conversations with orchestral and military tubists
- Collecting All-State Etudes Audio Library from each state and providing an audio library of these for students to use as a reference tool
These are all ideas that we feel the membership would find informative and useful. They will take time to implement, but we hope that you will remain patient while the legwork is ongoing.
Some of the ideas that have surfaced as being pragmatic and worthwhile include:
- The creation of a Legends area that will provide short biographies and/or interviews with those that have paved the way
- An “Angie’s List” type resource that would give members an opportunity to review and comment on tuba-euphonium centric businesses
- A Studio of the Month feature that would highlight the activities and ITEA members from a selected college studio
All of these are viable ideas, and again ones that would be an excellent resource for all of our members. While we have a surplus of imaginative juju, we have a shortage of human resources to handle all of these projects. All of us on the board have an obligation to point the organization in a direction that we feel will best meet the needs and interests of our membership. While we take this obligation seriously and are all working earnestly to this end, these are simply too many things to do and not enough man-hours available among the members of the board.
So, to paraphrase John F. Kennedy, the time has come to say:
“Ask not what ITEA can do for you—ask what you can do for ITEA.”
If you have the time or inclination to serve ITEA by acting as the point person for any of these projects, we would appreciate your energies. You would receive full acknowledgment for any and all work that you would do. Not only would you make a great contribution to the organization, but you would also have the opportunity to honor a person who has been especially important in your development as a musician or in the history and development of our field. If you have an idea (or ideas!) for the web that you feel would be a great addition to the current site, we’d love to know about them.
Again, our organization’s vitality and activity will only reflect the enthusiasm and interest of our membership! I hope that you will seize this opportunity to make a contribution toward our continued growth and effectiveness.