br> By Dr. Mary Ann Craig
What a two-year ride it has been! Having the opportunity to serve ITEA as President has been a highlight of my professional life. It has provided me the opportunity to meet and talk with many of you in various locations worldwide. Your input and interest has been valuable, and it insures an energetic future for ITEA as our new Executive Committee takes over on July 1.
In looking back over the past two years, it has been rewarding to see the tremendous work that Jason Smith has put into the development of the ITEA website including the “members only” section. Along with superb ITEA Journals, the website is our major mode of communication with tubists and euphoniumists worldwide.
We have worked diligently to increase awareness and interest in the greater international community. Vice President for International Affairs Gerhard Meinlhas appointed national representatives from many countries and is in communication with them regarding tuba and euphonium activities in their countries. ITEC 2005 in Budapest had representation from many countries and the national representatives met together to discuss ideas and concepts for a greater international community.
Within the United States, Membership Coordinator Deanna Swoboda has appointed State Chairs for most states. It is their responsibility to increase awareness of ITEA within their own states and to communicate with tuba and euphonium players in their state about various activities of interest.
ITEA’s second Legacy Project will soon be in your hands. Past President Skip Gray has worked closely with Harvey Phillips in developing this project, and it promises to be a real treasure. In an effort to support the increased internationalization of ITEA, Vice-President Dennis Askew and Gerhard Meinl are working on the third Legacy Project, which will include deserving European masters.
The regional conference schedule for this year has provided an opportunity for many ITEA members to attend a conference without having to drive further than 400 miles. Conference Coordinator Tim Northcut set up regional conferences in central locations for each section on the United States. These have been well attended and have had a wonderful slate of performers and clinicians.
In addition, over the past two years we have become aware of the collection of tuba and euphonium materials that John Wyman has collected. This is a valuable resource for our membership, and information on borrowing these materials can be found on the ITEA website. Also, ITEA is in the process of developing a new attractive membership brochure. Publications Coordinator Jim Shearer and Treasurer Kathy Brantigan are working together to prepare the brochure, which will soon be available for dissemination at appropriate venues.
The recent creation of the Roger Bobo Award for Excellence in Recording and Harvey Phillips Award for Excellence in Composition has been the brainchild of former ITEA President, Scott Watson. These awards will bring attention to the high level of artistry in the tuba and euphonium world and will reward those projects deemed by a panel to be at the best.
Looking back on the past two years has made me aware, yet once again, of the tremendous Executive Committee members, with whom I have had the opportunity to work. These are energetic, enthusiastic, and extremely capable individuals who are dedicated to the future of the tuba and euphonium. They devote so much of their time to ITEA. It has been my privilege and honor to be associated with these individuals. I look forward to continuing to serve on the Executive Committee with incoming ITEA President, Dennis Askew.
Looking to the future, ITEC 2006 in Denver promises to be an exciting conference in a beautiful location. Host Kathy Brantigan will be planning a conference that in some ways will be like past conferences, but she will be adding a pedagogical focus, which will be of benefit to a great number of our constituency. She will be introducing new performers to the international stage. There will be clinics, performances, and panels covering a wide spectrum. Keep an eye out for the Conference Corner, so that you will soon see what an exciting opening Kathy is planning for ITEC 2006!