br> By Dr. Mary Ann Craig
ITEA Regional Conference hosts are in the final planning stages for their conferences. Check out the ITEA website for the conference nearest to your location. Maybe you will even decide to take in two regional conferences during the upcoming few months. The rosters of guest artists and events planned for each conference give every indication that each of the regional conferences will be a dynamic success. When you go to these conferences, take one or two tuba and euphonium enthusiasts with you, so that they can enjoy the conferences and become members of ITEA, as well. We need to be vigilant in keeping our individual memberships up to date and of encouraging non-members to become members in order to support our organization and the future of our instruments.
The website will soon incorporate ITEA Members Only Areas, where such items as mp3 recordings, current and past journals, pedagogy items, a bulletin board, and historical documents will be available only to members. We anticipate that it will be ready to go within the next month or two, and all members will need their ITEA membership number in order to access these areas of the website. This is a much-anticipated step for ITEA, and we are hoping that this may serve to increase our membership. ITEA-Online memberships, which will exclude receiving a hard copy ITEA Journal, will be available at a lower cost than the traditional membership that will continue to include mailing of the journal as well full access to the website. Some international euphonium and tuba players may already belong to an association in their own countries. The less expensive web membership may provide an opportunity for them to also be members of ITEA.
Carole Nowicke will be resigning from her position as ITEA Historian after many years of service to our organization. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Carole for her outstanding work that she has done, which include the thorough and insightful interviews she has conducted over the years. Carole’s work has been invaluable to ITEA and to the history of our organization. We are seeking for someone to fill the Historian position. Further information can be found in the Journal and on ITEA-Online.
Tuba-Euphonium Press has an extensive amount of solo and ensemble literature, which is always listed in their catalogue and website. Please make an effort to support the Tuba-Euphonium Press in programming for solo recitals and ensemble concerts. Also, please consider its publications when selecting works for competitions and study for private students, as well as for juries at colleges and universities. The way to keep having these materials available to us all is to support the publications of the Tuba-Euphonium Press.
We will soon announce the location for the next international conference, which will be held in the United States in 2006. We are anticipating that it will be in a central location, which will be easily accessible and thus, bring a large number of participants to the conference. During the years that we have ITECs in a central location in the United States, there is an increase in our membership. Please encourage your colleagues and friends to join ITEA and to come to ITEC 2006. Let us know what we can do to better serve you, and please let us know of any way that you would be willing to serve our organization.