br> By Dr. Mary Ann Craig
What a great time we had in Budapest! Superb recitals, concerts, lectures, and master classes were presented each day. In addition to hearing many performances on tuba and euphonium, we also had the opportunity to hear ophicleide, saxhorn, and helicon performances. Artists’ homelands spanned the globe from Taiwan to Portugal to Australia to Russia. ITEC 2004 was truly an international event and kudos to János Mazura for planning such an excellent conference!
Dr. Craig with Lászlo Szábo
|At the conference Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Hungarians Laszlo Szabo and Vilmos Szabo for their contributions to tuba performance and pedagogy in Hungary. Prior to ITEC 2004 Lifetime Achievement Awards had been presented this year to former University of Miami Professor of Tuba, Connie Weldon, and to former Philadelphia Orchestra tubist, Abe Torchinsky. These were very special events. Students and colleagues of the Lifetime Achievements Award recipients were in attendance at the presentations. Many memorable moments were shared with laughter and tears.
During the conference in Budapest, a meeting of International Representatives was chaired by ITEA International Vice-President, Gerhard Meinl. Representatives in attendance were from Italy, Taiwan, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Slovenia, Spain, Japan, France, Russia, Norway, and the United States. Several countries have been holding tuba and euphonium events, and several more representatives are interested in planning events in their countries. There was a lot of enthusiasm and vibrant discussion that took place during the meeting. It is evident that new events will be taking place in some countries because of the inspiration that was generated among the International Representatives by attending ITEC 2004.
The Executive Committee of ITEA held daily meetings at the hotel restaurant during the conference to discuss ongoing and new activities and projects for ITEA. Also, the Executive Committee divided into ad hoc committees to focus on priority areas and on the future growth and development of ITEA. Some of the Board members and Past Presidents of ITEA participated on these committees, which included International, Pedagogy, Membership, and ITEA in 2014. These committees came up with some excellent ideas and plans, which the Executive Committee will be addressing in upcoming meetings.
Soon it will be time to present a new slate of nominees to run for offices of ITEA. The Nominating Committee, chaired by Past-President Scott Watson, is at work in identifying potential nominees. The slate will be set within the next month and will be presented to you, the members, for voting early next year.
In the first half of 2005, regional conferences will be taking place in many locations. Please check the website for dates and locations. Also, please make plans to attend at least one of these conferences, and take a friend, who may then become a member of ITEA. No one will need to drive further than 400 miles to attend one of the events. Many people are working hard to make these regional conferences successful. Please support these conferences and your organization. You are an important part of ITEA, and your support is needed in order to carry on with projects and events, which will ensure a vital future for our instruments.
In the previous President’s Column, information was given regarding John Wyman’s euphonium archive project. If you want further information, please contact John at email@example.com