/font> Dr. Mary Ann Craig, ITEA President
I am honored and grateful to be serving as President of ITEA…Honored because of the rich history of ITEA, the strength and vision of our founding members, the ongoing dedication of our leadership, the continuing mission to promote musicianship through our instruments, and most of all, the passion of our individual members toward the tuba and euphonium…Grateful because it gives me the opportunity to give some measure back to our organization for the opportunities it has given to me to grow as a musician and to develop new and lasting associations with professionals and amateurs in our field.
Our organization has been working diligently to increase activity from the grass-roots level to the international level through re-activating our bi-annual regional conferences, including the first tuba-euphonium conference in Russia. During this conference, Guest Artist Velvet Brown suggested that our student chapters of ITEA sponsor chapters in countries where the economic situation is such that it is difficult, if not impossible, to become members. We will be discussing implementation of this idea in upcoming meetings and welcome your ideas. News from the regional conferences will be included in an upcoming ITEA Journal. In 2005 we will be again planning regional conferences, and persons interested in hosting these events should contact Dennis Askew at email@example.com.
Our next international conference will take place in 2004 in Budapest. Having returned from Budapest in late May and having met with conference host, János Mazura, I can tell you first-hand that ITEC 2004 is going to be a truly exciting event in a superb location. What a beautiful city, rich in history, especially for musicians…and the Franz Liszt Academy is a wonderful setting for the conference! The regions of Buda and Pest, separated by the beautiful, blue Danube, together create the city of Budapest. When winding up the cobblestone street into the Old Town area, my colleague, a pianist, said, “How could anyone NOT come to Budapest?”
A special event was held at Indiana University on May 31st honoring Harvey Phillips and the 30th anniversary of the First International Tuba Symposium-Workshop held at IU. From the afternoon concert through the evening dinner, it was a day that will long be remembered by those in attendance. The performances, testimonials, words spoken by Harvey Phillips, and the ensemble’s playing of Come, Sweet Death with Harvey Phillips conducting, all contributed to this meaningful celebration. A special thanks goes to Dan Perantoni and Scott Watson for all of their efforts in planning such a memorable event.
On the day following this celebration, the ITEA Executive Committee met for a daylong meeting, as happens each year. During the years of international conferences these meetings take place daily at the conference site. During the odd years, the committee meets in a different location, and since the majority of the members were planning to be in Bloomington, we decided that our annual “face-to-face” meeting would take place here. We discussed many issues relating to projects and upcoming activities for ITEA. Our areas of focus, where we will direct much energy in the immediate future, will be development of the Website, increasing membership, and the upcoming ITEC 2004 in Budapest. We have many other exciting projects, which will be addressed in future President’s columns. For upcoming journals we are seeking research articles selected through jury review for each issue. Our journal will continue to be the same user-friendly journal that it has been with articles focusing on a variety of areas of interest to you. However, it is hoped that by adding this component, authors will now have a platform for scholarly research essential to our organization and the further development of our instruments.
Finally, please be involved with your organization, whether it is by attendance at conferences, by encouraging enthusiasts, students, professionals, or your tuba-euphonium loving neighbor to become members of ITEA, or by contacting the Executive Committee with your ideas. We welcome and encourage your input.