It sometimes feels as though I am trapped behind enemy lines with bullets flying overhead. The rigors of our work can be overwhelming and I admit that there are certain times of the year that can be pretty difficult to think of anything other than the next series of events. So you can consider this a message from one foxhole to another.
It has been too long since our last communication but I wanted to let you know that NYACDA lives and here are the issues at hand.
1. Michael Lister (Summer Conference Chair) is very busy securing the details for SUMMER CONFERENCE 11. He has done and excellent job thus far in preparing the details. Please join me in thanking him for his excellent work. If you would like information regarding the Middle or Elementary Honor Choirs or general summer conference material, please contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. The election of the next president-elect will take place early next fall. We have had several people step forth as possible candidates (and that is a tribute to your selflessness and commitment to ACDA.) We will need a “election committee.” This committee will be made up primarily of past presidents. If you would like your name added to the list of candidates please contact me. If you have contacted me already there is no need to contact me. Your name will simply go forward as a candidate for the committee to consider.
3. 2011 Fall Conference ideas. Now is the appropriate time to send forward any brainstorm that you might have regarding next year’s FALL CONFERENCE. No idea is too impractical to consider, let’s just get all the possibilities in the table.
4. Winter Conference session proposals. If you would like to be considered for a winter conference session please communicate with me as soon as possible. There is an deadline looming.
I hope that your “foxhole” is looking more organized than mine and I certainly wish you all the best. This is one of my favorite times of year. The choir is singing well, students are growing and music is everywhere. Unfortunately I don’t have as much time for NYACDA communications as in the fall. Fear not, the wheels of progress are still spinning, albeit a bit more slowly. Hope to see you in Chicago!
Brandon P. Johnson
President New York American Choral Directors Association