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James Zingara - President, Higher Education Division Dear HED Colleagues,


Like me, I hope that you greatly enjoyed your time at the 2015 AMEA Conference and came back to your jobs reinvigorated and ready to take on the many challenges that face us every day. It is a time to connect with colleagues and former students; to share information and to garner new ideas for the future. The goal of this year’s conference was to bolster membership participation, and in this, I believe that we have had success. The HED luncheon attracted 19 colleagues from 10 institutions from around the state; the new student recital


brought together 60 student performers from 5 different universities who performed to over 100 people. We also brought new ideas to the table to help establish a unique HED footprint in the future. The luncheon discussion launched the Community College Initiative as well as possible future projects such as a solo competition and a call for scores/faculty recital. The View from the Chair panel discussion brought four accomplished chairs and covered topics concerning tenure, promotion, leadership, collegiality and entrepreneurship.


The HED conference sessions were eclectic, addressing topics in percussion, practicing, choral music, teacher education and conducting. I would like to thank Luis Rivera (USA), Matt Greenwood (USA), Danielle Todd (UA), Melinda Doyle (Montevallo), Brian Kittredge (UAB), Sue Samuels (UAB), and special guest lecturer Robert Duke (University of Texas) for


sharing their expertise through their session presentations.


There are many more to thank for the success of this conference. I first would like to thank Mildred Lanier (HED Secretary- Treasurer) and Lori Ardovino for serving as presiders. Our first-ever panel discussion was a great success due to contributions of participating departmental chairs Dr. Sara Lyn Baird (Auburn), Dr. Kathryn Fouse (Samford), Dr. Alan Goldspiel (Montevallo), and Skip Snead (Alabama). None of the above would be possible without the expert guidance and leadership of the AMEA Executive Director, Garry Taylor.


Thanks again for all your contributions and hard work. I wish all of you a successful and enjoyable Spring semester and will look forward to working with you as we head towards the 2016 AMEA Conference.


Sarah Schrader - President, Alabama Orchestra Association


schedules to attend next year’s conference in January.


Thank you to all our presenters at this year’s AMEA conference. You made this year’s conference fantastic!


The string


presentations were especially interesting, motivating, and rejuvenating. We enjoyed sessions in the areas of ensemble listening, classroom technology, fiddling techniques, bass techniques, and shifting. We were lucky to have some of our own state colleagues present this year. Thank you Dr. Anne Witt, Dr. Daniel Stevens, and Dr. David Ballam for your wonderful sessions. To round out our sessions a performance by the Rock Quarry Middle School Orchestra from Tuscaloosa added the perfect finishing touches. The AMEA conference is such a great refresher each year. It always gives me the energy to finish out the school year with enthusiasm. If you missed it this year, I hope you will make time in your busy 10


Our next AOA event is All State Orchestra will be underway or completed when this issue is published. Thank you to all the conductors, judges, sectional coaches, and teachers for taking the time to work with Alabama’s talented young musicians. This weekend is an amazing experience for all who attend. I appreciate your sharing of your time and talents with them to make this weekend amazing. Thank you to the University of Alabama for hosting us again this year. It is a blessing to have this venue to hold the festival.


I am very proud of all the students who auditioned and made All State Orchestra this year. The competition was very high this year and you should be very proud of your achievements. For those who didn’t make it to the festival this year, I hope you will audition again next year. I remember years ago when I was in your shoes auditioning and attending All State. That


weekend was one of the highlights of my year. It was always great to get together with players from all around the state under the direction of a top notch conductor.


If


your students haven’t experienced this yet, consider encouraging them to participate in the future.


I would like to thank the AOA Executive Board and district chairs, Sam Nordlund, Felicia Sarubin, Daniel Jamieson, Julie Hornstein, Jacob Frank, Matthew Grant, Elisabeta Warden, Eugene Conner, Chin- Mei Li, and Roland Lister for your help this year with all events. These events would not be possible without all your hard work. Thank you for all you do!


In closing, I pray that you can continue to keep your enthusiasm high throughout the end of the school year. Set your goals for your students and stick to them. I look forward to hearing your success stories from this year!


February/March 2015


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