2016 - 2017 -2018 TCDA Board of Directors

August 2017                                    Choral Notes

Volume 34
Summer 2017

In This Issue...                

  1. THANKS! and Looking Forward, by Pam Elrod-Huffman, President
  2. 2018 TCDA Clinic Submissions
  3. 2017 TCDA Convention CPE forms

 THANKS! and Looking Forward by Pam Elrod-Huffman, President

First things first. I want to express my deep gratitude to all of you who made the 2017 TCDA Convention a success - the reading session conductors; the wonderful college student conductors (and their coaches, Dr. Elisa Fraser Wilson and Dr. David Means); reading session accompanists; interest session presenters; Texas Tech University student workers; committee chairs and committee members; Honor Choir staff; Directors Chorus singers and staff; the JW Pepper staff; the TCDA Board and of course, Sharon Lutz and Hallie Boone.  And after barely stopping to take a breath, your new TCDA Board is already in the early planning stages for the 2018 Convention.  If you are interested in presenting a session, don't delay - submit your proposals now on the TCDA website!  And if you are willing to help in any way with the next Convention, please reach out to any Board member - we will happily put you to work!

About this time five years ago, I wrote my final "Choral Notes" article as Vice President of the College/Community division.  In that article, I paid tribute to my guides and mentors, past and present.  Those who have moved on - Jim Sheppard, Ken Steele, Morris Beachy, Robert Shaw - and those who continue to inspire me today - my current and former students, my colleagues, my friends.   I closed the article with a quote from Wendell Berry's poem, "Healing."

Somehow, it feels very appropriate for me to begin my two years as President of TCDA in the same spirit of gratitude for past traditions and future adventures.  I hope you'll join me as we dance into this new year of music-making and learning....

We clasp the hands of those who go before us, and the hands of those who come after us;

We enter the little circle of each other's arms,

And the larger circle of lovers whose hands are joined in a dance,

And the larger circle of all creatures, passing in and out of life,

Who move also in a dance, to a music so subtle and vast that no ear hears it except in fragments.


Can you believe it??  We are already thinking about next year and want to hear from you.  Please submit your ideas for clinics/sessions before the end of August.  CLICK HERE to get started.

2017 CPE Forms

CPE forms for the recent 2017 Convention were sent to convention attendees via email on July 31.  If you were at this year's convention and did not receive a form, please contact us at [email protected] or 512-474-2801.


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TCDA Board of Directors 2017 - 2018
President -  Pam Elrod Huffman, Southern Methodist University
Past President - Kari Gilbertson, Richardson ISD
Vice President, HS - Jason Dove, Deer Park ISD
Vice President, MS/JH - Christina Chapman, Lovejoy ISD
Vice President, Elem - Debra Johnson, Belton ISD
Vice President, College/Community - Carolyn Cruse, Texas Tech University
Vice President, Church - Dan Baker, First Baptist Church Amarillo
Secretary/Treasurer - Carisa Niemeyer, Richardson ISD

Executive Director - Sharon Lutz
Member Services Coordinator - Hallie Boone

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