2015-2016 TCDA Board of Directors

September 2015                                    Choral Notes

Volume 12
Fall 2015

In This Issue...                

  1. The BE-Attitudes for Leadership and Teaching, by Kari Gilbertson, President
  2. TCDA Survey - Please take a few minutes to offer valuable feedback!
  3. A few more pictures from Convention

 KariThe BE-Attitudes for Leadership and Teaching, by Kari Gilbertson, President

We may all be familiar with the Beatitudes teaching in scripture, but as I write for this edition of Choral Notes, I have considered and created my “Be-Attitudes” to better teaching and leadership. 


The best teachers I’ve worked with have always had the best of motives and intentions for their singers and their program.  I’ve been reading some books about leadership lately and I found a source that lists traits strong leaders consistently strive for.  The Holden Leadership Center observes that the best leaders (teachers) are authentic.   They are genuine and they lead from the heart.  They are courageous dreamers who embrace change.  Authentic leaders (directors/teachers) build a sense of community and they want to leave a legacy.  But these leaders also take time to self-reflect and to self-care.   Without taking care of ourselves and our own needs, we inevitably offer less to those who need us.  It’s the proverbial, “Put on your mask first” speech from the airplane. 


I’ve written about my mother’s motto before.  “Walk in balance.”  As we are nearing our fall concerts and first performances, we lose sight of perspective in our lives, don’t we?  Authentic leaders/teachers strive for excellence rather than perfection.  Perfection is unattainable.   It sets you up for failure.  My motto for my choirs this fall is, “Don’t wait for it to be perfect, to be wonderful!”  Don’t wait to get the right solfege to sing the right note.  Don’t wait to sing on words to add dynamics.  Don’t wait for it to be right to sing it confidently...within reason!  A recent in-service presenter calls directors in our profession, “Professional Nitpickers.”  How much joy can those critical moments steal, stifle, or kill? 


I’m so excited about the planning our board is working on for our next convention and beyond.   You won’t miss what you’ve always loved about TCDA and you’ll wonder what you ever did without the new ideas we have to offer.  You’ll have to come to see what we’re talking about!  I think the best teachers are reflective and open to hearing feedback from multiple sources.  TCDA strives to offer the best that we can to our membership and we want and need your input and reflections to help us as we plan for our future.  What a wonderful 60th Anniversary we had and we have so much to look forward to moving forward.  To 61...and beyond!

So, back to the Beattitudes!  “Blessed are the survey takers!”  Please take two short minutes to click the following link and fill out a very brief survey regarding the work of TCDA.  We are in the process of revisiting TCDA goals and our mission and would be grateful for your input on how we are doing and what we can do better.  Remember, “Every Voice Counts!”


A few more pictures from Convention....




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TCDA Board of Directors 2015 - 2016
President - Kari Gilbertson, Richardson ISD
Past President - Billy Talley, Amarillo ISD
Vice President, HS - Thomas Rinn, Colleyville ISD
Vice President, MS/JH - Connie Horton, Conroe ISD
Vice President, Elem - Michele Hobizal, Katy ISD
Vice President, College/Community - Lynne Gackle, Baylor Univ
Vice President, Church - Josh Taylor, First Presbyterian Dallas
Secretary/Treasurer - Leigh Ann McClure, Keller ISD

Executive Director - Sharon Lutz
Member Services Coordinator - Hallie Boone

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