|“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” A time when we can reflect on the memories and exciting activities of the ending year and look forward to the future. This year, NANM has been fortunate to host an informative and entertaining 99th Annual Convention in Las Vegas, NV and countless music events in our respective branches throughout the country.
The year 2019 promises to be just as exciting as we look forward to our 100th Anniversary celebration in Chicago. The National Board and the Centennial Planning Committee have been tirelessly working to bring to our membership and the world an historic event worthy of this great organization. I am personally excited about the premiere of our commissioned work, the “Shine Symphony” by William Banfield. This endeavor was made possible by the members of the Centennial Club, whose names will be published on the score in perpetuity. Thanks for your kind donations and it is not too late to join the Club or complete your donation pledges.
The Chicago convention will debut more than commissioned works. We will present a wonderful professional development opportunity called the NANM Institute. These concurrent workshops will allow music educators to receive professional development credit in instrumental and vocal music education. The institute is open to our membership and hopefully encourages participation from local music educators.
We will also continue with Phase II of our Branch Constitution and Bylaws Update. Second Vice President, Sylvia Hollifield will be asking branches to submit an update their Policies and Procedures. Phase III will conclude with a Re-Chartering Ceremony during our 100th Anniversary Convention.
As I come to the end of my tenure as President of this great organization, I want to thank the members of the National Board and the local Branch Presidents for their hard work and willingness to help build a stronger NANM. It has been my desire to help prepare NANM for its next century and I feel we are headed in a positive direction. Most importantly, I would like to thank YOU, the NANM membership for your many volunteer hours and dedicated service in making music possible in our local communities. Your love for NANM is priceless!
The holiday season can be overwhelming for most musicians. As we put our Messiah scores back on the shelf, light our Kwanzaa Candles and review the words to “Auld Lang Syne” let’s take a moment to reflect on how blessed we are. I look forward to seeing what the future has in store for NANM and our musical lives in general. For I truly believe that “every round goes higher and higher!”
Here’s wishing you and your family a Happy Holiday and a Prosperous New Year!