Happy New Year to all ANCA members around Australia!
I dare say that we’ve all cranked up our choral activities in earnest now that the end of January is behind us. Choralfest 2017 Brisbane is now very clearly on the horizon so I do hope you’ve been able to engage the PD exigencies and register to attend what will be our best Choralfest yet.
The ANCA Brisbane Choralfest is our main event nationally this year. Check out the Choralfest website for all of the details. All of the necessary arrangements are in place for a fantastic conference and everything is in readiness for your registration. As I have recently increased my young choir activity, I can’t wait to extend my knowledge of this area with André Thomas and Elise Bradley, two superb musicians and wonderful people to boot. I’m also looking forward to being inspired by a range of fabulous choirs and interest sessions, as well as catching up with longtime colleague friends, one of my favourite parts of Choralfest! Don’t forget the ANCA AGM is on Monday July 3th at Choralfest.
Looking beyond Choralfest, the catchwords of this year continue to be collaboration and partnership. In my recent PD trip to England, as well as hearing many inspiring Cathedral choirs and reconnecting with their directors, I had the chance to begin initial negotiations with the General Secretary of the Association of British Choral Directors in historic Sherborne, Dorset. Now ANCA is well into organizing another official link with another national choral association. This adds to our existing official arrangements with the NZCD Association of Choral Directors and the American Choral Directors’ Association. As an ANCA member you can attend events with either of these associations for their member rates. As we all know, Choralfest Brisbane 2017 is being run in partnership with the Pemulwuy Male Voice Festival, which will enhance both festivals.
This year is also the year of the new ANCA constitution. This may seem a long way off from your daily choral lives but the existing constitution has become quite out of date. Currently, there are comparatively few guidelines for running state chapters, the larger part of the document being guidelines for the National Council. We are now well into the process of securing low or no cost assistance in this very time consuming process which will produce a document which will serve ANCA well into this century.
Don’t forget to check out the Choralfest website, which you can do directly or go via the homepage of the ANCA website.
Best wishes for all of your exciting projects for 2017 and see you in Brisbane in July!!
Onwards and upwards!!
ANCA National President