I admit I am very surprised to be writing to you as your new President. I am honored to have been re-elected to the Advisory Council, and even more flattered to have been re-elected by the AC to this position. I offer my heartfelt congratulations to both Frank Lloyd and Jeff Nelsen for their leadership of the IHS over the past six years and for the important steps the society has taken during that time. I hope to continue their work and help in whatever ways I can to keep our society’s trajectory soaring upward.
Since leaving the AC and the office six years ago, I have had some interesting experiences that will inevitably affect my new term as IHS “head cheerleader.” The experience that I expect will be most influential was the four years I spent on the executive board of the Washington Music Educators Association (2012-16). This organization is one of the most active of its kind in America, and its various activities on behalf of students and teachers are inspirational. The perspectives I gained with regard to music advocacy and the value of curriculum and assessment will guide my thinking for the rest of my career, and I look forward to sharing some relevant ideas with you.
When Heidi Vogel was hired as Executive Secretary (now Executive Director) of the IHS in 1997, it was doable as a part-time job, involving a few hours a week. Since then, the workload for this position, just like our society, has grown considerably to involve new technologies, more financial details, and more programs, policies, and procedures. This evolution has brought us to a point where we need to make some changes, with Heidi’s help. In an effort to relieve some of the workload, we will split off the responsibility of managing the membership records and create a new paid position, IHS Membership Coordinator. Our goal is to have this position filled as soon as possible. Please consider this opportunity to work for the IHS and its members – follow the link in the ad below to see the job description and the application process.