This past week I was pleased to present a joint lecture-recital with the Patriot Singers at the College Music Society Southwest Regional Conference in Durant, Oklahoma. Our presentation was entitled, Out of Obscurity: An Artistic and Administrative Case Study in Building a Successful Regional Choral Music Program. This is of course just a fancy way of saying, 'We have grown, and this is how we have done it!'
Aside from some technical difficulties which delayed our start and caused me to speak faster than I ought, I couldn't have been more pleased with our singers and the responses we received about the program building initiatives I describe in the presentation. One of the telling comments was from an attendee who remarked that it was clear from our musical performance how well we all get along as a team-- which I think is very true! We also provided a spontaneous performance afterwards during lunch, which was just frosting on the cake. (There was in fact, also a very good chocolate cake, with very good frosting).
It takes many steps to grow an arts program, from building your audience to building your musicians. Here are just a few of the things we have found successful at UT Tyler.