May 13, 2020
After thoughtful and careful consideration, the Texas Orchestra Directors Association along with the Texas Bandmasters Association and the Texas Choral Directors Association have determined, based on the current COVID-19 environment, that it is necessary to transition this summer’s in-person summer conventions to virtual conventions. The safety and health of our members and their families, school children, guest clinicians and performers, exhibitors, staff, and other convention attendees is, and will be, our number one priority.
This has been a painful decision. After evaluating the impact of the current restrictions, we have determined that having virtual conventions is the right thing to do. It is also our ethical and moral responsibility to not go forward with a physical convention. Even if the governmental authorities later ease restrictions to allow convention gatherings, which we do not expect to occur, we believe the expected interactions among our teachers, students, staff and others, combined with the live performances that take place in San Antonio, would place our attendees at undue risk.
As a result of this decision each association will have its own virtual convention providing educational, professional development and commerce opportunities that all our respective members have come to expect from our annual, in-person summer conventions.
More specific information regarding a TODA summer virtual convention will be sent to you with details regarding dates, registration, and answers to frequently asked questions you may have. TODA is committed to providing you with quality and meaningful professional development and learning during this time and we value your on-going support more than ever. We appreciate your patience as we work out more details which will be coming to you very soon.
If you have reserved hotel rooms through our online reservation system (Orchid Events), they will cancel your reservation and not charge a cancellation fee. You will receive a confirmation email. Please do not contact Orchid directly.
We will be in touch soon with more exciting details for this summer's activities!