June 2016



2015-2016 TODA Board of Directors

In this issue....

  • Convention highlights
  • 2016 TODA Membership renewal, click here
  • Make you Hotel Reservations NOW!, click here
  • Register for Convention, click here
  • And don't forget about High School Student Day
  • In Memoriam

Great Things in Store for Convention 2016!
by Sandra Vandertulip, President

TODA Members!  I am truly excited about this year's Convention and the great line-up of clinicians and events we have planned for you.
I am proud to present our impressive headliners: Dr. Bob Gillespie who leads one of the nation's largest string pedagogy projects at Ohio State University; Mr. Richard Meyer, a prolific composer for school  orchestra  from Oak Avenue Intermediate School in California and string editor for Alfred Music; and our third headliner is the Emmy-winning composer, recording artist, performer, producer
and inventor, Mr. Mark Woods, President and CEO of Mark Wood Music Products,
Wood Violins and Electrify Your Strings. In addition, we will have a special guest, Anthony Maiello, from George Mason University who has conducted the Presidents finest as well as the Texas All State Orchestra.  Your band friends will know who he is and will want attend as well!
This convention has many sessions for both high school and middle school directors alike.  And for those who want to branch out, we have sessions  in electric music, harp programs, technology,  full orchestra, sightreading, UIL - you name it!  You are going to want to stay from start to finish! Our board is working feverishly to provide you with the most amazing convention ever.
So sit back, relax, register, reserve housing, invite a friend to come along and see you all in San Antonio!!

Join the TODA Party!!
by Christina Bires, Secretary

Every year, we as directors, work to recruit and retain students for our program because we know the benefits of orchestra.  We spend countless hours thinking of new ways to invigorate and encourage students to join our programs.  Now it is time for us to think about ways to invigorate membership to TODA and CONVENTION!  We all need to become activists for our amazing organization!   

If each member could personally ask one person to join TODA and come to convention, just imagine how many new faces we could all meet and network with! If you work with first-year teachers, student teachers, teachers who are new Texas, or even veteran teachers that aren't members, be sure to talk to them about the wonderful benefits in becoming a member of TODA and coming to Convention. 

TODA Board of Directors

President, Sandra Vandertulip, Round Rock ISD
Past President,
Jason Thibodeaux, Northeast ISD
VP/Treasurer, Lamar Smith, Carrollton ISD
Secretary, Christina Bires, Clear Brook HS
Member-At-Large, Sixto Elizondo IV, Ronald Reagan HS

Executive Director, Sharon Lutz
Member Services Coordinator, Hallie Boone

7900 Centre Park Drive, Suite A
Austin, TX  78754

Summer Reading Sessions
by Jason Thibodeaux, Past President

In the past few day's 278 titles have been submitted for the TODA reading sessions!  There is no doubt the sessions will be fantastic this year!  At the end of every reading session the music will be given away so be sure to hold on to your tickets!  Here's a list of reading sessions and their conductors:

Reading Session #1 Grade 2-3 Margaret Brown, Friday, July 22nd, 8 a.m.

Reading Session #2 Grade 1 Justin Anderson, Friday, July 22nd, 3 p.m.

Reading Session #3 Grade 3-4 Kay Vanlandingham, Saturday, July 23rd, 8 a.m. 

Reading Session #4 Grade 4-5 Clint Capshaw, Saturday, July 23rd, 11 a.m.

Reading Session #5 Full Orchestra Gene Moon, July 23rd,, 3 p.m.

Reading Session #6 Holiday and Pops Teresa Nguyen, Sunday, July 24th, 8 a.m.

Mark Wood Music by Mark Wood; Friday, July 22nd, 11 a.m.

Carold Nunez Music by Jan Garverick; Friday, July 22nd, 4:30 p.m.

New to UIL by Ann Smith. Sunday, 9:30 a.m.

Remember to wear your convention badge while attending all TODA Clinics.

2016 Convention Pre-Registration & Hotel Reservations

The Grand Hyatt and Marriotts are SOLD OUT  Don't delay, make your hotel reservations ASAP, click here

High School Student Day
Don't forget about this great leadership opportunity for your students.  Saturday, July 23 from  8:30 - 4:30, it's a day packed with great team building and leadership training your students will truly love!  And it's only $15 per student!!

Registration for this is within your convention registration or can be done separately.  Click here for more information.

Please consider a gift for Scholarships - Please consider making a donation to the TODA Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Any amount is greatly appreciated and allows TODA to continue to support young students to follow a path of orchestral teaching.  Gifts can be made when you renew your membership or you can make a donation online, here.

In Memoriam

Please help us ensure we are aware of any of our colleagues that may have passed away since the 2015 convention.  We've made it simple and easy for you to let us know.  Please click here to proceed.

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