TODA News!

November 2016


In This Issue...

  1. The Value of TODA, by Sharon Lutz, Executive Director
  2. Clinic Submission Ideas for 2017
  3. TODA Membership in Graphs

The Value of TODA

by Sharon Lutz, Executive Director

I hope lessons learned and new tips and techniques from the July Convention continue to live among you as you are fully involved in your new school year.  For our long-time TODA members, and newer members joining more recently, our goal is to make the July convention in San Antonio a positive, energizing, motivating event that prepares you for the next school year.  The Board and the TODA staff invests considerable time putting together one of the best value-based conventions around for orchestra directors, one not of regional quality but of national quality. 

In comparing to national conventions, it is a known fact that our convention attracts nationally renowned musicians and special headliners year after year.  Add to that the workshops, reading sessions, events, and an exhibit floor that cannot be matched to any convention outside of the Midwest, and TODA remains an excellent value.

So regrettably, we are faced with having to address our ever increasing costs with a small increase in convention registration prices. 

Effective in 2017, it is essential we raise convention registration for Active members.  The pre-registration fee will rise to $100 (vs. $80 in 2016), and the on-site registration fee will be raised to $125 (vs. $100 in 2016). Active membership remains the same at $50. Rising costs of holding a first-class convention are a constant challenge, and rest assured we will continue to seek out the best prices for everything we do to operate at the lowest possible cost to you.

We hope you agree TODA is worth it.  We always want your feedback, and please tell your fellow teachers who are not yet members to join this outstanding organization.  One way to keep costs under control is to increase membership anc convention attendance!  We will continue to ensure TODA remains a great value. See you in 2017!

Clinic Submissions for 2017

Please click here to make your submissions for next summer's convention.  The deadline for submissions is January 1, 2017.  Thank you!

TODA Membership in Graphs

With the 2016 membership renewals, we wanted to get a better idea of the TODA membership.  We asked three optional questions of each member:  Gender, Age Range and Size of Orchestra Program.  We thought you might be interested in what we learned.






Geographic Distribution - smaller towns are grouped into the larger cities in the area

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TODA Board of Directors

President, Lamar Smith, University of North Texas
Past President, Sandra Vandertulip, Round Rock ISD

Vice President/Treasurer, Christina Bires, Clear Brook HS
Secretary, Sixto Elizondo IV, Ronald Reagan HS
Member At Large, Danielle Prontka, Memorial HS

Executive Director, Sharon Lutz
Member Services Coordinator, Hallie Boone

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