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Notes from the President

Dear SAMTA members,

Hope youve all had a wonderful summer! I am humbled and honored to step in as President for this next term. The San Antonio Music Teachers Association has always been an incredible resource in my teaching career so I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in this capacity. Personally, I have gained an incredibly rich amount of knowledge and practical experiences through collaborating with colleagues and making connections through SAMTA. This organization is more than just activities to keep students busy or meetings for teachers to attend. We seek to enrich the music community of San Antonio and surrounding areas and we cant do it without you. Thank you in advance for your participation and commitment in the coming year!

I also want to thank our immediate past-president, Omar Granados, for his constant leadership and willingness to serve for the past few years. The hard work and energy that he has put into this organization is an inspiration to all of us and helps SAMTA continue to serve San Antonio and surrounding music communities. Omar will continue to serve on the board as senior vice president and handle SAMTA membership.

Im so excited to serve alongside some wonderful colleagues on the board this year! Their enthusiasm and vision for the organization has already been an encouragement to me and we cant wait to share them with you! Special thanks to those continuing to serve on the board: Omar Granados, Toni Salmons, Heather Stagg, Justin Reich, Sharon Herning, Deborah Rhine, Peter Steigerwald, Ginny Godsey, Elizabeth Guiterrez, and Victoria Folks.

Please join me in welcoming the following people to our board: Pamela Fischer as Student Affiliate Chair, Glendora Garza as Student Recital Chair, Darlene Taylor as co-Treasurer, Zelda Menesus-Ruiz as Theory Test co-chair and Thomas Masinter as Secretary. Thank you for volunteering your time and effort to help make this year successful and productive for SAMTA!

In addition, we want to honor those that have faithfully served in the following positions but will not be continuing this year: Jen Covington as Composition Chair, Leah Sengler as Student Affiliate Chair, Lisa Malek as Student Recital Chair, and Pablo Aguilar as senior vice president and Membership Chair. We thank you for your expertise and example of constant care and genuine passion.

Also, a special thank you to each of you who labor to instill a passion for music in your students everyday. SAMTA wouldnt be what it is today without the caliber of teachers that are a part of this organization. April 14, 1915 will be SAMTAs 100th Anniversary and in honor of that we want to celebrate and collaborate together to make this the best year yet!

All the best,

Dorothy Yan


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