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A Few Announcements About 2011

From: Alberto
Sent on: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 11:45 PM
Dear Friends,
As we complete 2010, ACMA is flourishing and growing. For 2011, we would like to encourage even greater involvement, and foster a sense of community among our membership, especially our infrequent participants. To this end, please note the following changes in 2011:

1-) When/what would you like to play?: In 2011, we intend to increase the amount of recitals and musical performance opportunities as a way to increase overall involvement and ensemble collaboration. Our goal is to increase recital diversity- not only musically, but also in our performers. Many of you have not performed in months, or years; I strongly encourage you to share your talent with us, as well as experience the joy of playing, singing and dancing onstage.

In order to better structure our recital schedule in 2011, I'd like your help. Please reply with your "wish list" of intended performances for the following year:
- Would you like to perform at an ACMA recital in 2011? If so, during what time of the year? No need to be specific- an approximation is sufficient. For your reference, our 2011 recital calendar is located here.
- Can ACMA help you find ensemble partners? If so, please mention your instrument/singer requirements, and we will try to accommodate you.

2-) Changes to ACMA Recital Format: Creating an interesting, entertaining event is a gradual learning process. The following changes will improve the recital experience overall, and increase ACMA's current reach throughout the musical community:
-Recital Podcasts: Effective January or February 2011, ACMA will record and upload our complete recitals as a publicly obtainable Podcast. This podcast will allow listeners in far reaches of the world to listen and enjoy our recitals. We will however, continue to feature individual performances on the ACMA website as downloadable mp3 files.

-Performer Interviews: During ACMA recitals, spoken interludes will now focus on brief (optional) interviews with each of the performers. These 2-3 minute segments will contain a brief dialogue with the artist(s) on a range of topics, as well as questions related to musical performance. The questions will be supplied to the performers in advance, and will require very little prior preparation. This spotlight on the performers will help familiarize the audience with the persons behind the music, helping eliminate the line of separation between listener and musician.

Please note: Inclusion in these podcasts and interviews will be optional, and not mandatory.

3-) ACMA Volunteers Needed: The greatest resource of any organization is its people. ACMA currently needs your volunteerism to grow. We would like to obtain volunteers to help us in the following areas:
-stage hands (for recitals)
-additional greeter/money handler (when needed)
-research media opportunities
-fundraising assistance
-event awareness marketing/publicity
If you would like to assist ACMA on a monthly basis in any of these activities, please reply to this e-mail. We would request 1-4 hours of your time per month.

Also, I have uploaded Saturday's music on the ACMA Performances page. Congratulations to all who performed, as well as our enthusiastic and supportive audience!

Our next ACMA recital will take place on Saturday, January 8th 2011 (4:00-6:00 p.m.). Very limited performance slots remain for this recital. If you would like to perform, please contact me as soon as possible with the performer name(s), composer, instrumentation and approximate length (in minutes).

Thanks for your continued support, talent, and enthusiasm. Enjoy your holidays!

Best Regards,

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