Bert Van Dyke
Director of State Choral & S&E Festivals
We all benefit when we attend a quality festival experience with our students so let’s begin with a huge THANK YOU to our Supervisors, festival Hosts, Coordinators, and Volunteers who ran our 2018 festivals! These are the persons who provide the setting for our students to apply their learning from our classrooms in a dynamic, interactive context, working with top-notch professionals and sharing the experience with others from around our region and state.
If you are interested in serving in some capacity with State Events, let me know! We currently need a Coordinator for State SE East and a Supervisor of State Choral Festivals. And as we plan for 2019 there will be more opportunities to help.
We are all in this together. You should volunteer! Besides - you kind of have to now - MSVMA recently adopted a policy that asks every member to volunteer in some capacity during the school year. You’ll hear more details before next fall. So what are some great options for volunteering?
My short list of suggestions would include:
Just help out at festival for a day! Work in the office or chair a room, but chip in and help with the work. Stressed about volunteering and attending with your kids? Volunteer for a time, day, or a festival when you are not taking students. There are endless ways to help out. This is the easiest commitment but it makes a huge impact on the quality of the festival.
Got some festival experience? Step up and serve as District Manager, or Host a District event.
You could be a State Festival Host or Coordinator.
Serve on one of our area committees – more news to come on this soon.
Maybe you’re ready to serve on the MSVMA Board – we are a self-governed organization. These positions are filled by elections of qualified candidates on a regular basis.
MSVMA has been the single best influence on my development as an Educator. Serving as a volunteer has brought me infinitely more insight, depth, understanding and growth; essentially amplifying the positive influence on my teaching.