As current president of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association it is my honor to work alongside the extraordinarily dedicated music educators who make up this amazing organization. I am humbled to have been elected to serve on the Executive Board during this significant time. Truly, the success of MSVMA lies not only in the strength of its current
members, but of those members who have served this exemplary organization over the past seventy five years in ways both large and small. From the visionaries who began the Michigan School Vocal Association (MSVA) seventy five years ago, to those who have served in molding and shaping the vision for excellence we currently have, the impact of your work is immeasurable.
MSVMA is unlike any music education organization in the United States. It serves no larger association and it operates solely to serve its membership by offering exceptional educational opportunities. From instructive venues for student vocalists such as festivals and honors choir, to the In-Service opportunities for its members, such as the Michigan Music Conference and the Summer Workshop, MSVMA has always strived to achieve its current mission statement, which is: “To educate and inspire all people to understand and value the art of vocal music and its lifelong impact on the human spirit.”
I am extremely proud to say that I am a product of MSVMA and that the educator and musician I aspire to be has been so positively influenced by countless mentors, colleagues, and of course students I’ve encountered during the twenty eight years I’ve had the privilege of being involved in this outstanding organization. I know that many members feel the same way as they have shared with me stories of how MSVMA has positively influenced both their professional and personal lives.
As we move through our seventy sixth year, let us renew our sense of pride and refresh our vision for the future of Vocal Music Education in the great state of Michigan. I look forward to the coming years knowing that the creative energy we posses as music educators will significantly contribute to the needs of students who are experiencing a rapidly changing instructional paradigm, and that together we can continue to inspire the lives of all people
through the art of vocal music.
Erich Wangeman, President
Michigan School Vocal Music Association