From the President
Dear AFMC Friends and Colleagues,
Seems only yesterday we were in Texarkana for our 2018 AFMC Convention, yet since then I have attended two major events in your behalf: the NFMC Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (say “cheese!”) and with just enough time to rest up, Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony in Eureka Springs. I am anxious to share some really great news about OIO—I mean really great! So club presidents, I hope you will bring your treasurer and any other club members whom you would like to involve in state business. I think it is important for our club members to be aware of the hierarchical structure of our organization, and how much we accomplish, nationally, based on the work in each and every club.
You are going to be excited when I tell you the news concerning OIO, and I hope you will be encouraged to attend the operas—at least one each year. The quality of the singing and acting was amazing to me. As musical director for a theatrical company, I confess to a rather jaded attitude. Frankly, I made the trip to OIO a “must-do” because I missed it last summer, and it really is part of my job as AFMC President to attend Federation Days, which closes the opera season. My husband agreed to go with me because he didn’t trust my driving on those winding mountain roads. He attended several of the meetings (and all of the meals!), and enjoyed the special music provided at each occasion. But he was truly impressed, as was I, with the opera productions. A 25-piece orchestra, and glorious voices; hysterical comedic acting in “Die Fledermaus” and “Barber of Seville,” and heart-rending emotions extended by the cast of “The Ballad of Baby Doe.” My husband has become a real fan, and is already planning to return with me next summer.
As you make your plans for the AFMC Conference in Little Rock, please note that it is later than usual—September 29. We have a little business to conduct with standing rules, and a President’s Project, then breakout workshops on making reports and state/national payments easy and timely. Then a bit of serendipity—though we normally do not have entertainment at our conferences, we will be fortunate to hear Eastman doctoral candidate Keely Futterer, the winner of the Marie Smallwood Thomas Award. From Dover, AR, the Arkansas Tech graduate has a list of kudos as long as your arm. You may hear recordings of this outstanding soprano by searching her bio on Google. Better yet, come to the AFMC Conference and hear her live!
Just a nudge: even though our date is at the end of September instead of the middle, don’t wait to register. You will receive a lot of bang for your buck and a lovely Saturday in Little Rock. Register now, and then call your treasurer and at least one other club member and invite them to join you. I look forward to seeing you in a few weeks!
Vicki Carr, President
Arkansas Federation of Music Clubs