Texas Tech University
School of Music
Lubbock, Texas
November 5-7, 2009
Edward Baird Singer of the Year Preliminaries – November 4, 2009


We are really looking forward to our 2009 conference to be held on the campus of Texas Tech University.  Gerald Dolter, our site coordinator, and the Texas Tech faculty and administration have graciously devoted their time and efforts to ensuring that all necessary arrangements for a great conference are in place.  Thank you, Texas Tech!

Click on the following links for information about the Texas Tech School of Music and the adjoining Student Union Building, and for campus maps.

Conference program

On Thursday evening, The Texas Tech Music Theatre will present a double bill of Donizetti’s Rita and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.  The story of Rita is that of a tyrannical and abusive wife, her timid husband, and her first husband who was thought to be dead but has returned unexpectedly.  The two men agree to a game in which the winner must continue in a marriage with Rita.  Both try to lose; but one must remain.  In Gianni Schicchi, the relatives of the recently deceased Buoso Donati enlist the aid of the clever Schicchi to hatch a scheme reversing Donati’s official will and leaving a sizeable inheritance to them instead.  Schicchi, however, has a plan of his own.

The 2009 Artist Series will feature performances, a panel discussion on repertoire by Texoma NATS members, and a Master Class and Friday evening workshop with our Guest Artist, Mark Ross Clark,  author of the 2002 book, Singing, Acting, and Movement in Opera: A Guide to Singer-getics.  The Friday evening workshop will provide an opportunity for c. 100 students to participate in acting, movement, and improvisational exercises that will assist in integrating movement, voice and dramatics.  This will be an excellent loosening up and learning together experience for the 100 on stage and for the rest of us in the audience.  A sign-up sheet for this workshop will be available at teacher check-in.   The first 100 names on the list, with no more than two studying with any one teacher, will be selected to participate.  Please talk this up to your students and be ready to add two names to the list when you pick up your registration packets before the judges’ meeting on Thursday morning.  The final list of participants will be posted by noon on Friday.

At the end of what I hope has been a relaxing and rejuvenating summer, I invite you to begin planning ahead so that you will not miss our Fall Conference and these exciting programs.


Once again this year you will have the opportunity to register for the conference and enter your students for our annual auditions online.  Frank Ragsdale, our Auditions Chair, will be working to make our student auditions run smoothly.  Please check the Student Auditions information on the website.   An exciting new feature of this year’s registration process is the ability to pay your registration and student entry fees online.  When you access the Conference Registration Form, you will see that our fees have remained at $50 for Conference Registration and $15 for each Student Entry Fee.  It is quick and easy to use from the convenience of your office or home.  I trust that you will be as excited as all of us are about the added convenience and cost effectiveness of paying online.

I look forward to seeing you all at our Fall Conference in Lubbock!

Deborah Williamson
Texoma Region Governor