The last ChoralNet board meeting had a historic feeling to it.
At least, it did for me. I’ve only served on the board for a few years, but I have admired the people that started and maintained ChoralNet for many years.
A quick recap: ChoralNet started because Jim Feiszli saw an opportunity – he had a vision for bringing choral directors together in the early ages of the internet. Over time, the vision expanded and eventually evolved into the full blown entitiy that it is today. Recently, we’ve been talking about the long term sustainability for ChoralNet, especially in light of the new energy that ACDA has under the leadership of Tim Sharp. The ChoralNet board, still under the inspired leadership of Feiszli, has worked hard for years. Things keep getting better and the influence continues to grow.
The last board meeting felt much different. We were talking about the details of a radical change – how we would continue to operate under the structure of ACDA. At one point, Tim Sharp gave us a great word: there are no term limits for members of ACDA subcommittees. That truth gave us the assurance we needed to feel great about the transition – we had official positions to safegaurd the ChoralNet mission as we moved under the auspices of ACDA.
As we took the final vote, we all came to a realization that this was our last vote as an independent ChoralNet Board of directors. There was a sense that we had just done a big thing – that we had taken an important step on behalf of the ChoralNet community.