First off let me welcome you to the new "blog" portion of the SWAMTA conference website! This was added so that we could continue to inform our conference attendees and SWAMTA members of the decisions we are making in regards to our regional conference held every spring. There is a lot of work that goes in to planning conference, and every decision is made with a great deal of thought. We wanted to give you an opportunity to learn more about how these decisions are made without overwhelming you with information all at once, so this blog was born.
Our 2018 SWAMTA Regional conference, "Music Takes heART" will be held April 4-7th at the MCM Elegant in Lubbock Texas. As we are well underway with our plans for April, I wanted to being with how these dates were chosen!
Our conference has traditionally been held anywhere from the second to last weekend in March to the second weekend in April, Thursday through Saturday. When looking at these weekends there are many things to keep in mind-NATS competition, college concerts, Spring Break, holidays, etc. It is impossible to pick a "perfect" date, but we really do look at all these things to make it as convenient as possible for people to attend!
Because our conference is being held in Lubbock this year, one major factor that played in choosing our dates was the "First Friday Art Trail." This is an event that is put on by the city of Lubbock on-you guessed it-on the first Friday of each month. The local committee thought this would be a wonderful Friday night activity for everyone to attend, so we are taking extra measures to shift our "traditional" Friday night conference schedule so that everyone will be free to attend, if they so choose.
To check out more about the First Friday Art Trail go to: http://ffat.org/index.html
and I hope you are #LookingForwardToLubbock!
SWAMTA Vice President