Message from the President

Submitted by divers on Mon, 08/28/2023 - 13:19
James Knight

As the new KMTA president, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to all of you. I have been a member of KMTA for almost 7 years in which time I have served in the capacity of Collaborative Music Chair and of course President-Elect. I am also the piano professor at Friends University in Wichita where I am in my 28th year of teaching.

I would also like to thank Dr. Brett Janssen for his years of committed leadership as President as well as his help and guidance to me as I assume the reins of presidential duty. I would also like to commend the executive board and leaders in our local associations for all of the hard work they do in helping to keep a thriving music environment in our state. I look forward to working with them in my new role.

We have had an exciting few months starting with the State Conference on September 22 and 23 at Washburn University under the leadership of Lucy Tan. District auditions were a great success as well as the State auditions on October 28 and 29 under the leadership of Emily Yeh. Thanks to all teachers, students, adjudicators, and organizers in making these events run so smoothly.

Also, a reminder of the upcoming MTNA national conference held in Atlanta on March 16-20. This promises to be a wonderful time of learning and camaraderie!

I hope all of you are enjoying a rewarding semester in your teaching and that you feel encouraged by our organization.

Thank you again for your trust in me in assuming the role of KMTA president and I look forward to our time working together.