The conference continues to draw nearer, and members old and new are looking forward to it. Today we tried a new take on our continued reflections on the experience. We asked Val Smalkin, who has never attended, to reflect on her time with CMN and this year’s Keynote Speaker, Stuart Stotts to share his feelings about the event and CMN.
How did you come to join CMN?
I joined once a long, along time ago…early 90’s but it was not a good fit for me then. I’ve always been aware of CMN and was delighted to join again a few years ago for camaraderie and amazing song resources.
How have the conferences changed over the years?
As this will be my first conference I’m not sure…but I do remember one that was to take place in a camping ground and thus I did not go as I am not a camper…I’m too attached to comfort…
What leadership roles have you played, or workshops have you lead?
I’ll be offering a workshop on “Circle Singing” which is not the same at rounds. It’s a fresh way of composing a sort of ostinato based music on the spot with voices. Loads of fun!
What were the fundraisers you felt have really worked well?
Just ask me…I’ll give!
What was your favorite location and why?
Well, my favorite location would be Cockeysville, MD, but I think I’m the only one who would like that!
From Keynote Speaker, Stuart Stotts:
CMN offers a unique opportunity for musicians who focus on children’s music and education to share ideas, songs, stories, opinions, fun, and skills. One of the best things about conferences past is the late night singing followed by joke telling. The energy just doesn’t stop. It’s great to be one of the last ones up, as I have been many times.
See you in Mt. Zion!