Our priorities at this time are to:
While beginning to look for some office work, members of the board along with some volunteers from the community have been taking care of these vital duties
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We thought it would be helpful if we shared with you the goals that the programming committee has, so that you all have better insight into the process, as well as an appreciation for how hard it is to meet all of the goals.
The committee has to balance two sets of goals. The first relate to the skills and abilities of the teachers. The programming committee looks to create a slate of teachers each of whom:
There are a few other data points that enter into the overall equation as well:
The second set of goals relate to the depth, breadth and focus of the workshop overall, The programming committee looks to create a workshop that:
Our teachers cannot commit to teaching years in advance, which means it is very difficult for us to tell our community that we will create, say, a Greek focus in Mendo every three years, or a Turkish focus in IS every 5 years.
We face some difficult decisions every year - here are some examples: We have a cadre of dedicated and excellent teachers who are almost always ready, willing and able to teach, and can commit early in the planning process to teaching. Does the benefit of asking them to teach, which mitigates the possibility of last minute scrambling and the risk that we don't have instruction in some core areas, outweigh the cost of possibly losing out on an opportunity to introduce a wonderful new teacher?
We identify a band that we know will provide incredible nights of dancing. However, we are not sure that all the band members will be equally successful instructors. Does the benefit of the great band and some great teachers sufficiently outweigh the cost of having some weaker instructors?
We have an opportunity to host an incredible teacher or teachers from overseas, at limited cost to us, because they are already planning to be in the US. But we already had a camp last year with the same area of focus. Do we repeat the focus to take advantage of these unique teachers?
We identify a phenomenal musician who wants to teach but can't make the entire week. Does the value of her 5 day presence outweigh the loss of her presence for two days?
We can't support instruction in all instruments every year and still maintain a thematic focus. How do we decide which instruments will not be taught in any one year?
We hope this overview gives you a sense of the work that the Programming Committee does, and the challenges they face. We welcome your feedback and thoughts.