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From a WKA meeting held in Stuttgart Germany, chaired by Sir Neville Marriner, conductor of the Radio Sinfonie Orchester
Stuttgart and the Orchestra of St Martins in the Fields in London, Herbert
Gruber and Dirk Altmann, solo Clarinetists in the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra,
Mike Getzin, Jean-Marie Paul, Publisher of the French Clarinette Magazine and a
Publishing Consultant for Vandoren Paris, Nicole Duenner from Switzerland, Lazlo
Horvath, solo Clarinet and Conductor of the Hungarian Radio Orchestra in
Budapest, and other guests. Meeting held in January 1988.
After several years of planning, and months on the Internet, the question
comes up: WHY A WKA?
WHY WOULD I JOIN WKA? It
would take a lot to explain the reasons.
A brief summary is included in the Historical Overview found on the site.
The Internet makes communicating with
people throughout the world easy. The
powers of multiple influences have a pressing power on all people and
organizations, including corporate sponsors, and as well as, their own members.
In the music world, there
are myriad’s of organizations, with many ideas and philosophies for their
members. Each organization is
formed to serve their members interest. WKA’s
idea is to connect these organizations via the Internet to form an Alliance for
these organizations and members to communicate with each other. This is common
among associations involved in Music Education, Organized Labor, Military
Associations, and the like.
1988, the WKA was organized to integrate music organizations to work together as
Alliance Partners to announce Festival Programs, support each other’s
programs, and make for diverse communications and truly Internationalizing the
Music and Clarinet fields. The
field includes Clarinet organizations, groups connected to Music Education,
Music Festivals, Jazz, Technologies (computer, software, Internet), and other
WKA’s purpose is to promote the positives of other similar music groups.
Many organizations and their Conferences are listed/linked in the WKA Web
Pages. These lists of organizations and linkages are intended to positively
promote their programs and benefit them. Industry
sponsors have given financial support and exhibitions at various conferences to
help benefit the organization.
The WKA is about positive and pro-active
join organizations for various reasons, most important to be informed about what
is happening ‘NOW’ in the international clarinet world and have a means to
effectively communicate their ideas, concepts, and be a real part of the
clarinet field. In comes Internet-interactive.
With the membership comes the access to immediately contact WKA and other
members on-line, and effectively move ideas, programs, and be
1999, a new book by Bill Gates entitled ‘Business at the Speed of
Thought’ was written explaining the now trends in business computer
automation, internet/e-mail communication, and how total business practice
protocols are quickly changing the world. With
paperless efficiency, major decisions and operating business procedures are
changing all levels of interaction. This
is a must have book to read and learn. WKA
is organized with these ideas in mind, as the Web Site interaction will
certainly be more effective in keeping everyone up to date about all activities
as they become entered in.
the WKA site frequently is a must. In
regard to Music Conference or Congress events Internationally, WKA can promote
future programs. Members only, with logon and passwords, have access to Web core page benefits,
many of which can make an impact on personal or organizational decisions.
Posted articles and the ability to e-mail communicate directly from the
page, benefit professors, students, professional musicians, and others with an
interest in the music field.
In past years, when Festival and
Congresses were organized, with all the great artists, programs, competitions,
logistics, and sacrifices, one wonders who are really the very special people-
the faculties, the contest winners, or the ‘organizers’?
It takes special caring people who
love others and their profession to endure the arduous prep-work to make a
Program successful, with all the high risks of making the Festival happen. In addition, advocates who design and publish resource web
sites to inform everyone interested in the field deserve credit as well.
Stress and anxiety about too many things, particularly making budgets balance,
are very serious issues no one wants to be burdened with. Too little
appreciation is given to these people.
These unsung heroes are the very people WKA wants
to bring recognition and assistance to in having future programs organized and
As this is
now the 21st Century with all the technology of communication
available to all of us, WKA will change to the benefit of the grass-roots
member benefits offered by WKA will revolutionize organization relationships
just by the e-mail asset available to all.
Encouraging members to
submit articles and information for publication
- Information on music colleges and universities.
- Information on worldwide festivals and congresses.
- Chat line.
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