Winter 2009 issue
CONFERENCE PLANNING REPORT
Andrea Scheve, MM, NMT, NICU MT, HPMT, MT-BC MAR-AMTA
Vice President of Conference Planning
Conference is almost here! MAR-AMTA 2009 Conference, “Music Therapy: Rockin’ on the River” is in Richmond, VA from March 25-28th, 2009. Thank you to all who submitted proposals, CMTEs, and who are presenting in the Pre-Conference institute. Without your wisdom and willingness, we wouldn’t have a conference.
I had the pleasure of visiting the Richmond Omni Hotel in October, and WOW, was I impressed. I love the location, right in the heart of downtown Richmond. I walked down the cobble stone road in the historic area to find live entertainment in a nearby restaurant… that’s when I knew Richmond is the perfect city for MAR-AMTA 2009 Conference. The Omni was beautiful with excellent service, and not to mention, a shoe store right inside the hotel!
Some of the fun things to look forward to at conference: Entertainment! The Taters, Pennyshakers, and BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND… Live Band Karaoke!!! Three great groups to ‘get your groove on’ to! Also, don’t miss out on the Pre-Conference Institute on Technology and the Music Therapist, the variety and scope of CMTEs, fabulous concurrent session topics, and the research track for educational opportunities.
I want to say a special “Thank You!!!” to Felice Macera, our Webmaster, for getting our conference materials online and looking beautiful, I am so impressed! I’d also like to congratulate and thank Melissa Owens and Rachel Reynolds, the Local Co-Hosts, and their amazing Conference Committee on all of the hard work and planning they’ve done to make this conference a success. I’d also like to mention the diligent work of Tracy Souhrada, Continuing Education Coordinator, Karen Jasko, Regional Exhibits Coordinator, Michael Viega, Vice President of Conference Planning Elect, and Melissa King, Regional Conference Coordinator, thank you!
Plans are ‘in the works’ for the 2010 conference, so stay tuned-in for more information. Until then, I’ll see you Rockin’ on the River in Richmond, VA 2009!