Happy New Year from the ISA! With the turning over of our calendars it is always a good moment to take stock of where we are and where we are going. It is going to be an exciting year at the ISA with growing numbers of students and exciting opportunities for student performances and outreach this year. I am especially looking forward to our Annual Concert in March when we all gather together as an ISA family and celebrate all of the musical achievements of our children. What a gift that they are being given: to pursue the noble art of music while developing character and beautiful hearts. As we are all “in the trenches” of practicing with our children who more often than not drag their heels and roll their eyes at us, remember that vision that the patient, persistent investment you are making will bear fruit richly in their character for the rest of their lives.
As the new President of the Board of Directors, it is my great honor to serve the academy, our faculty, our families, and our students. I must publicly give a huge heartfelt thanks to Lisa Heid, whose term as President just ended in January. Her tireless work over the last three years has made an impact on the academy that cannot possibly be overstated. Her investment in a significant season for us has been like an iceberg: what most people will see is only the tiniest tip of the incredible contribution that she has made. Thank you, Lisa, for everything you have done and have given to the ISA. We truly wouldn’t be where we are today without you!