Dear Colleagues and Conductors,
I wish you a Happy New Year with hopes that 2022 helps us all put 2021 in the rear-view mirror.
Having said that, it is with the heaviest of hearts that your Executive Committee and Past Presidents Council, in solidarity with our NMMEA Executive Committee colleagues, has regretfully determined that we must cancel our 2022 NMACDA All-State Festival scheduled for the last week in January.
This was an agonizing decision for the NMACDA Executive Committee, and we make this announcement with pits in our stomachs.  We were determined to the very end to make it happen, but the headwinds have just become too strong.
Without his permission, I am plagiarizing our NMMEA Executive Director, Neil Swapp, from this morning’s announcement of the NMMEA decision regarding their All-State event cancellations.  Neil phrased it much better than I could have.
“Due to the recent spike of the new Omicron Variant (cases among educators and students), lack of accessibility to tests, hesitancy from clinicians & participants, and a potential decline in participation, NMACDA leadership felt the best decision was to cancel.”
This decision will invoke strong emotional response from disappointed singers, disappointed families, disappointed teachers and conductors.  We feel your frustration and, even, anger.
This, too, shall pass, and when it does, be assured your Executive Committee will get to work planning our next NMACDA All-State Festival.
Sadly, but most sincerely,
Ken Miller
Interim President – NMACDA