President's Message

Happy Holidays!

Where did the year go – it is hard to believe that 2019 is upon us and NSAL will be celebrating its 75th birthday. Founded in 1944 nationally, a major celebration will be held in Washington, D.C. at the Career Awards Drama Competition in late May and early June.

This year was a busy one and saw some fabulous competitions in Dance, Musical Theater, Classical Voice, Literature, Art, Woodwinds. and our newest competition, Poetry.

Arizona will hold its Drama competition on March 30 at Sagewood in Phoenix – competitors must be between 18 to 28 years old. Additional information is outlined in the contest rules and regulation.

Our first event in 2019 will be held at the home of our former Board President, Dorothy Lincoln-Smith, on January 20th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Our Afternoon in the Desert will feature former winners in dance, musical theater, classical voice, literature, as well as an opportunity to see friends, old and new, while enjoying beautiful scenery, food and wine. And I am sure we will have some former winners stop by!

This year the National Competition was in Woodwinds, and our Arizona winner, Ryan Roberts, went on to take first place in the National Competition, Ryan, an oboist, has a wonderful background and is already doing great things! He is in Florida with the New World Symphony, has been a sub with the New York Philharmonic, performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. At the age of 21, he performed as principal oboist with the Julliard Orchestra; a member of the New York String Orchestra in Carnegie Hall and performed Mozart’s Piano Quintet in a recital with Emanuel Az. This is only a small part of what he has done and will continue to do.

NSAL’s mission is to support young talent in the performing, visual and literary arts. When you come to a competition or an event where our winners are performing, you can see immediately what NSAL means to them and their future.

Our Annual Awards Dinner on March 31 will honor Russ and Mac Perlich, Theater Works, Detour Theater and EE Moe as Arts Educator. This year, we have added a special Lifetime Achievement Award which will be given to Georg Stangelberger, in recognition of his work in music particularly with youth

Please free to call or email me – or 602-881-8741 with any ideas, concerns or suggestions. We look forward to your participation in our many programs.

Anne C. White, Ph.D., CFRE, NSALAZ Board President