President's Message Summer 2017

Happy Summer!  It seems the 100+ days have come upon us again, and NSAL is busy putting together the activities which we will kick off in the fall.

In the meantime, we can rest upon our laurels as our Classical Ballet Competitor and winner of our Chapter’s competition, placed second at the National En Pointe Classical Ballet Competition in West Palm Beach last month – there were 17 very talented contestants, and we are so proud of Juliet’s fabulous performance.   

Next year’s competition will be woodwinds – clarinet, oboe, bassoon and flute- our chair for the Greater Arizona’s Chapter competition is Marlene Rausch, and we should have more information as to entrant’s age groups, etc., sometime in early fall. The National Competition will be held in Chautauqua, New York,  during the NSAL annual meeting from May 21 to May 26, 2018.

NSAL has competitions in music, musical theater, voice – including the new competition funded by Dorothy Lincoln-Smith and her two daughters for classical singers from 23-31, dance in modern and classical ballet, drama, Winston Art and Winston Voice, and a new poetry competition which has been presented by Board Member, Stephen Crosby, to our Board for consideration and implementation. 

Our chapter honored Dorothy Lincoln-Smith with the Association of Fundraising Professionals Spirit of Philanthropy Award at a luncheon in November, and we will be honoring Susan Silverman with the same award this November at the luncheon at the Sheraton Hotel attended by over 600 individuals, organizations, corporations and foundations.  Our annual awards dinner   honored noted philanthropist and arts advocate, Carol Schilling, with our Medallion of Merit award;  Andrew Needhammer for Arts Advocacy Award – Individual; Lisa Chow, Arizona Dance Coalition, Arts Advocacy Award – Organization, and our newest award which we inaugurated this year, Gia Firicano of Arizona Dance Coalition with the Arts Educator Award.  

As an all-volunteer organization, we would welcome your time and talents to help us promote all we do – and help us fulfill our mission of developing and supporting young artists in the performing, literary, and visual arts nationally.  

Please call or email me with any ideas, concerns or to learn about opportunities how you can get involved -  email is, or call the NSAL phone at 602-881-8741.  We look forward to your joining us.

Anne C. White, Ph.D., CFRE

NSALAZ Board President