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New MCAA President elected

Neil Kinsey, from the Australian Welsh Male Choir in Melbourne, is the newly elected President of the MCAA. Neil takes over from Alastair Crombie, President for the past four years. Neil was a prominent member of the planning group for the 2012 Festival at the Dallas Brooks Centre in Melbourne, and is a former President of the Australian Welsh.

The Annual General Meeting was held at Wagga over the weekend of March 28-29th, with the generous cooperation of the Wagga City Rugby Male Choir. Saturday afternoon was devoted to a planning workshop, exploring alternative possible futures for MCAA. Broad agreement emerged about the most desirable future direction, and this will now be given expression in a strategic plan.

Twenty members from ten member choirs attended the weekend - from Adelaide, Melbourne, Wagga, Orange, Wollongong, Canberra, and Sydney. The group included seven musical directors, which made it possible to have a detailed and well-informed discussion on the best way to build the views of music professionals into the Association's deliberations. It was decided that all musical directors would henceforth constitute a 'standing committee' within the Association - probably to be known as the Artistic sub-committee - and that the coordinator selected by its members would be co-opted to the MCAA committee.

There was broad agreement that the Association should explore conducting regional choral festivals in the years between the triennial massed voice concerts, picking up good ideas from other events of this kind.

Outgoing President Alastair Crombie saved his final remarks for expressing recognition and appreciation to two MCAA stalwarts now stepping down - Bev Glover and Leon Paix, both from Orange Male Voice Choir.

Leon was recognised for his "sustained contributions to MCAA 2006-2015 in the role of Music Advisor and recognition of the extensive skills and experience that he brought to this vital task. In particular he has taken a major role in Festival programming and production and creation of the Festival song books".

Recognition of Bev was for her "enduring and devoted service to the Association 2006-2015, particularly in the role of Secretary. Her hard work and dedication to the cause, well above and beyond the formal duties of Secretary, have been an inspiration to member choirs and all her colleagues".

[Our photos show Bev Glover and Leon Paix holding the certificates of appreciation presented by outgoing President Alastair Crombie, and new MCAA President Neil Kinsey

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