Noel Zahler, DMA
Dean and Professor
J. T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts
Texas Tech University

I have been an active member of boards of trustees/governors for national and local organization over the years (American Composers Forum, American Composer’s Alliance (Treasurer), Manhattan Sinfonietta, Composer’s Guild, Director of the New Hampshire Music Festival Composer’s Conference, Connecticut Composers, Inc. (President), etc.))  At this time, I am interested in turning my attention and experience to the national stage where the urgency of advocating for the arts across our country has never been greater.  ICFAD is an organization that has created impact, in a very real and tangible manner, politically and culturally.  It has concerned itself with how to access the tools necessary to make the strongest case possible for the arts, while never losing site for the need to train and cultivate succeeding generations of arts leaders.  What more worthy cause can there be?  My experience as an artist, administrator and leader has, I believe, prepared for a leadership role at an organization that advocates for all the arts.  If given the opportunity to serve, it would be an honor and a privilege.