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

I have been a member of ICFAD since 2011.  During that time I have witnessed the successful administrative and leadership changes that have taken place over the years and truly believe that the organization is poised to expand its influence nationally and internationally.  I have attended each of the national conferences and presented at one of them.  I have also attended one of the international symposia.  While I have not had an opportunity to participate in a leadership position, I have supported the organization as best as I can as a member.  I have been asked to serve on the Global Connections Committee.

My experience includes being an active member of boards of trustees/governors for national and regional organizations 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), Lubbock Symphony Board of Trustees, etc.))  In addition, I have served as a site team leader for the National Association of Schools of Music, and participated, in my roll as Dean at two large universities, in creating the self-studies for NASAD, NAST, and NASD.  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 possible case 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 me for a leadership role at an organization whose impact is crucial for all the arts. If given the opportunity to serve, it would be an honor and a privilege.