Leading Tones Music made its official debut this past weekend at the College Band Directors' National Association (CBDNA) West/Northwest Regional Conference on March 21-24. Hosted by Dr. Andy Collinsworth at Sonoma State University, the conference consisted of daily lectures, presentations, and performances by some of the best ensembles in the country. I was honored to give a presentation about the Concertos for Young Soloists project and the Building Bridges through Music festival. Attendees explored ways to engage with young musicians in meaningful collaborations and also learned about the exciting new repertoire that was created by composers from around the world and is now being published and promoted by Leading Tones Music!
I was fortunate to have many meaningful conversations with college band directors and composers amidst the idyllic landscape of the Sonoma Valley (and occassionaly over a glass of California vineyard-fresh wine!). I left the conference feeling uplifted about the great potential of mixed-ability-level music. Our Concertos for Young Soloists series is just the beginning of an exciting journey to connect diverse communities together in purposeful collaborations!