Author: Sjoerdsma, Richard Dale
Date published: September 1, 2010
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome, dear reader, to a new Journal of Singing publication cycle, and, I fervently hope, another year of productive, informative reading.
It had long been my intent to devote this installment of "Editor's Commentary" to a subject that I had been nurturing for some time: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and music. Emergent circumstances attendant upon this issue, however, necessitated postponing that idea until next issue. Additionally, the present column will be short; a guest essay would seem to obviate any need for expansive ramblings on my part.
Precedent for a guest editorial, readers may recall, was set with an earlier contribution by Dana Gioia, then Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts ("The Impoverishment of American Culture and the Need for Better Art Education," Journal of Singing 65, no. 1 [September/October 2008]: 11-13), and one hopes that similar contributions may warrant publication from time to time. Some of you may already be familiar with the piece by Karl Paulnack, due to its considerable Internet traffic since its origin in 2004. It was because of the various versions of the speech floating around the Internet, in fact, that Dr. Paulnack sent, along with enthusiastic permission to publish, his authorized text that appears on these pages. The piece finds particular resonance with me, having spent many years as a music department chair speaking with parents of prospective students and entering students about the relevance of a music major. I am certain that my NATS colleagues will agree that Dr. Paulnack's essay represents one of the most articulate, cogent, and persuasive arguments for music in the curriculum, one that gains importance and relevance in these troubled economic times.
As we greet a new volume of the journal, we need also to sing a couple of farewells. For personal reasons, Paul Kiesgen has asked to be relieved of his duties as a member of the Editorial Board. I wish to record my deep gratitude to Paul for his years of service in that capacity, his valued contributions to periodical and Association, and his friendship.
This is perhaps an appropriate occasion to acknowledge the invaluable-and unremunerated-contributions to the publication by all members of the Editorial Board. Contrary to what a number of readers assume, at least, according to the recent survey, JOS is, in fact, a refereed periodical. I rely heavily upon Editorial Board members both for the evaluation of manuscripts and advice in other journalistic matters. For their generous offering of copious time and talent, I am most grateful.
John Burgin is unilaterally responsible for the creation and maintenance of the Online Journal Index, which has become a valuable reference and research tool, and for which labor of love we own John a huge debt of gratitude. Alas, John has determined to discontinue his management of that resource, and, while he cannot be replaced, we must find a successor. I am pleased to announce that Andrew Adams has agreed to assume responsibility for the JOS Online Index. Andrews scholarship is well documented, and I am delighted to welcome him to the position. At the same time, I encourage exploration and use of our unique bibliographic resource by those still unfamiliar with it.
Now, dear reader, I am pleased to introduce Volume 67, number 1!