Wanetta Hill (left) and Earlene Rentz
As I listened to others talk about their lives, they included shared joys, shared frustrations, shared sorrows, and many quality musical experiences. Wonderful music was everywhere, but in all situations, people really wanted to support their friends, fellow students, colleagues, and fellow teachers in the effort that everyone knew so well. Many wanted to be in attendance to be a support as much as wanting to observe and enjoy performances. It was great to have a "place" where I could see many persons who have meant so much to me in my life. I had a booth and a terrific booth-mate. Wanetta Hill, one of EROP's lyricists, assisted me at the booth during this convention. It was so incredibly kind of her to invest her time and energy in the sale of EROP music and in sharing information. I took some pieces of music for direct sale, but we also shared the beauty of online publication: flexibility of key, condensed or open score, simplified accompaniments, and additional voicings. Online publication provides almost any adjustment needed for every choral octavo. Quite delightful!!
Before the mad rush.....
Bryce Gage (Choral Director - Marble Falls High School) and me!
Wonderful music and support are going on at Marble Falls High School in Texas! Bryce Gage is their incredible choral director, gentleman, and friend. Bryce visited our booth, and it was wonderful to re-connect with him. He has a wonderful men's choir, and he totally loves teaching and his students. It is always great to know that my pieces "work," and Bryce is wonderful to communicate with me in his supportive, caring style. Marble Falls is so fortunate to have him!
Wanetta Hill has a sheepadoodle named "Pippa." She is an adorable dog, and when Wanetta played and sang A Pippadoodle Day for Pippa, she put her paws up on the piano bench and began licking Wanetta's face. The fur babies know! They know! This piece was one of the best sellers at TMEA. It is for young singers, and concentrates in teaching the major scale, octaves, 16th notes, etc. There are so many musical elements taught in this octavo.
Rehearsal Preparation Sheet
My company is quickly becoming known for a unique service. For each octavo sold by my company, customers receive a Rehearsal Preparation Sheet (RPS). It's not just that I think they are useful. I actually use them when I rehearse my women's choir at church! To date, every piece I have conducted with them has been accompanied by an RPS, and so far, the choir has been ready to perform on short weeks of preparation. The minister of music remarked that we got ready for performance in three rehearsals, and I suppose that was right. These RPS materials maximize your rehearsal time in a huge way. I won't "leave home without it." I hope you will allow Earlene Rentz Online Publications to at least provide opportunities for you to let us know whether they worked for you or not. It's really important to receive feedback to obtain.
And so....another TMEA convention came to a close, but I left the building and drove home with a very grateful heart. The word "successful" can mean many different things, not all having to do with dollars. Did we sell music? Yes we did! However, the connections with other professionals were the most important ever to me. My former students are now grown-up, terrific professionals, and I say with a heart full of gratitude, "Thank you, TMEA, for providing a moment to be reminded of all who have contributed to my happy life in music." Priceless....