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Wishing you a fond farewell

Today was my last day as Manager of ChoralNet. After a dozen years, I'm passing on the baton. The ACDA has some exciting changes to ChoralNet ahead, so as they used to say on the radio, "don't touch that dial!"
 
It's been a wild but good ride. Back when I started in 2003 as a recently minted university Computing Science graduate, after some long phone chats with Jim Feiszli, Michael Shasberger, Allen Simon, David Topping, and others; with a rough job description for a position with a tiny nonprofit that really amounted to "figure out, and do, all the bits required to keep the site going, and find good ways to evolve the site," ChoralNet--and the entire internet--was a very different place. The website was still largely an archive for the venerable CHORALIST-L, CHORALTALK-L, and CHORALACADEME-L listservs, and we had consistent challenges in keeping all that straight across at least three servers in various institutions across the US...while working around the strange bugs in the then-new "4.0 browsers". And you could throw a backup of the whole thing on an Iomega Zip disk (remember those?) with a bit of room to spare, rather than the several gigs it takes now. How things change.
 
Through a decade plus of writing (and sometimes ripping out and writing again) thousands of lines of back-end source and database code, performing regular e-mail technical support, doing technology upgrades, leading an often-changing mix of paid and volunteer personnel, and becoming part of the ACDA, one thing has been very consistent: the quality of the people in the global choral community that come onto ChoralNet to post, moderate, run communities, do behind-the-scenes work, and bring to all that a fine attitude that maintains a level of civility and professionalism on the site that's becoming increasingly rare on today's social media outlets. You are ChoralNet, and you're all the ones who make this a wonderful community to be a part of. While I certainly won't miss having to poke at a sometimes cranky server and fix bugs in the wee hours of the night (on this site, at least!), I will most certainly miss working with and for all of you who make this place one that helps so many people, myself included, make beautiful music together.
 
Signing out and singing on,
 
-Martin
on March 6, 2016 8:51am
Noooooo…. Martin you have been so valuable to ChoralNet. I am personally very sad to see you go.  You have helped me so many times and included me in many, many things that I really care about.  Your dedication since the beginning has been astounding.  I am sure no one knows that you came to our aid no matter where you were or what you were doing.  I know you helped me out even when you were on vacation.   You will be greatly missed! Good luck in the future and if there is anything I can do for you please ask.  Thank you so much for your dedicated service!
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on March 6, 2016 9:29am
Thank you Martin!
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on March 6, 2016 9:51am
Martin, you and I never spoke nor wrote.  We have never heard of each other.  Yet, I thoroughly enjoy and use what you helped to create all of the time.  Some people check the sports and headlines daily.  I check Choralnet, including the composition sites.  I thank you, Martin. The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His countenance to shine on you and be gracious unto you, and give you peace.  Thank-you, Martin!  Jack Briggs: CU graduate.
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on March 6, 2016 10:04am
Thank you Martin, for your dedication, hard work, expertise, patience and intelligence.  We are all most appreciative - even those of us who never had the pleasure to meet you - for ALL that you have given.
Frank E. Warren   (Boston, MA)
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on March 6, 2016 10:24am
Martin, thanks a million for all your hard work on behalf of ChoralNet and all of us! It has certainly taken a lot of extreme diligence and imagination to develop and evolve the site into such a wonderful, useful forum for all things choral. I'm grateful for your achievements and sorry to see you leave! Best wishes for success (and fun!) in your new incarnation.
Melinda Bargreen (composer)
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on March 6, 2016 10:34am
Yours is an art that doesn't just conceal art, it also nurtures and promotes art. Many, many thanks.
   Nigel.
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on March 6, 2016 10:35am
THANK YOU, Martin, for all that you have done to maintain and improve ChoralNet.  You have created an amazing resource that is so very much valued by so many people.  GOOD LUCK to you on your next adventure.
     — Greg
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on March 6, 2016 10:52am
Thanks for your hard work over all this time, Martin. Good luck with whatever lies in your next chapter.
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on March 6, 2016 11:07am
Indeed, thank you so much, Martin, and all the best in your next chapter.
 
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on March 6, 2016 11:12am
Many thanks, Martin. It's 'behind-the-scenes' people like you without whom our music community – and our society – would be seriously deficient. All the best in whatever you are moving on to!
Donald
 
 
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on March 6, 2016 11:34am
As a latecomer to choralnet, I'm finding it a very helpful resource in bridging the miles and fostering links with fellow composers and choir directors across the pond. Many thanks for your contribution to this valuable network, and best wishes to you from the UK!
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on March 6, 2016 5:01pm
Thank you, Martin, for akk you;ve done! 
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on March 7, 2016 6:12am
Thanks, Martin, for all your faithful service.
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on March 7, 2016 2:16pm
Martin,
I'm late to the list to thank you, but I have greatly appreciated all of your work on ChoralNet and I hope I still see you around at the National conferences.  I will miss you!
 
philip
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on March 7, 2016 7:32pm
Very few understand the contributions made by the early ChoralNet workers.  Besides Martin, other valiant and unheralded contributors include those he mentioned - David Topping, Allen Simon, Michael Shasberger, Charlie Fuller - plus those still working as volunteers to provide ChoralNet users the best possible experience.  With Martin's departure, we lose the link with the creator of the engine that runs ChoralNet. I wish him the best, because he is certainly deserving.
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on March 7, 2016 7:35pm
Martin,
As the person who "passed the baton" to you back in 2003, let me join the growing chorus by saying thanks and job well done!
 
Peace,
David T
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on March 9, 2016 12:24am
I've been on Choralnet since the beginning and it's the best resource for choral music on the web. A heartfelt thank to you for all your work and dedication!
on March 9, 2016 8:12am
Best of luck on your future endeavors!
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