Tim Stack returned as Taree and District Eisteddfod Society president

Tim Stack is back in the president's role of the Taree and District Eisteddfod for his 38th year.

Tim Stack is back in the president's role of the Taree and District Eisteddfod for his 38th year.

TIM Stack has been returned as president of the Taree and District Eisteddfod Society for his 38th term.

Re-elected at the annual general meeting, he is still as enthusiastic as ever for the role.

Other executive committee positions remain stable with Valerie Audet as vice president, Margaret Rogers as secretary and publicity officer, Darlene McGuire as assistant secretary and Rosemary Latimore as treasurer.

Gillian Herbert will again be the grand concert co-ordinator, Cheryl Earley will cover advertising and catering and Julie Kinnear will be the program book co-ordinator.

Section co-ordinators for the 2015 eisteddfod are: Margaret Rogers, Julie Edwards and Darlene McGuire for dance; Merri Rumble for choirs (taking on the role from Valerie Audet who was thanked by Tim for her efforts over many years); Don Secomb and Eve Martin for piano, Deidre Sutherland for vocal, Rhonda Evans for speech and drama, and Lorraine Edwards for instrumental.

Tentative dates have already been set for next year's eisteddfod, kicking off with vocal on Tuesday April 14 and running until April 18.

This section runs in the school holidays and following will be a break of a couple of weeks until the piano section, which will run from May 2 to 4.

The instrumental section will run from May 6 to 9 before the start of the biggest eisteddfod category, dance.

Dance will run from May 10 to 24, speech and drama from May 25 to 30 and school choirs on June 2 and 3.

The eisteddfod culminates on June 6 with the grand concerts.

Secretary Margaret Rogers said this year's trial of running the high school choirs on the first day of the choirs category and the primary school choirs on the second day worked very well and will be continued next year.

Some exciting additions to the dance program include a small schools section which is open to schools with 100 students or less who are not dancing fulltime, as well as an open hip hop section in the groups and an open own choreography group section (which will see dance students working as a group to choreograph their own routine).

The small schools section will be trialled in the 23 years and under age group in the styles of ballet, jazz, modern expressive and contemporary.

Small schools will be given a choice as to whether they compete in the small schools section or the open section.

2015 will mark the Taree eisteddfod's 48th anniversary.

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