Association of Towson Composers

Constitution and By-laws


Constitution

Preamble:

Article I -- Name:

Article II -- Membership:

Article III -- Officers:

Article IV -- Executive Committee Elections:

Article V -- Meetings:

Article VI -- Amendments:

Article VII -- Ratification:

By-laws

1. Members rights and duties:

2. Fees and dues:

3. Selection of officers:

4. Duties of officers:

Constitution

Preamble:

The Association of Towson Composers has been established to focus the concerns of the music composition students at Towson University. The Association will serve as a collective voice in affairs that concern all student composers. Article I -- Name:

Association of Towson Composers. (Henceforth referred to as ATC)

Article II -- Membership:

The ATC is a collective body made up of all students enrolled and working toward degrees in composition through the music department at Towson University. Membership is also open to any student pursuing a degree in music at Towson University who has demonstrated support of the composition program at Towson University. Activities such as performing on the Composers Concert, attending the Composers Concert, and reading a student composition are considered a visible demonstration of a student's support of the composition department. The ATC has no size limit, and membership is automatic upon acceptance into the composition degree program of the music department. Students who are pursuing a degree in music may be invited to join by an officer after they have demonstrated support of the composition program.

An official faculty sponsor shall oversee all actions of the ATC. This position will be filled, by consent, by a member of the composition faculty during the first week of each Fall semester.

Article III -- Officers: The executive Committee of officers within the organization shall be made up of the following offices:                        President
                       Vice-President/Treasurer
                       Secretary

Article IV -- Executive Committee Elections:

The executive committee, consisting of three ATC officers, shall be elected by popular vote. The election of the Executive Committee will be in the first two weeks of the Fall semester. The election will select the five members of the Executive Committee, but will not specify offices.

The members of the elected Executive Committee shall decide among themselves who shall fill each office. This will occur following the Fall election.

                   The entire membership of the ATC is eligible to vote. There shall be open nominations for these positions beginning two weeks prior to this election.

Term of office shall be one year, re-election is possible with no limit on terms of service.

Replacement of offices left vacant by the permanent departure of one or more Executive Committee members shall be filled by open nominations and popular vote within one month of the day the office becomes vacant.

Article V -- Meetings: There shall be regularly scheduled meetings of the Executive Committee.  The time for those meetings shall be set at the beginning of each semester with the consent of all committee members.

Special meetings of the Executive Committee may be called at any time by consent of the Executive Committee members; all Executive Committee members are required to attend meetings.

There shall be at least one meeting per semester of the entire membership of the ATC.

Article VI -- Amendments: Amendments require a unanimous vote of the Executive Committee and approval of the official faculty sponsor. Article VII -- Ratification:

                   Ratification of the amendments will not be deemed necessary for official adoption into the body of the constitution.

BY-LAWS

1. Members rights and duties:
Membership in the ATC is automatic for students pursuing a degree in music composition from Towson University.
    Students pursuing a degree in music from the music department of Towson University may be invited to be members by an officer after demonstrating support for the Towson University composition department.

    2. Fees and dues:
    There shall be no fees or dues.

    3. Selection of officers:
    Officers of the Executive Committee shall be elected according to the conditions set forth in Article IV of the constitution.

    Details of the election process:

During the first meeting of the Executive Committee following each election, the members of the Executive Committee shall decide who among them will fill the offices of President, Vice-president/Treasurer/ and Secretary.

4. Duties of officers:

President Sets agenda for meetings, runs meetings, calls special meetings, coordinates with the faculty sponsor.


Vice-President/Treasurer

Fulfills duties of the president in absence of president; administers all finances distributed through the ATC. The faculty sponsor must approve all financial activity.


Secretary

Takes notes during all meetings of the Executive Committee and ATC membership; types and distributes minutes of meetings to committee officers and faculty sponsor and posts minutes on composition bulletin board.