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  • Small School All-State | My Site

    Highlights from Small School All-State SSAS Band 4 SSAS Band 3 SSAS Orchestra 1 SSAS Band 4 1/7 Small Schools All-State Festival NMEA strives to offer as many opportunities for Nevada’s young musicians all across the state. For years, the Small Schools All-State Festival has been available for students in the smaller parts of Nevada. Students in high school may participate in either the Band or Orchestra. 2025 NMEA Small Schools All-State Location: To be Announced ​ Scholarship opportunity! In honor of James Gillette, NMEA is giving four scholarships to pay for participation fees for this event. Small Schools All-State Festival NMEA strives to offer as many opportunities for Nevada’s young musicians all across the state. For years, the Small Schools All-State Festival has been available for students in the smaller parts of Nevada. Students in high school may participate in either the Band or Orchestra. 2025 NMEA Small Schools All-State Location: TBA MS Band All-State Festival Schedule and More ​ 2025 All-State Festival Participation All-State Festival Participation Checklist: SSAS Student Participation Form Not Available yet Pay for Student All-State Festival Participation fee Not Available yet SSAS Director Form Not Available yet SSAS Chaperone Form Not Available yet Directors Pay for All-State Festival Director fee here $50 Not Available yet 2025 All-State Festival Payments Pay for Student All-State Festival Participation fee Not Available yet Pay for All-State Festival Director fee here Not Available yet If you are paying by check please email David Morris the State Executive. Invoices can be requested by contacting David Morris the State Executive at stateexec@nmeamusic.org Mail all checks to 1125 Avenue of the Oaks #406, Sparks, NV. 89431. Please write checks out to the Nevada Music Educators Association. Scholarship opportunity! In honor of James Gillette, NMEA is giving four scholarships to pay for participation fees for this event. Chairperson and Commitee Chris Hess, Lander County - Small School All-State Chair Email; chess@landernv.net ​ Brenden Holly, Boulder City - Small School All-State Co-Chair hollyb1@nv.ccsd.net Chris Jeka, Yerington cjeka@lyoncsd.org Related Documents ​​ 2023-24 Small Schools All-State Conductors Band Guest Conductor Scott Ditullio Performer and Educator Dr. Scott M. DiTullio is currently the Director of Bands and Lecturer in the Department of Music and Theatre at Thiel College, where he directs the Marching Band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Band. Dr. DiTullio in his 29th year of education having previously served as Director of Bands for the Allegheny-Clarion Valley School District and the Clarion-Limestone School District. He served as an adjunct instructor at St. Vincent College in Latrobe Pennsylvania where he directed the SVC Jazz Band, taught the trumpet studio, and was a consultant for the SVC Bearcat Marching Band. He holds a B.S. in Education (Music Education/Performance) from Clarion University, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, and a K-12 Administration Certification for Principals through California University of Pennsylvania. He completed a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) with a concentration in Curriculum Leadership from Northeastern University in Boston. In 2021, Dr. DiTullio was named as the Director of Bands and Director of the Prelude Band with the Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, a role that he is continuing. In the summer of 2023, he was the featured soloist for the PYPO Ireland Tour. Scott performs regularly with the Butler Musicians Concert Band, the Good Times Big Band, The Harrisville Community Band, Nostalgia, the Pittsburgh Doo Wop Big Band, and The Clarion River Brass Quintet. Guest conducting performances include: the PMEA District 2 and 3 Jazz Band festivals, IU #9 Elementary Band Festival, Mercer County High School Band Festival, Clearfield County High School Band Festival, and The Autumn Symphonic Winds. He is a sought-after clinician presenting on Trumpet, Music Performance Portfolios, Building Success with Performance Ensembles, and Music Literacy and the Common Core. In his free time, he remains active performing with several musical ensembles and with baseball activities. Active with baseball, he served as a coach/chaperone on the Potter Baseball Summer Tour from 2017- 2021. Dr. DiTullio resides in Clarion, PA with his wife Joyce. They have two adult children. Orchestra Guest Conductor Tim Th omas Performer and Educator Tim Thomas is a bassist and orchestra teacher in Henderson, Nevada serving the greater Las Vegas Area as a performer, educator, coordinator, and chairman of many events. Passionate about children’s music education, Mr. Thomas has found a way to integrate himself into the heart of the communities he serves. He is in his 17th season as principal bass of the Henderson Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Director at Coronado High School. March of 2024 will feature the inaugural debut of the Coronado High School Orchestra at Carnegie hall and Mr. Thomas. Within the Clark County School District, he also serves as the chairman of the Honor Orchestras, CCSD High School Orchestra Festival, and mentor for first-year orchestra teachers. Outside of the classroom, Mr. Thomas is the incoming Nevada American String Teachers Association (NVASTA) President, Chairman for NVASTA Bass Workshop, and Program Coordinator for the Foundation to Assist Young Musicians (FAYM). FAYM is a local non-profit of 150+ students from 1st grade through high school receiving instrument classes, private lessons, ensemble training, and instruments without tuition. Mr. Thomas has been a clinician for the Las Vegas Intermediate Orchestra Festival, Oregon East Symphony Summer Camp, and Boise Junior High Fall Clinic. His performance resume includes ensembles like the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Nevada Ballet, Tuacahn Center for the Arts, Boise Philharmonic, and Boise Baroque Orchestra. As an educator he has been recognized as 2022 Grammy Educator Semi Finalist and Rodgers Foundation Heart of Education nominee. 2024 Small Schools All-State Nomination and Audition Information 2024Small School All-State Audition Student Information Students see your music director for more information on the audition/nomination process. All students will need to see their school director for more information on nominations and audition registration. Chair placement are determined by recorded audition. Auditions are required for all nominations . There is no Audition fee for Small School All-State. There is no Audition fee for Small School All-State. The chair placement audition materials can be found below. Students and parents please contact your school music or ensemble director with any questions you might have about your students auditions. Important Dates: TBA 2024 Small School Audition Director Information: Students are selected to band or orchestra by director nomination. Prioritize nominations, as everyone’s first nomination will be placed in the ensemble, then second, etc., as instrumentation allows. Directors may nominate up to ten students from their school. Students must be regularly enrolled in the director’s school ensemble. ​ Chair placement will be determined by recorded audition. Auditions are r equired for all nominations . The chair placement audition materials can be found below. There is no Audition fee for Small School All-State. There is no Audition fee for Small School All-State. The chair placement audition materials can be found below. High School All-State Band Auditio n Links =

  • Advocacy | NMEA

    National Advocacy NAfME Music Education Advocate Podcast ​ Join host Jazzmone Sutton, NAfME State Advocacy Engagement Manager, and other music education advocates to hear their stories and reflections on how to make advocacy actionable for the music education advocate. Episodes will be released biweekly. https://nafme.org/resource/music-education-advocate-podcast/ Hill Day At NAfME’s National Leadership Assembly every June, NMEA members travel to D.C. to meet with Nevada’s Representatives in Congress to advocate for music education in Nevada. NAfME is working hard to provide opportunities for MEA’s to meet with their representatives and share information on how to ensure all students can have music as a part of their education. Below are some photos from our latest Hill Day. Click here to learn more about NAfME's Advocacy for music education throughout our country! 2023 Hill Day Nevada Delegation State and Local Advocacy NMEA is advocating for you! The Nevada Music Educators Association is working to advocate for your music students. This years focus has been on providing more opportunities to more music students and teachers in all regions of the state. Look for more exciting new to come this summer!! ​ Helpful resources and tools CMA Foundation Advocacy Grant Program Reach out to Nevada’s representatives HERE Arts Are Education Campaign NAfME Advocacy Resource Center The Arts Education Toolkit ​ ​ Nevada State Advocacy Information Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website Legislative Calendar Legislature Website ​

  • High School Jazz All-State | NMEA

    High School Jazz Band All-State Festival The Nevada Music Educators Association All-State Festival features a high school level Jazz Band. This ensemble includes saxes, trumpets, trombones, and rhythm sections. Students work closely with a guest conductor for two days before performing a final concert. Students who make the All-State Jazz Band are the top performers in Nevada. High school students audition from all corners of Nevada to earn a spot in the ensemble. 2025 Nevada High School Jazz All-State Audition Information 2025 All-State Audition Student Information Students see your music director for more information on the audition process. All-State Audition and/or Participation fees will be paid by each school and their ensemble directo r/s. All students will need to see their school director for more information on audition fees and audition registration. Students and parents, please contact your school music or ensemble director with any questions you might have about your student's auditions. 2025 All-State Audition Director Information Directors, All-State Ensemble Auditions information as well as forms can be found below. The All-State results will be available no later than December 2. Please c ontact your All-State Chairpersons for any questions or help. ​ ​High School A ll-State Jaz z Audition Links ​ ​ Im portant Dates TBA 2025 Nevada All-State High School Jazz Festival and Conference Information HS Jazz All-State Festival Schedule and More ​Schedules for this All-State Festival are below. All schedules are subject to change and will be sent out to the ensemble chairs or NMEA. For more information on the Nevada All-State Festivals and Conferences go to the All-State home page for more detailed information. Contact your All-State Ensemble chair for any questions or concerns you may have . ​ ​ All-State Festival Directors Checklist All directors are responsible for the following items for All-State Festival and Conference. Go to the All-State Festival Homepage for more details on the Festival and Conference. If you have any questions or concerns contact your Ensemble Chair. Forms and Fees are due TBA Pay for Director and Student All-State Festival Participation fee Not available yet Ensure that each student completes the All-State Student Participation Form Not available yet Directors Form (Google Form) Not available yet Chaperon e s Form (Google Form) Not available yet All-State Book Hotel Room Information Not available yet ​ All-State Festival Payments All-State Audition Fee $15 per Student (web store) Not available yet Pay for Student/Director All-State Festival Participation fee Not available yet All fees are to be paid by each school and their ensemble director/s. All students will need to see their school director for more information fees and registration. Payment Options - These are the 2 payment options found in the web store. Pay with a Credit Card - follow the prompts and put in your card information, as well as billing address information if needed. Be sure all is accurate. Manual Payment (school check) - follow the prompts in the webstore and select the manual payment method to pay by check and generate an invoice. If you have questions or would like to verify payment contact David Morris, the State Executive, at stateexec@nmeamusic.org Mail all checks to 1125 Avenue of the Oaks #406, Sparks, NV. 89431. Please write checks out to the Nevada Music Educators Association. Chairpersons Pat rick Bowen Southern All-State High School Jazz Chair Email: bowenpf@nv.ccsd.net Ron Eichstedt Northern All-State High School Jazz Chair Email: rfeichstedt@washoeschools.net ​ Related Documents ​ 2024 Nevada All-State High School Jazz Conductor 2024 Conductor James Burton III Director of Jazz Education New Jersey Performing Arts Center Associate Professor at Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music Trombonist, composer, and arranger James Burton III has lent his sound to multiple Grammy Award-winning albums and Tony Award-winning Broadway productions. Born in Queens, now a resident of Harlem, Burton III is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Jackie McLean Institute at the Hartt School of Music. While earning his Master’s Degree and Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School, Burton held both the Morse and Gluck Fellowships and received the Schuman Prize, an award named for Juilliard’s founding president and given to one graduating Master's Degree candidate annually. Burton got his professional start playing with many of the great large ensembles; the Illinois Jacquet Big Band, the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars, the Lincoln Center and Vanguard Jazz Orchestras, etc. Additionally, the opportunity to perform/record with legends Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, Ron Carter, and Christian McBride inspired Burton to co-found a 10-piece ensemble called the Uptown Jazz Tentet, which celebrated the release of a second album in late 2020, to much critical acclaim. Currently, Burton’s playing and original compositions can be heard alongside bandmates Jeremy Pelt and Wayne Escoffery in a dynamic new ensemble; Black Art Jazz Collective. BAJC has released three albums since its inception, the latest two reaching the #1 position on the JazzWeek Charts for international radio play. In the model of jazz education pioneer Jackie McLean, Burton is an avid educator and has been a full-time associate professor at both the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music as well as Director of Jazz Education at New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Burton continues to pass on the legacy of the music via master classes, ensemble coachings, and workshops for arts education institutions across the globe.

  • Guitar All-State | NMEA

    Guitar All-State Festival The Nevada Music Educators Association All-State Festival features a high school level guitar ensemble.These ensembles acoustic nylon string guitar as well as contrabasses. Students work closely with a guest conductor for two days and several rehearsals before performing a final concert. Students who make the All-State guitar ensemble are the top performers in Nevada. High school students audition to earn a spot in the ensemble, while middle school students are nominated by their middle school guitar director. 2025 Nevada High School Guitar All-State Audition Information 2025 All-State Audition Student Information Students see your music director for more information on the audition process. All-State Audition and/or Participation fees will be paid by each school and their en semble director/s. All students will need to see their school director for more information on audition fees and audition registration. Students and parents, please contact your school music or ensemble director with any questions you might have about your student's auditions. 2025 All-State Audition Director Information Directors, All-State Ensemble Auditions information as well as forms can be found below. The All-State results will be available no later than December 2. Please c ontact your All-State Chairperson for any questions or help. ​ ​High School A ll-State Guitar Audition Links ​ Important Dates TBA 2025 Nevada All-State Guitar Festival and Conference Information Gui tar All-State Festival Schedule and More ​Schedules for this All-State Festival are below. All schedules are subject to change and will be sent out to the ensemble chairs or NMEA. For more information on the Nevada All-State Festivals and Conferences go to the All-State home page for more detailed information. Contact your All-State Ensemble chair for any questions or concerns you may have . ​ ​ All-State Festival Directors Checklist All directors are responsible for the following items for All-State Festival and Conference. Go to the All-State Festival Homepage for more details on the Festival and Conference. If you have any questions or concerns contact your Ensemble Chair. Forms and Fees are due TBA. Pay for Director and Student All-State Festival Participation fee Not available yet Ensure that each student completes the All-State Student Participation Form Not available yet Directors Form (Google Form) Not available yet Chaperon e s Form (Google Form) Not available yet ​ All-State Festival Payments All-State Audition Fee $15 per Student (web store) Not available yet Pay for Student /Director All-State Festival Participation fee Not available yet All fees are to be paid by each school and their ensemble director/s. All students will need to see their school director for more information fees and registration. Payment Options - These are the 2 payment options found in the web store. Pay with a Credit Card - follow the prompts and put in your card information, as well as billing address information if needed. Be sure all is accurate. Manual Payment (school check) - follow the prompts in the webstore and select the manual payment method to pay by check and generate an invoice. If you have questions or would like to verify payment contact David Morris, the State Executive, at stateexec@nmeamusic.org Mail all checks to 1125 Avenue of the Oaks #406, Sparks, NV. 89431. Please write checks out to the Nevada Music Educators Association. Chairperson and Committee Louis Syrovy All-State Hi gh School Guitar Chairperson Email: syrovl@nv.ccsd.net Paul Kleeman ​ Related Documents ​ 2024 Nevada All-State Guitar Conductor 2024 Conductor Edward Pr as se Director of G uitar Leon High School , Florida Edward Prasse holds the MME and BME degrees from the Florida State University College of Music. He currently heads the four-year guitar program at Leon High School in Tallahassee, Florida, which annually serves over 200 students across four levels of instruction. The program culminates in the auditioned performing guitar ensemble “Frets”, which has performed for the Governor of Florida, Justices of the Florida Supreme Court, the FMEA conference, and many numerous community and school performances. The Leon High Guitar program is driven by a multi-style approach studying all genres “from Bach to Rock”. Ed is currently the General Music Committee Chairperson of the FMEA Executive Board, which has developed a series of guitar-focused events within Florida including a state-wide ensemble festival, an All-State Guitar event, and a track of guitar-related sessions at the FMEA clinic/conference. Additionally, Ed is a partner, co-author, and editor for the publishing company Class Guitar Resources, Inc. He is an active presenter/clinician for various state MEAs, and district training workshops. Ed is the proud parent of three children and in his spare time (what is that anymore?), enjoys playing golf, grilling great food, a bit of sleep, and PLAYING GUITAR!!

  • Events | NMEA

    All-State Festival Small School All-State Solo and Ensemble Command Performance EVENTS The Nevada Music Educators Association is dedicated to organizing meaningful and memorable events for students in Nevada. Every year, NMEA holds the All-State Festival, regional Solo & Ensemble festivals, professional development, and more. To learn more about a specific event, click an event on the menu above.

  • Solo and Small Ensemble Festival | My Site

    Solo and Small Ensemble Festival Solo & Ensemble is a music festival that takes place in each year in Nevada both in the northern and southern regions. Students are given the opportunity to perform pieces of literature that require playing alone or in smaller groups (chamber music/ensembles). This provides students with a unique opportunity to learning new literature and perform it in a different setting. Students will be given one-on-one feedback from an adjudicator, along with a rating. Students with an excellent or superior rating will receive a metal. ​ In person Solo and Small Ensemble Festival will once again take place in the Southern and Northern Zones. Scroll below to learn more about this Festival in your area. In Person Solo and Small Ensemble Festival Southern Zone Festival Date : TBA Registration Deadline: TBA Festival Schedule Released: TBA Location: Del Sol Academy of the Arts 3100 E. Patrick Ln, Las Vegas NV, 89120 Registration: Registration is not available Southern S/E Festival Registration Directions and Letter In Person Solo & Ensemble Chairs Paul Lowry Virtual and Southern Chair lowrypt@nv.ccsd.net Tamara Frazier Northern Chair Tamara.Frazier@WashoeSchools.net ​ Washoe/Northern Zone Festival Date: TBA Registration Deadline: TBA Festival Schedule Released: TBA Location: North Valley's High School 1470 E Golden Valley Rd, Reno, NV 89506 Registration : Registration is not available Northern S/E Flyer 2025 In Person Festival Cost Solo $TBA Duet $TBA Small 3 – 9 $TBA Large 10 – 16 $TBA ​In Person Festival Forms and Documents: Southern S/E Festival Registration D irections and Letter Solo/Ensemble Policy and Procedures Manual Solo and Ensemble Judging Rubric In Person Payment Options Solo and Small Ensemble Festival Participation fee All fees are to be paid by each school and their ensemble director/s. All students will need to see their school director for more information fees and registration. Payment Options - These are the 2 payment options found in the web store. Pay with a Credit Card - follow the prompts and put in your card information, as well as billing address information if needed. Be sure all is accurate. Manual Payment (school check) - follow the prompts in the webstore and select the manual payment method to pay by check and generate an invoice. If you have questions or would like to verify payment contact David Morris, the State Executive, at stateexec@nmeamusic.org Mail all checks to 1125 Avenue of the Oaks #406, Sparks, NV. 89431. Please write checks out to the Nevada Music Educators Association.

  • High School Choir All-State | NMEA

    High School Choir All-State Festival The Nevada Music Educators Association All-State Festival features a middle school and high school level choir. These ensembles include soprano, alto, tenor, and bass. Students work closely with a guest conductor for two days before performing a final concert. Students who make the All-State choirs are the top performers in Nevada. High school students audition to earn a spot in the ensemble, while middle school students are nominated by their middle school choir director. 2025 Nevada High School Choir All-State Audition and Nomination Information 2025 All-State Audition or Nomination Student Information Students see your music director for more information on the nomination and/or registration process. All-State Audition and/or Participation fees will be paid by each school and their ensemble director/s. All students will need to see their school director for more information on audition fees and audition registration. Students and parents please contact your school music or ensemble director with any questions you might have about your students audition and/or nomination. 2025 All-State Audition and Nomination Director Information Directors, All-State Ensemble Auditions, and Nomination information as well as forms can be found below. The All-State Choir results will be available no later than December 2. Please contact your All-State Chairpersons for any questions or help. ​ ​H igh School All-State Choir Audition Li nks ​ ​ ​High School All-State Vocal Jazz Audition Links ​ 2025 Nevada All-State Choral Festival and Conference Information HS Choir All-State Festival Sche dule and More ​Schedules for this All-State Festival are below. All schedules are subject to change and will be sent out to the ensemble chairs or NMEA. For more information on the Nevada All-State Festivals and Conferences go to the All-State home page for more detailed information. Contact your All-State Ensemble chair for any questions or concerns you may have . ​ All-State Festival Directors Checklist All directors are responsible for the following items for All-State Festival and Conference. Go to the All-State Festival Homepage for more details on the Festival and Conference. If you have any questions or concerns contact your Ensemble Chair. Forms and Fees are due TBA Pay for Director and Student All-State Festival Participation fee Not available yet Ensure that each student completes the All-State Student Participation Form Not available yet Directors Form (Google Form) Not available yet Chaperon e s Form (Google Form) Not available yet ​ All-State Festival Payments Pay for Student/Director All-State Festival Participation fee Not available yet All fees are to be paid by each school and their ensemble director/s. All students will need to see their school director for more information fees and registration. Payment Options - These are the 2 payment options found in the web store. Pay with a Credit Card - follow the prompts and put in your card information, as well as billing address information if needed. Be sure all is accurate. Manual Payment (school check) - follow the prompts in the webstore and select the manual payment method to pay by check and generate an invoice. If you have questions or would like to verify payment contact David Morris, the State Executive, at stateexec@nmeamusic.org Mail all checks to 1125 Avenue of the Oaks #406, Sparks, NV. 89431. Please write checks out to the Nevada Music Educators Association. Chairperson and Committee Megan Franke All-State Choral Chair Jonathan Baltera Lhara Groberg Email: hschoir@nmeamusic.org ​ Related Documents​​ ​ H igh School All-State Choir Audition Li nks ​ ​ ​High School All-State Vocal Jazz Audition Links ​ ​ ​​ 2024 Nevada All-State Choral Conductors ​2024 TTB Choir Guest Conductor Dr. Jeffery Redding Director of Choral Activites University of Central Florida Dr. Jeffery Redding, the 2019 GRAMMY Music Educator Award Recipient, is the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Central Florida. Redding has led his choirs in performances at national, regional, and state conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. His choirs have earned first place awards at Heritage Festivals of Gold in California, Chicago, New York and at the Festival of Spirituals in Washington D.C. While participating in the International Music Festival in Verona, Italy, his chorus from West Orange High School received the Gold Award for best choir, with Redding honored as top director. Nationally, Redding is in demand as a guest conductor and clinician. He has conducted the ACDA National High School Honor Choir, the Central Division ACDA Honor Choir, and the North Central Division ACDA Honor Choir, the Eastern Division ACDA Honor Choir and All-State and Honor choirs in approximately forty states. In 2014, Redding was the only American adjudicator at the International Choral Festival, Verona, Italy. Additionally, he conducted at the TAISM Festival of Choirs in Muscat, Oman. He was the Artistic Director for Limerick Sings International Choral Festival in Limerick, Ireland in 2018. In 2019, he conducted the Alaska All-State Treble Choir, the NAfME Central Regional Elementary Honor Choir, the Morehead State University Honor Choir, and the Honors Young Adults Choir, at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia. In 2020, he will conduct honor choirs and festivals across the country, including Carnegie Hall. He will also hold the position of Artistic Director for Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary in Vienna, Austria and be an adjudicator for the World Choir Games in Belgium, Germany. Previously Director of Choral Activities at West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Florida and West Virginia University (WVU), Redding has been featured as guest conductor at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, and Orchestra Hall on numerous occasions. He was also honored to give the prestigious TEDx Talk. He is also one of the conductors for Walt Disney World’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot. Recognized for his achievements and service in the profession, Redding was awarded the R. Wayne Hugoboom Distinguished Service Award for dedicated service, leadership, and excellence by the Florida Chapter of ACDA. Redding is founder and Artistic Director of the Garden Community Choir and Voci del Cuore (Voices of the Heart) in Winter Garden, Florida. Redding is also the Executive & Artistic Director of the Orlando Choral Society, founded in 2019. He also serves as the Director of Worship Arts for the First United Methodist Church of Orlando. Formerly with the Moses Hogan Singers, he remains active as a singer in the professional male singing group, “Brethren.” The Jeffery Redding Passion and Purpose Choral Series is a compilation of new choral music by various composers, published by Colla Voce Music, Inc. Redding holds a Ph.D. in Choral Conducting/Music Education and a Master of Music Education, both from the Florida State University, and a B.S. in Music Education from Florida A&M University. He is a member of ACDA, NAfME, FVA, NATS, and Chorus America. He has served his profession in numerous capacities, as District 8 Chair for the Florida Vocal Association (FVA), as State R&R Chair for Ethnic Music/Multicultural Affairs, R&R Chair for Youth/Student Activities, and High School Mixed Honor Choir co-chair for Florida ACDA, and as R&R Chair for Community Choirs for Southern Division ACDA. Currently, he is R&R Lifelong Coordinator (Community, Music and Worship) for Florida ACDA. ​2024 SSA All-State Choir Guest Conductor Dr. Lynda Hasseler Director of Choral Ac tivites Capital University LYNDA R. HASSELER, D.M.A., assumed the directorship of the renowned Capital University Chapel Choir in July, 1990, making her the first woman to head a choral program at a Lutheran college or university. Now celebrating her 28th year, she loves her role as Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities in the Conservatory of Music at Capital University, in Columbus, Ohio, where she directs the Chapel Choir, Choral Union, and a cappella ensemble, Philomel; and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting at Capital and Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Born and raised in Platte, South Dakota, (yes, people are from there!) she graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and received her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in conducting from Michigan State University. Nurturing Capital University’s rich choral legacy, the choirs under her direction have received numerous invitations to perform for multiple music regional and national conferences and festivals, have been awarded gold medals in world choral competitions and have toured nationally and internationally. Dr. Hasseler is passionate about dynamic programming, creating concerts that “tell a story.” Her theme-based concerts feature classic and contemporary a cappella sacred and secular choral literature. Reflective of her commitment to perform music from a global perspective, performances under her feature diverse programming, staging, and a range of choral tone colors unified by a narrative theme. In partnership with Craig Courtney, she is co-editor of the Capital University Choral Series published by Beckenhorst Press and is a member of the Ohio Choral Directors Association board of directors. As a member of the Music for All National Artistic Advisory Committee, she is actively engaged with making music with young high school musicians. On Leap Day, February 29, 2016, Dr. Hasseler made her conducting debut on Carnegie Hall stage, in performances of Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Ēriks Ešenvalds’ Trinity Te Deum. As a clinician and guest conductor, she performs regionally, nationally and internationally. She serves on juries for international competitions including most recently the 14th Concorso Corale Internazionale Choir Festival and Competition in Riva del Garde, Italy and in July, 2018 on the jurors panel for Sing Berlin! International Festival. As a singer, Dr. Hasseler has performed, toured and recorded nationally and internationally with professional choral ensembles including the Robert Shaw Festival Chorus and the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus. She toured France with the Shaw Festival Chorus and appeared as a soloist. In addition to the concerts presented in France, she also has performed several works in Carnegie Hall with both ensembles. She shares Grammy honors with the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus and Orchestra, which, under Helmuth Rilling’s direction, were awarded a Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance for their recording of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Credo. Most recently, she, along with the Chapel Choir and Choral Union, and composer Jake Runestad, was awarded the 2017-18 American Prize, Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music. She recently had the honor of conducting the Chapel Choir in the premiere performance of the Brock Commission “A Silence Haunts Me” by Jake Runestad at the 2019 ACDA National Conference in Kansas City. In March, 2019 she shared the podium with guest conductor and composer Eric Whitacre on Mees Hall stage in a Gala concert celebration of 100 Years of Music at Capital University. In June, 2019, she will conduct the Chapel Choir in festival concerts in the Netherlands and Belgium featuring the music of Jake Runestad. Above all, Dr. Hasseler loves making music with the students and community members in the ensembles she directs. A firm believer in the power of choral singing to open minds, soften hearts, and transform lives, she will tell you that making music in an engaged choral rehearsal, crafting an expressive phrase, and shaping beautiful choral tone with the “best students in the world” are some of the most meaningful moments life has to offer. None of those things can compete, however, with the joy of being a mom to twenty-one-year-old Hannah, the “best daughter in the world.” ​2024 Vocal Jazz All-State Choir Guest Conductor Dr. Ryan Holder Associate Director of Choral Studies Northern Arizona University Dr. Ryan W. Holder is the Associate Director of Choral Studies at Northern Arizona University, where he directs the Women’s Chorale, Northern Voices and High Altitude vocal jazz ensembles, teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting and choral methods, supervises choral student teachers, and serves as the adviser for the NAU student chapter of the American Choral Director s Association. Ryan received his doctoral degree in the Fall 2007, from the University of Miami in addition to bachelors and masters degrees from Southern Oregon University and University of Northern Colorado, respectively. A native Oregonian, Ryan graduated from South Medford High School and served as the Director of Choirs at Grants Pass High School from 1997-2001. During his tenure in Grants Pass his choirs won awards and accolades in both vocal jazz and traditional choral music, and his Melodairs women’s choir took first prize in the women’s choir division at the Vienna Youth and Music Festival in 2001. Dr. Holder has given lectures and presentations at local, state, and regional American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and the National Music Educators Association conventions, and recently gave a lecture on “Male Choir Directors: Working with and Relating to Beginning Women’s Choirs” at the 2009 ACDA National Convention in Oklahoma City. He has conducted honor choirs in Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Montana, and Hawaii. His ensembles have been invited to perform throughout the Southwest, including performances at state and regional ACDA conferences. Dr. Holder serves as the Arizona State ACDA President as well as the ACDA National Committee on Technology. Ryan also serves as the Director of Music at The Church of the Red Rocks in Sedona and is proud to serve as the Artistic Director of The Sedona Academy of Chamber Singers.

  • Command Performance | NMEA

    Command Performance ​ Application: Deadline TBA Application: Google Spreadsheet Closed Payment per entry: $TBA Northern Zone Performance Date: TBA Southern Zone Performance Date:TBA ​ Directions for Command Performance Record each entry and upload to youtube Set the privacy settings on the video as "Unlisted" Click on the google spreadsheet link and make your own copy Rename the spreadsheet as "2025 CP (your school name) - (your last name here)" Complete the form Share your google spreadsheet with: dainewg@nv.ccsd.net Pay your entry fees on nmeamusic.org Email a copy of your payment to: dainewg@nv.ccsd.net Results will be posted on the NMEA website on TBA ​ Related Documents Application: Google Spreadsheet Not available yet Command Performance Entry Payment Link Not available yet Command Perform ance Chair Will Dain es dainewg@nv.ccsd.net

  • High School Band All-State | NMEA

    High School Band All-State Festival The Nevada Music Educators Association All-State Festival features a middle school and high school level band. These ensembles include woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Students work closely with a guest conductor for two days before performing a final concert. Students who make the All-State bands are the top performers in Nevada. Both Middle and High school students audition to earn a spot in the ensemble. 2025 Nevada High School Band All-State Audition and Nomination Information 2025 All-State Audition Student Information Students see your music director for more information on the audition process. All-State Audition and/or Participation fees will be paid by each school and their ensemble director/s. All students will need to see their school director for more information on audition fees and audition registration. Students and parents please contact your school music or ensemble director with any questions you might have about your students auditions. High School All-State Band Audition Results: Directors, All-State Ensemble Auditions information as well as forms can be found below. The All-State results will be available no later then by December 2. Please contact your All-State Chair persons for any qu estions or help. High School All-State Band Audition Links ​ ​ ​ Important Dates ​ Audition Dates Las Vegas TBA Audition Dates North TBA 2025 Nevada All-State High School Band Festival and Conference Information 2025 HS Band All-State Festival Sc he dule and More ​Schedules for this All-State Festival are below. All schedules are subject to change and will be sent out to the ensemble chairs or NMEA. For more information on the Nevada All-State Festivals and Conferences go to the All-State home page for more detailed information. Contact your All-State Ensemble chair for any questions or concerns you may have . ​ ​ All-State Festival Directors Checklist All directors are responsible for the following items for All-State Festival and Conference. Go to the All-State Festival Homepage for more details on the Festival and Conference. If you have any questions or concerns contact your Ensemble Chair. Forms and Fees are due TBA Pay for Director and Student All-State Festival Participation fee Not available yet Ensure that each student completes the All-State Student Participation Form Not available yet Directors Form (Google Form) Not available yet Chaperon e s Form (Google Form) Not available yet All-State Book Hotel Room Information Not available yet ​ All-State Festival Payments All-State Audition Fee $15 per Student (web store) Not available yet Pay for Student/Director All-State Festival Participation fee Not available yet All fees are to be paid by each school and their ensemble director/s. All students will need to see their school director for more information fees and registration. Payment Options - These are the 2 payment options found in the web store. Pay with a Credit Card - follow the prompts and put in your card information, as well as billing address information if needed. Be sure all is accurate. Manual Payment (school check) - follow the prompts in the webstore and select the manual payment method to pay by check and generate an invoice. If you have questions or would like to verify payment contact David Morris, the State Executive, at stateexec@nmeamusic.org Mail all checks to 1125 Avenue of the Oaks #406, Sparks, NV. 89431. Please write checks out to the Nevada Music Educators Association. Chairperson and Committee Josh Matthew All-State HS Band Chair Email: matthjr2@nv.ccsd.net Carl Backer ​ Blair Williams Jordan Mathisen ​ Related Documents ​ 2024 Nevada All-State High School Band Conductor 2024 Conductor Captain Brian O. Walden U.S. Navy Retired Captain Brian O. Walden, U.S. Navy (Ret.) recently completed 2021/2022 as Visiting Assistant Professor/Interim Director of Bands at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia where he has remained this year to teach as an Adjunct Instructor in music education. He returned to the Hampton Roads area after serving as Associate Professor, Director of Bands & Instrumental Studies and Interim Director of Music Education at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama from 2018 - 2021. He previously served as the Director of Bands and Director of Music Education at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia from 2015 - 2018 where he was also the Coordinator of the Graduate Conducting Program. He has conducted international recording artists live and for television performances with Jason Mraz, James Taylor, Colbie Caillat, Take 6, Phillip Phillips (American Idol winner), Isaac Slade of the rock band “The Fray,” Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Branford Marsalis (former Director of The Tonight Show Band with Jay Leno), TV and Broadway star Neil Patrick Harris, and performed with Natalie Cole as well as many other artists. He has conducted ensembles and performed as a trumpet instrumentalist on every continent except Antarctica. Brian holds a BA in Music/Religious Studies (Double Major) from Saint Leo University, Florida, a MM in Wind Ensemble Conducting from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and studied in the DMA Music Education program at Boston University and PhD program in Music Education at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. In 2012 he was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award by the Alumni Council of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston for his career contributions to the field of wind band conducting. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in National Security Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Upon retirement from active duty serving as the Commanding Officer/Conductor of the United States Navy Band Washington, DC (White House Support Unit) as the senior musician in the Department of Defense, Captain Walden was awarded the distinguished Legion of Merit by President Barack H. Obama for his 35 years of service to the nation. Additionally, in 2019 President Donald J. Trump awarded the National Medal of Arts, “the highest honor given to artists and arts patrons by the United States Government.” Brian has performed on trumpet and as Guest Conductor with the Alabama Winds and is currently the Conductor/Music Director of the Virginia Wind Symphony and serves with the Bay Youth Orchestras of Virginia as Conductor of the Bay Youth Wind Symphony. Captain Walden is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association, the highest honor for Bandmasters in North America. He is in demand nationally as a guest conductor for professional, collegiate, high school and middle school wind bands and orchestras. Captain Walden is married to Staci Harris Walden, whom he met as a blind date for her high school senior prom. They have been married for 37 years and have two sons. Brian and Staci love sailing at their home on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland and spending time with their grandson, Maverick. ​

  • Sponors | NMEA

    Sponsorship Opportunities Sponsorship Opportunities The Nevada Music Educators Association (NMEA) is pleased to offer the opportunity to partner with our organization through our yearly Organization Sponsorship Program. Sponsorships are effective for one year from receipt of payment. NMEA will provide sponsors with exposure to a variety of individuals, from middle and high school-aged music students to teachers and parents, during our various programs and services throughout the year, including our Conference/Clinic and All-State Concerts. Please review our sponsorship categories below. ​ We can also offer additional sponsorship opportunities for various events, as they occur throughout the year. Please contact Matt Symes the NMEA Exhibits and Sponsors Co-Chair at webdesign@nmeamusic.org . How To Become a Sponsor 1. Select your sponsorship level. Click on the button below to see details of our 2023-2024 sponsorship levels, t hen compl ete the Pledge Form. ​ ​ ​ ​ 2. Purchase your sponsorship ​ PAY by Check Complete the Sponsorship pledge form. Mail all checks to 1125 Avenue of the Oaks #406, Sparks, NV. 89431. Please write checks out to the Nevada Music Educators Association. If you have questions or would like to request an invoice contact, David Morris, the State Executive at stateexec@nmeamusic.org ​ Sponsorships are effective for one year upon the date of payment. If you are paying by check please email David Morris the State Executive. Invoices can be requested by contacting David Morris the State Executive at stateexec@nmeamusic.org Mail all checks to 1125 Avenue of the Oaks #406, Sparks, NV. 89431. Please write checks out to the Nevada Music Educators Association. ​ Thank you for your Support of Music Education in Nevada!! Sponsorship Pledge Form Sponsorship Levels

  • Documents and Forms | NMEA

    Documents and Forms NMEA is working hard to provide its members the best and most up to date resources for better teaching. More Information to come soon. ​ Policies and Procedures Solo/Ensemble Policy and Procedures Manual W-9 Public Disclosure Form Bylaws Articles of Incorporation For the latest Financial Report contact the State Executive (stateexec@nmeamusic.org )

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