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  • Home | NMEA

    A Vocal Adventure with Guest Conductor Greg Gilpin October 22, 2022 9am-3pm A Free Family Concert at 3pm at the KO Knudson MS Theatre For Students Grades 4-6 Registration for Students is $25 per participant Current NMEA Member Teachers are Free! Professional Learning Opportunities . Register Here: https://forms.gle/tyqkFirxaF4DinCw9 Click on this link to learn more. WHAT WE DO Learn more about what NMEA does for Nevada's music educators and students. OUR EVENTS Developing stronger musician's through positive experiences. OUR VOICE Supporting advocacy for school music programs and more. GET INVOLVED Join NMEA and be apart of the musical experience.

  • Exhibitors and Sponors | NMEA

    1/2 All-State Festival Exhibitors and Sponsorship Thank you to all our Exhibitors who came to the All-State Festival 2022. We were so happy to see you back in-person. NMEA will announce the date and location of next year’s All-State Festival soon. ​ Registration and Table Reservation Registration for the All-State Festival 2023 will open soon Advertising Anyone can advertise on the NMEA website or All-State Festival Program. Advertisement size/location Business Card $125.00 Half Page color/B&W $175.00 Full Page color/B&W $350.00 Full Page inside of cover $500.00 Website, front page $150.00 Website, All-State page $75.00

  • NMEA All-State Festival

    All-State HS Orchestra All-State HS Band All-State HS Choir All-State HS Jazz All-Sate HS Mariachi All-State MS Band All-State MS Choir All-State Guitar All-State MS Mariachi Professional Development Exhibitors and Sponsors Command Performance Awards Nevada All-State Festival News & Updates The Nevada Music Educators Association is excited to announce that the Nevada All-State Festival will take place on February 1,2, and 3, 2023 in Las Vegas, NV. More details on the All-State Festival will be coming soon. Information on the Audition process for various All-State Ensembles is available on each All-State Ensemble Page which you can find in the menu above. 2023 All-State Audition Information Information on the audition or nomination process for various All-State Ensembles is available on each All-State Ensemble Page which you can find in the menu above. All-State Ensemble Audition Registration Open Click Here. All-State Audition Online Payment Click Here. ​(Opens to PayPal) 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. In order to participate in All-State/Solo & Ensemble you must be a current member of NMEA. Please see how to register as a member of NMEA, along with seeing all of the benefits of being a member, at https://nafme.org/join-renew/ 2023 Nevada All-State Festival 2023 NMEA All-State Location: Central Church 1001 New Beginnings Dr Henderson, NV 89011 ​ 2023 NMEA All-State Lodging Information: Lodging Information: Coming soon ​ Lodging Instructions: Coming soon ​ ​ All-State Festival Participation All-State Festival Participation Checklist: Pay Participation Fee Complete Chaperone Form Music Directors Complete Music Director Form Directors also pay director fee Book Hotel rooms (deadline TBA?) All-State Festival Payments Pay for Student All-State Festival Participation fee $50 Here. (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. ​ All-State Related Documents Event Map (not yet available) Event Schedule (not yet available) Purchase Concert Tickets (not yet available) ​ Future Nevada All-State Dates 2024 – TBA

  • Board | NMEA

    NMEA_board_02-625x275_c eecfa64cdceb3de591b8edf55e227ba1-1-1170x367_c-625x275_c NMEA_board_01-625x275_c NMEA_board_02-625x275_c 1/4 NMEA TEAM Dedication and Passion The Board President Jonathan Ciaramitaro Bob Miller Middle School ciarajp@nv.ccsd.net President Elect Amy Symes K.O. Knudson Academy symesaj@nv.ccsd.net Past President Paul Beuning Arbor View High School pauljbeuning@gmail.com Vice President Christi Blahnik Damonte Ranch High School Christiana.Blahnik@WashoeSchools.net Secretary Lhara Groberg Hyde Park Middle School Secretary@nmeamusic.org Northern Zone Rep Stephanie Van Orman Carson Middle School svanorman@carson.k12.nv.us Northeast Zone Rep David Roberson Wells Combined School droberso@ecsdnv.net Southern Zone Rep Chris Pierson Chaparral High School piersc@nv.ccsd.net Southern Zone Rep Paul Kleemann Del Sol Academy kleempe@nv.ccsd.net Southern Zone Rep Jonathan Baltera Sierra Vista HS baltej@nv.ccsd.net Washoe Zone Rep Kyle Overlay Mendive Middle School kyle.overlay@washoeschools.net Washoe Zone Rep Tim Wood Desert Skies Middle School tewood@washoeschools.net State Executive State Executive David Morris stateexec@nmeamusic.org Chairs All-State Coordinator Nicolas Jacques Carson Middle School njacques@carson.k12.nv.us Command Performance William Daines Thurman White Academy dainewg@nv.ccsd.net Elementary Music Lynne Ricci Berkley Elementary School riccilm@nv.ccsd.net HS Choir #1 Jonathan Baltera Sierra Vista HS syrovl@nv.ccsd.net HS Choir #2 Megan Franke Las Vegas Academy habigmm@nv.ccsd.net HS Band #1 Christi Blahnik Damonte Ranch High School Christiana.Blahnik@WashoeSchools.net HS Band #2 Julio Vargas Clark High School Vargajc@nv.ccsd.net HS Band #3 Andrew Smouse Rancho High School smousaj@nv.ccsd.net HS Band #4 Josh Matthews Coronado High School matthjr2@nv.ccsd.net Guitar Louis Syrovy Legacy High School syrovl@nv.ccsd.net HS Orchestra #1 Brian Fox Carson City Middle School bfox@carson.k12.nv.us HS Orchestra #2 Greg Maldonado West CTA maldogm@nv.ccsd.net Jazz Band #1 Nathan Geyer Desert Oasis High School geyernb@nv.ccsd.net Jazz Band #2 Ron Eichstedt Reed High School RFEichstedt@WashoeSchools.net Mariachi Albert Avila Fremont Middle School avilada@nv.ccsd.net Mentorship Anthony Turner N/A voce02@hotmail.com MS Band #1 Marissa Davidson Canarelli Middle School davidmd@nv.ccsd.net MS Band #2 Kyle Overlay Mendive Middle School kyle.overlay@washoeschools.net MS Band #3 David Martinez Greenspun Middle School martidj2@nv.ccsd.net MS Choir #1 Portia McClure Theron L. Swainston Middle School harpepv@nv.ccsd.net MS Choir #2 Lhara Groberg Hyde Park Middle School grobel@nv.ccsd.net Professional Development Steven Eubanks University of Nevada, Reno seubanks@unr.edu Southern S&E Paul Lowry Del Sol Academy of the Performing Arts lowrypt@nv.ccsd.net Washoe S&E Tamara Frazier North Valleys High School Tamara.Frazier@WashoeSchools.net Websmaster Matt Symes KO Knudson Academy of the Arts symesmr@nv.ccsd.net Webmaster Paul Lowry Del Sol Academy of the Performing Arts lowrypt@nv.ccsd.net

  • High School Orchestra All-State | NMEA

    High School Orchestra All-State Festival The Nevada Music Educators Association All-State Festival features a high school level orchestra. This ensemble includes violin, viola, cello, bass, harp, and piano, as well as winds and percussion. String students audition for Orchestra; wind and percussion students audition for Band but select Orchestra as their preference. Students work closely with a guest conductor for two days before performing a final concert. Students who make the All-State orchestra are among the top performers in Nevada. 2022-23 All-State High School Orchestra Auditions Audition Dates South Oct. 19, Clark HS North​ Oct. 24, Damonte Ranch HS ​ In order to audition, a student must be a regular member of their high school orchestra or band. In addition, the student’s music teacher must be a current member of NAfME. Students will record their audition at one of the locations listed above. Students who do not live within a reasonable driving distance from one of the above sites should contact one of the chairpersons for information on recording their audition. The requirement to participate in an honor ensemble has been lifted this year. Directors may register their students using the Google Form found at www.nmeamusic.org under the All-State Orchestra Tab. The audition will consist of the required scale and excerpts (found on the NMEA website). The registration deadline is Saturday, October 8. The Audition schedule will be posted and sent out on October 10, 2022 . ​ Click on the link to read more about the 2022-23 All State High School Orchestra Audition Information.​ ​ All-State Ensemble Audition Registration Open Click Here. All-State Audition Online Payment Click Here. ​(Opens to PayPal) Chairpersons Gregory Maldonado - Southern Nevada Email: maldogm@nv.ccsd.ne Brian Fox - Northern Nevada Email: bfox@carson.k12.nv.us ​ Related Documents 2022-23 All-State High School Orchestra Audition Information 2022-23 All-State Violin Audition Material ​ 2022-23 All-State Viola Audition Material ​ 2022-23 All-State Cello Audition Material​ 2022-23 All-State Bass Audition Material​ 2022-23 All-State Harp Audition Material Conductor Bio Guest Conductor Dr. Mark Laycock Professor of Music at Wichita State University Dr. Mark Laycock is a Professor of Music at Wichita State University, where he holds the Ann Walenta Faculty of Distinction Endowed Professorship. He has been recognized with the WSU Excellence in Creative Activity Award and the College of Fine Arts Excellence in Teaching Award. He serves as Director of Orchestras and Coordinator of Strings. WSU Symphony Orchestra appearances under his direction include international tours to Spain and Canada, a concert at Carnegie Hall, and multiple invited performances at Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Workshops. Dr. Laycock is a member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic; he serves as Chair of Orchestra Activities. He is Conductor of the Wichita Youth Symphony and Director of the Wichita Youth Orchestras Program. His work as guest conductor, clinician, or adjudicator spans 34 states. Recent and upcoming appearances include the Bangkok International String Festival, the all-state orchestras of Florida, Nevada, Washington, and Wyoming, educational sessions at the Conn-Selmer Institute and The Ohio State University String Teacher Workshop, and adjudication in Arizona, California, Colorado, Indiana, and Oregon. Dr. Laycock served the National Orchestra Festival as adjudicator, clinician, and, in 2018 and 2019, chair of the event. His appearances with professional ensembles include the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Grand Opera, and Opera Kansas, as well as orchestras in Slovakia and Canada. Dr. Laycock has presented clinic sessions for numerous state education conventions, as well as the American String Teachers Association National Conference, the Northwest and Northeast Division Conventions of the National Association for Music Education, and the Midwest Clinic. A frequent visitor to Australia, he gave professional development sessions for instrumental music educators in Brisbane, was a conductor for the Queensland State Honours Ensemble Program, was a Chief Adjudicator for the Victorian School Music Festival in Melbourne, served as a Keynote Presenter for the Australian Strings Association 2018 National Conference in Perth, and will be a Keynote Speaker for the 2021 Australian National Band and Orchestra Conference. Dr. Laycock is a four-time invited music education panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, evaluating grant applications from institutions throughout the country. He is a chapter author for the fourth volume of Teaching Music through Performance in Orchestra and a frequent contributor to the American String Teacher journal. Dr. Laycock served as Director of Orchestras and Instrumental Music at Chapman University in Orange, California, where he led invited performances for the California Music Educators Association and at Disneyland. He was also Principal Conductor of the Irvine (CA) Classical Players, leading the youth orchestra on concert tours to Italy (2006) and France (2008). Previously, Dr. Laycock was Director of Orchestral Activities at Iowa State University and Music Director of the Central Iowa Symphony. Under his leadership, the ISU Symphony Orchestra performed at the North Central Division Convention of the Music Educators National Association and collaborated with such artists as bass-baritone Simon Estes and pianist-composer Marvin Hamlisch. He began his career as an instructor of strings and orchestra at the middle and high school levels in the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. He earned a Doctor of Arts degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Laycock holds a Master of Music degree in instrumental conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music history and literature from the University of Southern California.

  • Middle School Band All-State | NMEA

    Middle 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. Middle school students audition to earn a spot in the ensemble. 2022-23 All-State Middle School Band Auditions Important Dates October 27th - Audition Recordings due. I plan on recording the 24th-27th and emailing them all in on the 27th to the email address provided in the attached instruction file. Feb 1-3 - Official Days of All-State Feb 1 - Rehearsals at UNLV Feb 2-3 - Rehearsals and performances at Grace Church Audition Instructions: To register and audition for NMEA MS All State Band please complete the following: Register each student individually All-State Ensemble Audition Registration Open Click Here. Registration deadline October 21 st Payment $15 per student All-State Audition Online Payment Click Here. ​(Opens to PayPal) Student Registration $50 @ https://www.nmeamusic.org/ (only paid once accepted into the ensemble, audition fee does not count towards registration fee) Student Instrument Number Assignments to be distributed October 24 th Submit recorded auditions using the instructions below by Thursday, October 27th In order to participate in All-State you must be a current member of NMEA. Please see how to register as a member of NMEA, along with seeing all of the benefits of being a member, at https://nafme.org/join-renew/ ​ Audition Changes Due to the director's concern of the music being too difficult, my board members and I have decided to cut down each excerpt to only the first 8 measures of each etude (chromatic scale is still required). For percussion students auditioning, they must play the first 8 measures of the snare etude, the chromatic scale on mallets, and only the first 8 measures of the lyrical etude--NO TECHNICAL ETUDE REQUIRED FOR PERCUSSION All-State Ensemble Audition Registration Open Click Here. All-State Audition Online Payment Click Here. ​(Opens to PayPal) ​ ​ Click on the link to read more about the 2022-23 All State Middle School Band Audition Information 2022-23 NMEA Middle School Allstate Band Rules 2022-23 All-State MS Band Brass Audition Etudes 2022-23 All-State MS Band W.W. and Mallet Audition Etudes 2022-23 All-State MS Band Snare Audition Etudes Chairpersons Marisa Davidson Email: davidmd@nv.ccsd.net Kyle Overlay Email: kyle.overlay@washoeschools.net David Martinez Email: martidj2@nv.ccsd.net ​ Related Documents 2022-23 All State Middle School Band Audition Information ​ 2022-23 NMEA Middle School Allstate Band Rules 2022-23 All-State MS Band Audition Rubric 2022-23 All-State MS Band Brass Audition Etudes 2022-23 All-State MS Band W.W. and Mallet Audition Etudes 2022-23 All-State MS Band Snare Audition Etudes Guest Conductor Chip De Stefano Director of Bands McCracken Middle School Skokie, Illinois Mr. De Stefano became Director of Bands at McCracken Middle School in Skokie, Illinois in 1996. Under his direction, the McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band has received first division ratings at all district and state organization contests of the Illinois Grade School Music Association (IGSMA) and has made multiple appearances at the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) All-State Conference, University of Illinois Superstate Concert Band Festival, and NAfME North Central Division Conference. In 2006 and 2013 the Symphonic Band received an invitation to present at concert at the Midwest Clinic: An International Band and Orchestra Conference. In the Spring of 2007, the John Philip Sousa Foundation awarded the McCracken Symphonic Band the prestigious Sudler Silver Cup. Mr. De Stefano’s professional affiliations include the Illinois Music Education Association, the National Band Association, Phi Beta Mu, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. In 2022 he was recently honored with membership in the American Bandmasters Association. Mr. De Stefano is active nationally as a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator. He’s conducted honor bands, festivals, and camps in Singapore, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan (scheduled), Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin, and throughout Illinois. In addition, he has presented conference sessions at the Midwest Clinic, Illinios Music Education Conference, Iowa Bandmasters Conference, Nebraska Music Educators Association State Conference, New England Band Director Instituted, Arkansas Tech University Band Director Workshop, NBA/IGSMA Band Director Workshop, Illinois State University Band Director Workshop and DuPage County Music Clinic. Mr. De Stefano is a recipient of over twenty National Band Association Citations of Excellence. He was awarded the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award in 2001, the IGSMA Barbara Buehlmann Young Conductor Award in 2004, the IGSMA Cloyd Meyers Memorial Award in 2011, and the Skokie Award for Artistic Excellence in 2016. ​ Chip De Stefano Director of Bands McCracken Middle School Skokie, Illinois National Band Association Board of Directors, Middle School Representative All-Illinois Junior Band Board of Directors http://www.mccrackenband.com http://www.destefanomusic.com http://www.nationalbandassociation.org http://www.aijb.org

  • Middle School Mariachi All-State | NMEA

    Middle School Mariachi All-State Festival The Nevada Music Educators Association All-State Festival features a middle school and high school level mariachi. These ensembles include violins, armonia, trumpet, vocals, and guitarron. Students work closely with a guest conductor for two days before performing a final concert. Students who make the All-State mariachis are the top performers in Nevada. Both middle school and high school students audition to earn a spot in the ensemble. 2022-23 All-State Middle School Mariachi Auditions Audition Dates Las Vegas Area October 25th 4pm at Las Vegas Academy ​ All-State Ensemble Audition Registration Open Click Here. All-State Audition Online Payment Click Here. ​(Opens to PayPal) ​ Chairpersons Donato Avila Email: avilada@nv.ccsd.net Ramiro Benavides ​ Related Documents Audition Excerpts Armonia Scales Toro Relajo E Major - Vihuela Trumpet Scales Toro Relajo E Major - Trumpet in Bb 2 Guitarron Scales Toro Relajo E Major - Guitarron Violin Scales Toro Relajo E Major - Violin 1 Harp Audition information Los Peces En El Río - Harp Audition Guest Conductor Michael Sital Director Edcouch-Elsa High School Mariachi Program Michael Sital is a native of Victoria, Texas. For several years, he lived in Las Vegas, Nevada where he worked as a mariachi director in the Clark County School District. In 2013, Sital moved back to the Rio Grande Valley where he now continues his career in music education as a mariachi director with the award-winning Edcouch-Elsa High School Mariachi Program. His experience as a musician includes over 20 years of experience in the world of mariachi. Sital has had the opportunity to perform with numerous renowned groups and learn from well-established musicians and teachers over the 17 years of his music education career. Michael is currently a member of the Grammy Nominated “Mariachi Los Arrieros Del Valle”. Sital holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). Michael’s experience as a student, an educator, and a performer, has molded him into the reputable musician he is today. Aside from performing and teaching, Sital also writes and arranges music as well as teaching violin, voice, and various mariachi clinics.

  • High School Mariachi All-State | NMEA

    High School Mariachi All-State Festival The Nevada Music Educators Association All-State Festival features a middle school and high school level mariachi. These ensembles include violins, armonia, trumpet, vocals, and guitarron. Students work closely with a guest conductor for two days before performing a final concert. Students who make the All-State mariachis are the top performers in Nevada. Both middle school and high school students audition to earn a spot in the ensemble. 2022-23 All-State High School Mariachi Auditions Audition Dates Las Vegas Area October 25th 4pm at Las Vegas Academy ​ All-State Ensemble Audition Registration Open Click Here. All-State Audition Online Payment Click Here. ​(Opens to PayPal) ​ Chairpersons Donato Avila Email: avilada@nv.ccsd.net Stephen Blanco David Rivera ​ Related Documents HS Mariachi Audition Excerpts ​ Guitarron Scales El Toro Antejuelo - Guitarron Armonia Scales El Toro Antejuelo - Armonia Trumpet Scales El Toro Antejuelo - Trumpet I Violin Scales El Toro Antejuelo - Violin I Harp Audition information La Bruja Harp Audition Guest Conductor Marcos A. Zárate Musical Director for Mariachi Los Arrieros del Valle Marcos is a violinist and the Musical Director for Mariachi Los Arrieros del Valle. He was born in Dallas, Texas and began playing musical instruments at a very early age. As a result, Marcos is proficient on violin, guitar, guitarrón, vihuela, trumpet, requinto, and accordion. Marcos is currently employed by Rio Grande City CISD as the Head Mariachi Director in an Award-Winning mariachi program. His musical experiences with mariachi have led him to perform at some of the most prestigious stages across the nation alongside some of the world’s biggest names in the music industry and his unparalleled arranging and performing talents have been featured in many recordings. He has performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, home of the LA Philharmonic, in Los Angeles, CA and at the world renowned Hollywood Bowl 8 times where his arrangements have been performed in front of audiences of over 20,000. He has also performed at many other high profile venues and has arranged for the UTPA now known as UT-RGV Mariachi concerts and recordings, and for many other professional, university, high school, and middle school programs. Marcos has also conducted numerous workshops and conferences in Los Angeles, CA, Las Cruces, NM, Las Vegas, NV, San Antonio, TX and countless others throughout the country. In addition, he has served as the Mariachi clinician in several TMEA All-Region Mariachi. Look out for more from this 3-time Grammy Nominated director, producer, and arranger on Los Arrieros’ next CD which should be released this year!

  • 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. 2022-23 All-State High School Jazz Auditions Audition Dates Las Vegas Area October 27th Las Vegas Academy North October 24th Damonte Ranch High - Reno October 25th Wells Combined School - Wells October 26th Carson High School - Carson City ​ To be eligible to audition, a student must be a regular member of their high school jazz band or equivalent class and in good standing. In addition, the student’s music teacher must be a current member of NMEA. Students will record their audition at one of the below sites. There is no Honor Ensemble prerequisite for the audition. Directors may register their students using the spreadsheet found at www.nmeamusic.org under the all-state jazz band tab. The registration deadline is Saturday, October 1st, 2022 . The Audition Schedule will be posted and sent out on October 10th, 2022 . ​ Click on the link to read more about the 2022-23 All State High School Jazz Audition Information. All-State Ensemble Audition Registration Open Click Here. All-State Audition Online Payment Click Here. ​(Opens to PayPal) ​ Chairpersons Nathan Geyer Email: geyernb@nv.ccsd.net Ron Eichstedt Email: rfeichstedt@washoeschools.net ​ Related Documents 2022-23 All State High School Jazz Audition Information. Conductor Bio ​Guest Conductor Kris Berg Conductor, Author, and Composer. Kris Berg is an international best-selling composer and arranger. He has written charts for Kurt Elling, Delfeayo Marsalis, Wayne Bergeron and Chris Vadala, for honors bands in Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, South Carolina, Maine, Maryland and Missouri, and for professional, college and public school bands around the globe. Kris is also the author of the popular bass method book, BASS LINES IN MINUTES, available at www.krisbergjazz.com . His charts are available through Alfred Music, Kendor Music, C.L. Barnhouse, krisbergjazz.com and J.W. Peppers. Mr. Berg has released two highly acclaimed CD’s (MAMA Records) as leader of the Metroplexity Big Band. “Time Management”, winner of two Global Music Awards, and “This Time/Last Year” feature his unique writing and arranging, special guests such as Phil Woods, Wayne Bergeron, Delfeayo Marsalis, Chris Vadala, Clay Jenkins and others, and the best jazz and studio musicians in north Texas. Russ Davis (MOJA Radio) says "(Metroplexity) takes big band to another place for the 21st century.“ Metroplexity has been featured at multiple Jazz Education Network conferences and has appeared at festivals around the United States. Kris is currently active mixing Metroplexity’s third CD, “Perspectives”, due out early 2020. Mr. Berg is the Artistic Director for Jazz with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra foundation and directs the GDYO Jazz Orchestra. He taught college for 27 years and is the founder of the award-winning Jazz Program at Collin College including the Collin Jazz Fest and the Texas All-Star Jazz Camp. An award winning bassist, director and educator, Kris has appeared or recorded with the likes of Wayne Bergeron, Phil Woods, Kurt Elling, Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, Delfeayo Marsalis, Bob Mintzer, Tom “Bones” Malone and many others. As a clinician for the Yamaha Corporation, Mr. Berg regularly appears at jazz festivals and camps throughout the United States and is endorsed by Bag End Loudspeakers. He has been selected as director for the IAJE International Community College All-Star Jazz Band, and has directed All-State Jazz Bands in Nebraska, Montana, Oklahoma, Maine, South Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, Arizona, Texas and Wyoming. Please find Kris at www.krisbergjazz.com , “Kris Berg Jazz” on Facebook, or email at kris@krisbergjazz.com . All charts and CD’s are available at the website.

  • Middle School Choir All-State | NMEA

    Middle 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. 2022-23 All-State Middle School Choir Nominations Nomination Information: Middle School Choir Teachers can nominate up to 2 Sopranos, 2 Altos, 4 Tenors and 4 Basses. The Deadline to nominate is November 18. ​ Click on the link to make your nominations 2022-23 All-State Middle School Choir Nomination Form Chairpersons Portia McClure Lhara Groberg Email: mschoir@nmeamusic.org ​ Related Documents 2022-23 All-State MS Choir Nomination Form Conductor Bio ​ ​Guest Conductor Kimberly Ahrens, Artistic Director of the Greater Dallas Choral Society Kimberley Ahrens is a nationally regarded choral conductor, clinician, and educator who has worked with children’s and youth choirs her entire career. Currently in her first year as Artistic Director of the Greater Dallas Choral Society (GDCS), her life’s work has been to develop the artist in every child and to make music come alive in the eyes of the children she teaches. During its inaugural season, Ms. Ahrens will prepare the GDCS Cantabile Chorus to perform in the Dallas Opera’s production of Hansel and Gretel. From 2013 to 2022, she was a principal conductor for The Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas under Cynthia Nott, where she led the Apprentice Chorus in over 30 performances at the Meyerson Symphony Center, including a world premiere in 2018. Having taught choir in the public school system for eighteen years, Kim has led her award winning choirs to perform at numerous state and national conventions. Choirs under her direction have been invited to perform at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in 2013 and 2018, and the American Choral Directors Association Middle School/Junior High National Conference in 2014. Her choirs have been recognized as the National Winner of the Foundation for Music Education’s Mark of Excellence National Choral Honors Project in 2009 and 2013. An expert in the adolescent voice, Ms. Ahrens is a highly sought after clinician and guest conductor for elementary and middle school honor choirs throughout the nation, including over fifteen MS/JH All-Region choirs and more than ten Elementary Honor Choirs across the state of Texas, the South Dakota Elementary All-State Choir, and the Delaware MS/JH All-State Choir. In addition to her guest conducting appointments, Kim is a frequent adjunct professor and guest lecturer at the university level, including Southern Methodist University, The University of North Texas, Florida State University, Abilene Christian University, and Texas Tech University. Ms. Ahrens was awarded the Distinguished Young Director Award in 2009 and the Choral Director of Distinction Award in 2022 from the Texas Choral Directors Association. In 2013 she was named Experienced Teacher of the Year at her middle school campus in Plano, Texas. Kim holds a bachelor's degree in music education from Texas Christian University and a master’s degree in music education from The University of North Texas.

  • 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. 2022-23 All-State High School Choir Auditions and Nominations Nomination and Audition Information: Nominations: Directors may nominate up to 8 students, two on each voice part (Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass/Baritone) to participate in the 2023 NMEA All-State Choir. Those students who are nominated do not need to audition . If a student wishes to be considered for a section leader position, they must submit an audition. (Nominated students auditioning for section leader are guaranteed a spot in the All State Choir, but they do need to pay the audition fee). The nomination deadline is Friday, October 14th, 2022. Auditions: In addition to the eight nominated students, directors may submit auditions for any students interested in participating in Honor Choir but not nominated. There is no limit to the amount of students who may audition from a school. Directors will submit their students’ auditions using the Google Form found at www.nmeamusic.org under the All-State Choir tab. The audition will consist of the required selections listed below. The audition deadline is Thursday, October 27th, 2022. ​ Click on the link to read more about the 2022-23 NMEA All-State Choir Nomination and Audition Information ​ All-State Ensemble Audition Registration Open Click Here. All-State Audition Online Payment Click Here. ​(Opens to PayPal) ​ Chairpersons Jonathan Baltera Megan Franke Email: hschoir@nmeamusic.org ​ Related Documents 2022-23 NMEA All-State Choir Nomination and Audition Information 2022-23 NMEA All-State Audition Track 2022-23 NMEA All-State Choir Nomination Form (not available yet) ​Guest Conductor Steven M. Zielke Director of choral studies Oregon State University Steven M. Zielke, director of choral studies at Oregon State University, is the Patricia Valian Reser professor of music. He directs the OSU Chamber Choir and teaches choral conducting and choral music pedagogy. Zielke earned his doctoral and master's degrees in choral conducting from Florida State University where he studied with Andre Thomas and Rodney Eichenberger. This past year, Zielke was proud to be presented the Beaver Champion Award by President Ed Ray. ​ Prior to his graduate work, Zielke received a B.M.E. from Friends University (Wichita, Kans.) and taught middle and high school choral music in the Kansas public schools. Following his graduate work, Zielke was the Associate Director of Choirs at the University of Arizona where he conducted the Symphonic Choir and worked as a colleague with the late Dr. Maurice Skones. Zielke is a frequent clinician and guest conductor, including the Academic Orchestra of the University of Stuttgart and the University of Tübingen Chamber Singers in Tübingen, Germany, as well as leading master classes and conducting at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Sichuan Province, China. Choirs under his direction have appeared at state, regional, and national conferences, including an invited 2015 performance at the National Collegiate Choral Association. In addition, Zielke is often invited to present workshops and lectures on choral music and music education, including a session on community singing at the 2017 National ACDA conference in Minneapolis. ​ Zielke is a past-president of the Oregon chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and a past-president of the Oregon Music Educators Association. Additionally, he currently serves as the Adjudication Chair for Oregon ACDA. He is also the founder and music director of the Corvallis Repertory Singers, a semi-professional ensemble devoted to exemplary performances of the finest in choral literature. Additionally, he serves as the director of music at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Corvallis and is proud to be the voice of the OSU Marching Band.

  • 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. 2022-23 All-State High School Band Auditions Audition Dates Las Vegas Area October 24th at Clark High School October 25th at Arbor View High School October 26th at Coronado High School October 27th at Clark High School October 28th at Clark High School (IF NEEDED) North October 24th Damonte Ranch High - Reno TBA - Northeast Nevada October 26th Carson High School – Carson City ​ In order to audition a student must be a regular member of their high school orchestra or band. In addition, the student’s music teacher must be a current member of NAfME. Students will record their audition at one of the above sites. Students who do not live within a reasonable driving distance from one of the above sites should contact one of the chairpersons for information on recording their audition. Directors may register their students using the Google Form found at www.nmeamusic.org under the All-State Band tab. The audition will consist of the required excerpts (attached), and a chromatic scale. The registration deadline is Saturday, October 1st, 2022 . The Audition Schedule will be posted and sent out on October 10th, 2022. ​ Click on the link to read more about the 2022-23 All State High School Band Audition Information. All-State Ensemble Audition Registration Open Click Here. All-State Audition Online Payment Click Here. ​(Opens to PayPal) Chairpersons Julio Vargas Email: Vargajc@nv.ccsd.net Christi Blahnik Email: Christiana.Blahnik@WashoeSchools.net Andrew Smouse Email:smousaj@nv.ccsd.net Josh Matthews Email: matthjr2@nv.ccsd.net ​ Related Documents 2022-23 All State High School Band Audition Information ​ Guest Conductor Bio Guest Conductor Dr. Timothy Rhea Director of Bands and Music Activities at Texas A&M University. Dr. Timothy B. Rhea is Director of Bands and Music Activities at Texas A&M University. As Director of Bands, he leads the university band program, serves as conductor of the University Wind Symphony, and coordinates the nationally famous “Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band.” As Director of Music Activities, he administratively oversees the activities of the band, jazz, orchestra, and choral programs, serving approximately 1200 students. Dr. Rhea is currently in his thirtieth year at Texas A&M University. Dr. Rhea grew up in the music programs of the Texas public schools. He earned the Bachelor of Music Education with honors from the University of Arkansas as a private conducting student of Eldon Janzen. He earned the Master of Music in Conducting from Texas Tech University where he studied with the late James Sudduth. Dr. Rhea earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting and Composition from the University of Houston. In 1999, he was awarded the Texas Outstanding Young Bandmaster of the Year from Phi Beta Mu. In December of 2000, Dr. Ray Bowen, former President of Texas A&M University, presented Dr. Rhea with the President’s Meritorious Service Award to Texas A&M University. Dr. Rhea recently oversaw the planning and construction of the Texas A&M University Music Activities Center, which opened in 2019. In this facility, the Dr. Timothy B. Rhea Concert Rehearsal Hall was named in his honor. In the spring of 2020, he received the Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Administration from Texas A&M University. Dr. Rhea was named conductor of the Texas A&M Wind Symphony in 1995. During his tenure at Texas A&M University, Dr. Rhea has conducted the Wind Symphony for conventions of the Texas Music Educators Association (seven times), the College Band Directors National Association (two times), the Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle, and the American Bandmasters Association (2009 convention host), as well as in settings such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Meyerson Symphony Center of Dallas and the Wortham Center of Houston, and on concert tours that have taken the band throughout the state of Texas. During five European tours Dr. Rhea has conducted the Wind Symphony during performances in Ireland, England, Austria, Germany, Italy, and the Czech Republic. Under his direction, the Wind Symphony has released several internationally distributed recordings with Mark Records of New York. In addition to conducting, Rhea maintains a very successful career as an arranger and composer. His output of compositions and arrangements numbers over 300, with over 50 publications. Dr. Rhea’s tenure with the Texas Aggie Band has included performances throughout the United States. In addition to the Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington DC and the Texas Governor’s Inaugural in Austin, Aggie Band bowl appearances have included the Holiday, Cotton, Sugar, Independence, Chick-fil-A, Liberty, Texas, Music City, Gator, Belk and Alamo. Dr. Rhea has served as the music arranger and a drill designer for the Aggie Band for almost 30 years. The Aggie Band was a recipient of the Sudler Trophy from the John Philip Sousa Foundation during Dr. Rhea’s association with the organization. Dr. Rhea maintains an internationally active schedule as conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. He is former President of the American Bandmasters Association, is currently Vice President/Secretary and a member of the Executive Board of The John Philip Sousa Foundation, serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Music Education, and was formerly on the Board of Directors of the National Band Association. Dr. Rhea additionally holds memberships and positions in numerous professionally related organizations. Dr. Rhea resides in College Station with his wife, Jennifer, a former administrator in the College Station Independent School District, who now supervises student teachers for Texas A&M University.