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2016 State Junior High Honor Choir Guest Choir Applications Requested

Junior High and Middle School Choral Teachers are invited to apply for the opportunity to perform at the 2016 UMEA Jr. High/Middle School Honor Choir Concert at Abravanel Hall on January 23rd with the State Jr. High/Middle School Honor Choir, Dr. Henry Leck, director.
Simply send a CD of your choir, singing two songs of contrasting styles (i.e. a slower song and an up tempo selection) to: Chad King; c/o Millcreek Jr. High School; 245 East 1000 South; Bountiful, Utah 84010.
NOTE: The songs included on the CD must come from one of this year's concerts or a recording of the current year's choir.
Deadline extended to November 15, 2015 (must be postmarked by that date).
A committee will evaluate the performance, according to a state festival rubric and select three ensembles to perform.
Good Luck! and please send in your CDs.

Click here for the 2016 Jr. High Honor Choir information letter.
Registration for the 2016 Jr. High Honor Choir is now closed.
Click here for the State Honor Choir Page.

All-state Band and Orchestra Application:

To start your all-state band or all-state orchestra application, click on the button below. Auditions are open now through October 2, 2015. More information and links to audition material may be found at: All-State Band page and All-State Orchestra page

Submit your All-State Audition

Call for Award Nominations

UMEA recognizes the accomplishments of its membership and those who support music education in Utah with awards which are presented annually in February at the association's Mid-Winter Professional Development Conference in St. George, Utah. The following link gives criteria and contact information for those who wish to make a nomination. Nominations are screened by a nominating committee and come before the UMEA Board for approval. In some cases, more than one individual or group may be selected for recognition in a given category.
Awards Criteria and Submission Information

2015 UMEA Marching Band Circuit Season

To register for the 2015 UMEA Marching Band Circuit Season, please use the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1PsvZwZDKOHVpjylkbz1Dij2w7aEgxOicnIZxaBGbOZc/viewform?usp=send_form

Invitation to Participate in 2015 All-State Choir and 2016 Honor Choirs

UMEA choral directors are invited to have their students/ensembles participate in the upcoming All-State Choir, the Men's and Women's Honor Choirs and the Junior High Honor Choir.
Download the invitation letter.

All-State Jazz Band Director announced

Ray Smith is one of those relatively rare individuals who is an excellent performer and an excellent teacher at the same time. Currently, he teaches at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah as the Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Saxophone. His jazz big band, Synthesis, has received national and international recognition by winning many jazz festival competitions such as the Pacific Coast Collegiate Jazz Festival, the Lionel Hamption Jazz Festival, and those sponsored by the International Association of Jazz Educators; performing in some of the great international jazz festivals such as The Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, and the Antibes Jazz Festival in the French Riviera, The Riga Jazz Festival in Latvia, The Pori Jazz Festival in Finland, The Kongsberg Jazz Festival in Norway, and The Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy; and has toured Japan and China, not to mention blazing new trails into Siberia in 1998.
As a performer, Smith is equally at home in either classical or jazz-related styles and is adept at all five of the woodwind instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and saxophone. He also performs and records frequently on the Yamaha WX7 Midi Electronic Wind Instrument and the AKAI E.W.I. and often plays recorders, pennywhistles, and other ethnic flutes in the recording studio. He has over 130 CD credits and has recorded on many film scores and television themes and jingles such as The Sandlot, Mi Familia, The Swan Princess, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Ricky Lake Show, Buick, Chevy, etc., and many Canadian and German television and radio themes. Dr. Smith performs periodically with the Utah Symphony and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and is a regular with the Utah Saxophone Quartet and Q’d up , a jazz quintet.
Smith also does clinics and performances at colleges and high schools and adjudicates at jazz festivals. In the summers, he teaches at various jazz workshops including the Birch Creek Jazz Camp in Wisconsin where he received the Woody Herman Award for musical excellence and professionalism. In 1998, Smith was the recipient of the Voice of Jazz Award for the State of Utah. His newest CD, Q’d up is currently receiving considerable airplay around the country.
More All-state Jazz Band Information

All-State Band Conductor announced

Joseph Missal
Joseph Missal is Director of Bands and Professor of Conducting at Oklahoma State University. In this capacity, he conducts the Wind Ensemble, and guides all aspects of the OSU Band Program. Dr. Missal also directs the graduate conducting program, teaches undergraduate conducting, and serves as Coordinator for Wind and Percussion Studies. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education from Michigan State University, a Master of Music in Wind Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting from the University of Colorado.

His ensembles have performed for conventions of the Japan Band Clinic, British Association of Symphonic Band and Wind Ensembles, World Association for Symphonic Bands, the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, the Sonneck Society, Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, the Percussive Arts Society, and the Western States Collegiate Wind Band Festival. He has received praise from composers David Maslanka, Karel Husa, Cindy McTee, Joel Puckett, D.J. Sparr, Steven Bryant, Scott McAllister, Michael Daugherty, Frank Ticheli, Shafer Mahoney, Kathryn Salfelder, Roshanne Etezady, Donald Grantham, Dan Welcher, John Mackey, Dana Wilson and others for his expressive interpretations of their music.

Dr. Missal has appeared as a guest conductor throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, and Israel. His writing has been published in the CBDNA Journal, the Canadian Band Journal, and the GIA Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Dr. Missal is a past President of the Southwest Division of the College Band Directors National Association and the Big Twelve Band Directors Association. He has also served as a guest conductor for the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the International Trombone Association, and the United States Army Field Band. Dr. Missal is an elected member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.
More All-state Band Information

All-State Orchestra Conductor announced

Cheung Chau
Cheung Chau is director of orchestral studies at Utah Valley University, music director of Utah Valley Youth Symphony and music director of Sinfonietta Polonia in Poland. He served as music director of Bloomington Symphony in MN, Central Pennsylvania Symphony and Manchester Symphony. Chau held director of orchestra positions at Haverford College and University of Connecticut. He conducted the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Moscow Symphony, China National Symphony, Nordhausen Philharmonic, Filharmonica Marchigiana, Gavle Symphony, the Williamsport Symphony, Utah Chamber Orchestra, Kielce, Bialystok, Lublin, Sudecka, Tianjin, Wuhan, Hunan, Xiamen, Olsztyn Philharmonic Orchestras in Poland and China, and Pro Artibus Hannover, among others. Invited by Edo de Waart, Chau served as assistant conductor to the Hong Kong Philharmonic, leading the orchestra in prominent projects including the 2007 world live broadcast opening ceremony of the 10th anniversary celebration of Hong Kong’s Handover, with Chinese President Hu Jintao in attendance.

As conductor of ballet and opera, Chau conducted productions of Giselle and L'histoire du soldat with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the Poznan Ballet Academy, Nutcracker and other programs with Ballet West, and works regularly with the Utah Regional Ballet. In June 2014, in collaboration with the Anna Niedzwiedz Ballet School and the Poznan Opera Ballet Company Chau and Sinfonietta Polonia premiered ballet Alice in Wonderland to music by Gabriel Kaczmarek at the Poznan Opera Grand Theater. The production was repeated in May 2015 at the Poznan Grand Theater (ticket sold out in 10 hours) and will repeat in Poznan in September of 2015 as well as premiere at the Deutsche Oper Theater in Berlin in the 2017 season. Chau conducted the Royal Swedish Academy Opera, Georgia Southern Opera and UVU Opera in productions of Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cosi fan tutte. An enthusiastic educator, Chau frequently conducts honors orchestras in the US and abroad, including the Sibelius Academy Orchestra and the Interscholastic Association of Southeast Asian Schools Cultural Convention Orchestra (Jakarta, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur).

As conductor, Chau collaborated with soloists from the Berlin Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Minnesota Orchestra, London Philharmonia, Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, Colin Carr, Pierre-Ives Artaud, Nathan Hughes, Barnabas Kelleman, and others. He guest conducted over 20 choirs from Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, the USA and China, including the China National Symphony Orchestra Chorus. As music director of Sinfonietta Polonia Chau made the world premiere recording of Palesterss String Serenade for the leading Polish recording label Acte Preable, the world premiere recording of Kaczmarek's Alice in Wonderland, and directed the International Szymanowski Festival in Beijing in 2011 selected by the Polish Ministry of Culture as an official cultural event of the Polish European Union Presidency in 2011, with performances at the National Center for the Arts and the Beijing Concert Hall, leading a combined orchestra comprised of musicians from Sinfonietta Polonia and the China National Symphony Orchestra. Chau led Sinfonietta Polonia on tours in France, Germany, performing at the Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg under auspices of the Polish Embassy in Berlin and the Stiftung fur Deutsch-Polnishe Zusammenarbeit, and in Hannover (Grosser Sendesaal des des Landesfunkhauses), etc. Sinfonietta Polonia performances were broadcast on China National Television and received high acclaims from and featured in cover articles for the prestigious Polish classical music magazine, Muzyka 21. For the past eight years, Sinfonietta Polonia's New Year concerts in the greater Poland region attract thousands of audiences.

Chau received the first double doctorate degree in the history of the New England Conservatory in wind ensemble conducting and cello, studying with Frank Battisti and Colin Carr. He studied orchestral and choral conducting at the Royal Swedish Conservatory with Jorma Panula. His other mentors include Edo de Waart, Alan Gilbert, Charles Dutoit, Aldo Parisot and Eleonore Schoenfeld. As cellist Chau performed as soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Macao Orchestra, among others, in chamber music and solo recitals at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Beijing Concert Hall, Merkin Hall, Jordan Hall, regularly at the Park City Beethoven Festival, recorded for Acte Preable as member of Atma Trio, and recorded for Hong Kong Radio and Television corporation, China Central Television, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, and Irish Radio. He is a National Arts Associate member in conducting with Sigma Alpha Iota.
More All-state Orchestra Information

UMEA to Sponsor Jr. High/Middle School Orchestra Fest. in 2016

The UMEA Board has approved a new festival for 2016. Based on the successful format of the State Jr. High/Middle School Band Festival at the University of Utah's accoustically superb Libby Gardner Hall, a State Jr. High/Middle School Orchestra Festival. will now be held at the same venue. Jr. High Vice President Chad King announced the dates for the festival as March 15 and 16, 2016. Orchestras wishing to participate will submit recorded auditions that will be adjudicated, and directors will receive comments. Orchestras chosen to participate in the state festival will receive taped comments and a workshop with prestigeous adjudicators selected from across the country.

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