Welcome to UMEA

Upcoming Events:

UMEA President
Sam Tsugawa
  • April 25, State Solo & Ensemble Festival
  • May 1-2, State Concert Band Festival, Corner Canyon HS More Information
  • May 8-9, State Orchestra Festival, Salem Hills HS More Information
  • May 15-16, State Choir Festival, Libby Gardner Hall More Information
  • May 30, UMEA Marching Band Leadership Clinic, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., American Fork HS
  • June 15-17 Trade Secrets @ Utah State University
  • June 29 Dr. Tim Lautzenheizer Leadership Clinic, 1-4 p.m. @ American Fork H.S.
  • July 8 Corps Encore, 7 p.m. @ Stewart Stadium, Weber State University
  • January 16, 2016 Instrumental All-State @ Abravanel Hall
  • January 23, 2016 All-State Honor Choirs @ Abravanel Hall
  • March 15 & 16, 2016 State Jr. High Orchestra Festival More Information
  • March 17 & 18, 2016 State Jr. High Band Festival More Information
  • March 25 & 26, 2016 State Jazz Festival
  • April 30, 2016 State Solo & Ensemble Festival
  • May 6 & 7, 2016 State Concert Band Festival
  • May 13 & 14, 2016 State Choir Festival
  • May 20 & 21, 2016 State Orchestra Festival
  • February 5-6, 2016 UMEA Mid-Winter Professional Development Conference, Dixie Center, St. George, Utah More 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.
For more information, go to the State Junior High Orchestra Festival page here.

Perform at the 2016 UMEA Mid-Winter Professional Development Conference

UMEA President Sam Tsugawa and the UMEA Board extend an open invitation to directors of school music ensembles to submit an application for consideration as a performing group for the 2016 Professional Development Conference held February 5 7 6, 2016 in St. George, Utah.

Download information and an application here.

All-National Ensembles Flyer

2015 All-National Honor Ensembles

Plans are well underway for the 2015 All-National Honors Ensembles! There is still time for your outstanding student musicians to apply for this prestegious opportunity. The application deadline is quickly approaching (May 8, 2015). An added state bonus is that NAfME will provide a $5 rebate to UMEA for every application received from Utah students.
All-National Honor Ensembles Application Information

State Festival Information


Click here for information about the 2015 State Band Festival.


Click here for information about the 2015 State Choir Festival.


Click here for information about the 2015 State Orchestra Festival.

Proposed Changes to the UMEA Constitution

UMEA President, Sam Tsugawa announced a general UMEA election to consider ratification of proposed amendments to the UMEA constitution. The changes are an effort to help the UMEA Board and its various committees to keep up with the challenging "operational tempo" facing the organization. Briefly, the proposed changes include adding the one-year office of vice president-elect to the board's seven vice president positions and changing the election cycle of each vice presidential office to accommodate the new alignment. After the one-year vice president-elect term of office, the person would become the area's vice president for the next two years, making a three year total commitment. The non-voting vice president-elect position allows time to learn about the position, make suggestions and help organize association events, such as the Professional Development Conference, currently being held in St. George, Utah.

An election is scheduled to take place, starting April 1 and will continue through April 20. Members who have registered email addresses with UMEA will be contacted and vote online. Those who have not reported an email address will receive a ballot by mail.
If you have NOT received an invitation to participate in the election to ratify these constitutional amendment changes by April 5, please contact Robert Coleman, 801 479-5736; rcoleman50@comcast.net
Click here to read the full text of the proposed constitutional changes

UMEA President addresses HB 203

UMEA President, Sam Tsugawa, released an open letter to Utah Senate legislators and interested partys, expressing concern about a bill passed by the Utah House of Representatives (HB 203) which, according to news sources, would compensate teachers of the so-called STEM subjects up to $10,000 more than other teachers.
Click here to read President Tsugawa's letter.

Thurl Bailey

Thurl Bailey Delivers Keynote

Former Utah Jazz Power forward/center Thurl Bailey delivered the keynote address at the annual UMEA Capitol Hill Day, March 4, 2015. Bailey spoke about the importance of music in his life. Now a sports commentator, composer and recording artist (5 CDs), Bailey spoke of his high school days in Bladensburg, Maryland, playing Sousaphone and trombone in the band and singing in the Madrigal Choir. He said he would sometimes play the national anthem with the band, wearing his basketball uniform, and then take the court for the game.
Other speakers included UMEA President, Sam Tsugawa, UMEA Advocacy Chair, Christine Wolf, USOE Arts Specialist Cathy Jensen, and American Association of Orchestras Chair, Pat Richards.
Musical performances were given by the Westlake High School Band brass section (National Anthem), directed by Brek Mangelson; the Weber State University Jazz Band, directed by Shannon Roberts; the Woods Cross High School Orchestra, directed by Sara Jane Thompson.

Conference Handouts

Some conference presenters have made session handouts available to be posted on-line. Handouts may be accessed under the "Resources" tab on this website or by following this link: Click here for UMEA Mid-Winter Conference Handouts

Newly Elected UMEA Board Members

Congratulations to the following individuals who were elected to the UMEA Board at the Professional Development Conference in St. George, Utah.
  • President-elect: Rhonda Rhodes, Dixie State University (assumes presidency July1, 2017)
  • Elementary Vice President: Debby Wetzel, Canyons School District
  • Jazz Vice President: Dr. Adam Lambert, Southern Utah University
  • Orchestra Vice President: RaNae Dalglesh, Hillcrest High School
  • Each new member will assume office on July 1, 2015

Click here to see candidate information and photos

UMEA Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following UMEA members who were recognized for their outstanding teaching and service to the organization. Awards were presented at the 2015 Professional Development Conference in St. George on February 6, 2015.
  • Outstanding Elementary Music Educator: Whitney Werner, Provo School District
  • Outstanding Jr. High Music Educator: Chris Earl, South Davis Jr. High School
  • Outstanding High School Music Educator: Steve Shirts, Cedar High School
  • Superior Accomplishment Award: Curtis McKendrick, Lone Peak High School
  • Service to Music Education Award: Becky Anderson, Utah High School Activities Association
  • Outstanding Administrator: Steve Carlsen, Superintendent, Carbon School District and Rhonda Bromley, Principal, Lone Peak High School
  • Presidential Award: Julie Christofferson, Nebo School District
  • Outstanding Music Educator: Claudia Bigler, Box Elder high School (Claudia also received the Utah High School Activities Association Reagon Award)
  • Hall of Fame Inductees: Wes Barry, Harold Goodman, Susan Kenney, Richard Marsden, Ralph Woodward
Click here to see the most recent UMEA Hall of Fame Inductees
Click here to see all UMEA Hall of Fame Inductees with photos and biographies
Click here for the UMEA Awards History

New Approval Form for Sanctioning Events

UMEA has been given the responsibility for vetting all music events for sanctioning by the Utah High School Activities Association. The Application for Approval of Music Event form, linked here: Click here for event approval form, must be completely filled out and submitted to Sharee Jorgensenshareekj@gmail.com no later than 45 days before the event. The form must be submitted EVERY YEAR, regardless if it is an annual event.
Events must comply with the following:
  • Compliance to UHSSA eligibility rules must be followed. If participants involved are in grades other than 9 through 12, an open class must be held separately.
  • Each event must show proof of liability and or property insurance. UMEA is only the vetting body and assumes NO RISK OR LIABILITY FOR THE EVENT.
  • Be advised that no music or speech event will be sanctioned, if school time is missed the day prior to the event for travel or participation. In essence, not more than one day of school time may be missed, including travel, to obtain a sanction.

Join or Renew Membership in UMEA & NAfME

Joining UMEA allows members to receive support and instruction from the state's largest professional music-teaching association as well as membership to NAfME, the largest national music educators organization. Click on the link to see member benefits and receive more information about joining UMEA/NAfME Click here for Membership Benefits


Learn how UMEA supports music education on our Advocacy Page. Click here for Advocacy page.

Featured Advocacy Article:
"Arts Involvement and At-Risk Students"

Red Rocks Marching Band Competition Results

  • Class 1A Cheyenne High School, WY
  • Class 2A Alta High School, UT
  • Class 3A Provo High School, UT
  • Class 4A Mountain Crest High School, UT
  • Class 5A American Fork High School, UT

Follow this link for a complete run-down of placing and awards: 2014 Red Rocks Results

State Festival Ratings

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