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UMEA President
Greg Wheeler


2016 Conference Handouts

Click here for handouts and resources from the 2016 UMEA Mid-Winter Professional Development Conference

Capitol Hill Day

UMEA Advocacy Chair, Christine Wolf, has organized an amazing program for this year's Capitol Hill Day. It will be held in the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday, March 9th at Noon.

It is very important that you make arrangements to attend or encourage a delegation of your students' parents to attend.

Jenny Oaks Baker, violinist
State Senator James Dubakis
Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox
Caleb Chapman, director, Crescent Super Band and Soundhouse School of Music

Performing Groups:
Davis High School Marching Band & Wind Symphony
University of Utah Student Scholarship String Quartet
Northridge Elementary School Children's Choir

Download a copy of the Hill Day flyer.

2016 UMEA Board Election Results
Congratulations to the following newly elected UMEA officers:
Jazz VP-Elect
Randal Clark

Orchestra VP-Elect
John Findlay

Elementary VP-Elect
Brittany May

2016 NAfME National and Western Division Elections

David Branson
Candidate for National
Currently working as an Education Clinician for Music Solutions Group and Conn-Selmer Corporation. He is involved in a number of national music education projects including All IN with NAfME and the Guitar Center, and is widely sought after to present at University’s across the United States. David is highly involved in developing an Art and Wellness program in Casper Wyoming in conjunction with the Wyoming Symphony, Casper medical center and Casper College. He is an active performer in the Casper area. David recently retired as the Administrator for Fine arts/music for the Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada. His duties included...read more here

Kathleen Sanz
Candidate for National
Kathleen Sanz received her B.A. and M.A. in Music Education from the University of South Florida, and her Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Colorado. Presently she is the President and CEO of the Center for Fine Arts Education in Tallahassee, Florida. Prior to that Ms. Sanz served as the Supervisor of Curriculum and Instructional Services and Co-Directed the District School Board of Pasco County Curriculum Department from 2007-2011. From 1985-2006 she supervised the Fine Arts at the K-12 level. Her past teaching experience includes...read more here

Renee Boyd
Candidate for Western Division
Renee Shane-Boyd is the immediate past president of the Arizona Music Educators Association. She has a long history of service in leadership positions at the school, community, regional, and state level in Arizona. She has served as Southeast Regional Band Chair, secretary and treasurer for the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association, Vice President of High School Activities for the Arizona Music Educators Association, and from 2013 - 2015 she served as President for the AMEA during which time she oversaw the 75th Anniversary celebration of AMEA. She is the Fine Arts Chair for the Catalina Foothills School District...read more here

Sam Tsugawa
Candidate for Western Division
A native of Hawaii, Samuel Tsugawa has served as Director of Orchestras at Springville Senior and Junior High Schools, Nebo School District (Utah) since 1988. He holds bachelor and master of music education degrees from Brigham Young University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music education from Arizona State University. Ensembles under Dr. Tsugawa’s baton have a reputation as outstanding performance groups consistently earning superior ratings at local, state, regional, and national music festivals and competitions. Recognized by his colleagues as an accomplished classroom teacher, Dr. Tsugawa has received...read more here

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

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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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. Membership Benefits


Learn how UMEA supports music education on our Advocacy page.

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

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