Florida Music Director December 2022

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How do I get to the conference? PLUS: FMEA President-Elect Candidates An FMEA Educator’s 12DaysofChristmas Causes and Prevention of Overuse Injuries in Musicians Prelude to the 2023 FMEA Professional Development Conference
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Executive Director

Florida Music Education Association

Kathleen D. Sanz, PhD

Hinckley Center for Fine Arts Education 402 Office Plaza Tallahassee, FL 32301 (850) 878-6844 or (800) 301-3632 (kdsanz@fmea.org)


D. Gregory Springer, PhD

Florida State University College of Music 122 N. Copeland Street Tallahassee, FL 32306 (850) 644-2925 (office) (dgspringer@fsu.edu)

Editorial Committee

Terice Allen (850) 245-8700, Tallahassee (tallen1962@hotmail.com)

Judy Arthur, PhD

Florida State University, KMU 222 (850) 644-3005 (jrarthur@fsu.edu)

William Bauer, PhD University of Florida, Gainesville (352) 273-3182; (wbauer@ufl.edu)

Alice-Ann Darrow, PhD College of Music, FSU, Tallahassee (850) 645-1438; (aadarrow@fsu.edu)

Jeanne Reynolds (jeannewrey@gmail.com)

John K. Southall, PhD

Indian River State College, Fort Pierce (772) 462-7810; (johnsouthall@fmea.org)

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Trainor FEATURES December 2022 Volume 76 • Number 5 DEPARTMENTS President’s Message .......... 4 Advocacy Report ............ 6 Advertiser Index 7 2022-2023 FMEA Donors .... 15-17 Component News 51 Research Puzzles ........... 54 Committee Reports ......... 56 Executive Director’s Notes ..... 60 Academic Partners 61 Corporate Partners .......... 62 Officers and Directors 63 FMEA President-Elect Candidates ........ 10-13 How do I get to the conference? Making your case to attend the 2023 FMEA Professional Development Conference .......... 14 The 12 Days of Christmas Featured Component News ....... Causes and Prevention of Overuse Injuries in Musicians ........... PRELUDE TO THE CONFERENCE .............. December 2022 3
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Be the Spark Through Community Leadership

Greetings, colleagues!

I’m thrilled to be a music educa tor! I’m excited to be a music educator! I’m committed to being a music educator! But, most importantly, our students and com munities expect great LEADERSHIP from music educators!

As we continue to lead our music programs this year, be reminded of our upcoming FMEA Professional Development Conference in January 2023. This is an amazing opportunity to increase your hard drive, network with music teachers, meet music merchants, learn from clinicians, observe rehearsals and concerts, and trust in the essence of music education leadership as members of our National Association for Music Education (NAfME). We must lead from the front, through soulful preparation and presentation for our students. Our responsibilities are endless; however, we should recognize we are servants, stand up for others, and “lift every voice.”

Competence goes beyond words. It’s the leader’s ability to say it, plan it, and do it in such a way that others know that you know how— and know that they want to follow you. — John Maxwell

If you build it, they will come. Too often we expect greatness without identi fying the potential issues that might pre vent you and your program from being successful. It is better to have foresight and to use your gut and head to find the best option for you and your organization than not having discernment.

Extended leadership includes finding ways to zoom in on interacting effectively with our students. We should not limit our teaching approaches, the ensemble’s progress, and ultimately our artistry by staying focused on a singular mode of instruction. I learned many years ago from my very fiery middle school and high school band director-brother duo that teaching is the service we pay for the space we occupy. In fact, teaching is the foundation for our leadership, especially from the conducting podium. In our pur suit of musical excellence, we also change minds and behaviors, lift spirits, encour age development, and prepare people for life after school.

Be the spark in your music community, especially as the leader who never settles for less, despite adversity. Wise leaders believe in:

« Building relationships with others

« Encouraging success

« Developing content for their stu dents/community

« Listening to the pulse from within

« Focusing on today, meeting students where they are, inspiring them!

Eight Recommendations for Being a Better Leader

1. Have a vision ...

2. Be more strategic ...

TENACITY, the quality of being very determined, persistent forward momentum with a plan to never stop trying to achieve a goal even in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

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3. Effectively get work done with others ...

4. Be more self-aware and always be willing to grow …

5. Be results focused ...

6. Become better at dealing with conflict ...

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7. Ask great questions ...

8. Make high-quality decisions ...

One of the greatest traits of a music teacher is the ability to work through dif ficult situations. Florida Music Education Association (FMEA) is here to serve our component groups. In the aftermath of hurricane Ian, FMEA has added a page on the FMEA website where you can complete a help request related to your program’s specific needs at this time. As music educators, it is imperative that we are steadfast about communicating the great things that come about through overcoming adversity. This will strength en our place in schools and help develop more relevance for our existence. More importantly, the challenge of teacher shortages will be exacerbated by this current storm we’re all navigating. Be the difference!

I’m very excited to invite each of our Florida collegiates and music teachers from around the state of Florida to participate in the respec tive FMEA Collegiate Ensemble and FMEA Music Teacher Ensemble in January during our FMEA confer ence. Each ensemble will include parts for wind players, strings, gui tar, percussion, and voice.

The purpose of the FMEA Collegiate Ensemble is to promote col laborative quality music participation during our 2023 FMEA Professional Development Conference. Music selections include (1) Bruno Mars Medley, (2) America the Beautiful, (3)

— Maya Angelou

Do What Cha Wanna and Drum Line feature … arranged by Mr. Lindsey Sarjeant, FAMU Marching Band.

All music parts will be uploaded to the 2023 FMEA Collegiate Ensemble Dropbox.

The purpose of the FMEA Music Teacher Ensemble is to promote col laborative quality music participation during our 2023 FMEA Professional Development Conference. Music selections include (1) Amazing Grace (traditional/arr. L. Sarjeant), (2) Lift

Every Voice and Sing, (arr. Roland Carter), and (3) Unity (Maria Corley/ arr. L. Sarjeant, FAMU Marching Band. All music parts will be upload ed to the 2023 FMEA Music Teacher Dropbox.

We’re so grateful to our FMEA teachers who believe in our mission statement: “promoting a quality, comprehensive music education in ALL Florida schools.”

I look forward to seeing you in-per son and on webinars. Remember, our 2023 FMEA Professional Development Conference prom ises to be amazing, so please register NOW at FMEA. org. Shelby R. Chipman, PhD,

Education Association I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
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President Florida Music
CO N T ENTS 28 3K Run & Walk 29 Pre-Conference 30 Welcome 30-31 Important Details 32-33 Registration 34-35 Contracted Hotels 36 Pilot Program 37 Concert Tickets / FAQ 38-39 Student Experiences 40-41 All-State Conductors 42-43 All-State Rehearsal Locations 44-45 FMEA President’s Concert 46-47 FMEA Concerts 48 College Night 48-50 FMEA Mini-Concerts FMEA Professional Development Conference
Shelby R. Chipman, PhD President Florida Music Education Association

Advocacy Report Forward Momentum

With the 2022 midterm elections behind us, and the 2023 legislative session ahead of us, it is time to move forward. Florida’s election results were a bit of an anomaly in terms of national results. If you are disappointed that your candidates did not win, now is the perfect time to roll up your sleeves and work for a brighter future. Music and arts education are nonpartisan issues. Music education has the power to bring people together. No matter what the results are, we learn from them to move forward. Here are some immediate, easy actions you can take.

School Board Races

Some of you may be surprised or disap pointed by the outcome of these races. My suggestion is to do some research so you are better positioned in the future. For example, the overall turnout in my coun ty was approximately 61%, but the voter turnout for the at-large school board race was only 50%. Clearly, we have an issue not just about electing a preferred candi date, but also about educating the public

about the importance of these races. Here are three doable deeds to move music education forward in your district:

« Dig a little deeper on the outcome of your school board elections. You can find your supervisor of election site at myfloridaelections.com/Contactyour-SOE. On this site, you can find out turnout percentages, campaign donation information, and other data to inform your future actions.

« Send a congratulatory message to new school board members if you have not already done so.

« Build a relationship with new mem bers! Make an appointment to meet with new members to talk about the great things happening with music education in your district.

Attend an Advocacy Session at FMEA Conference

Many FMEA members think advocacy is only for colleagues who follow politics closely. Not true. Building high-quality programs, communicating clearly, and voting regularly are responsibilities for all FMEA members. If you want to build forward momentum, make it a priority to attend at least one if not all three of these sessions at the FMEA conference in January. (Check your program or app for last-minute changes.)

Uniting Administrators and Music Educators to Build High-Performing Schools

Friday, January 13, 2023 10:30am-11:30am

Tampa Convention Center, Room 107 Principals and administrators will dis cuss how support for music programs results in successful, effective schools.

FMEA award winners will share best practices to ensure academic success for students while supporting and strength ening music programs. This session is a must for administrators attending the FMEA conference as well as music edu cators seeking to strengthen relationships with school and district administrators.

If your administrator is attending the FMEA conference, this session is a must attend! But more importantly, if you have experienced struggles with your admin istrators, this session will provide tips for working effectively.

School and District Advocacy –Unity Where It Matters Most Friday, January 13, 2023 11:45am-12:45pm

Tampa Convention Center, Room 107 State and nationally recognized music educators will share strategies for advo cating successfully at the school level and district level. Specific tips will be shared along with a discussion of how challenges can be overcome. Join NAfME National President Scott Sheehan and nationally recognized educators Vivian Gonzalez and Kevin Ford to learn how to build a thriving, united educational community and how to advocate for facilities, equip ment, and schedules that will ensure stu dents’ success.

This session is a must for all music educators. These nationally recognized educators have outstanding programs. They are successful advocates not neces sarily as their primary role, but because of their high-quality programs. See how they have turned challenges into oppor tunities. You will be a better teacher, and therefore a better advocate, as a result of attending this session.

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Building Stronger Communities by Running for Office!

Friday, January 13, 2023 1:30pm-2:30pm

Tampa Convention Center, Room 114

For the future of arts education, it is time for music educators to share their expertise and become more engaged in local and state politics. Music educators possess unique skill sets that position them well to support candidates or to serve in elected offices them selves. Music educators work with disparate groups of people (students) to meet a common goal (musical per formance). Music educators are good presenters and good project managers and are able to manage multi ple details to support a common goal. This session will provide information about how best to support your community either by supporting strong candidates or running yourself!

As of press time, we are confirming panelists for this session and are excited to bring this session to you. It will be the first of its kind. If we want a seat at the table, we must be willing to support strong candidates at a minimum.

As the expression goes, exhale the past, inhale the future. Let’s build some great forward momentum.

2022-23 FMEA Membership:

You are eligible for membership in the Florida Music Education Association if you are an individual engaged in the teaching, supervision, or administration of music in elementary and secondary schools, colleges, or universities within the state. Visit FMEA.org/membership to learn more about the benefits of active membership.


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Scott Evans has been a proud Florida music educator for over 26 years. After teaching K-12 students in ele mentary music, middle school chorus, high school chorus, digital music, and keyboard, Mr. Evans currently serves as the senior director of visual and performing arts in Orange County Public Schools. During his tenure in the classroom, active participation in FMEA, FEMEA, FVA, and other professional organizations provided many growth opportunities and lifelong friendships. When an elementary teacher, he received Orff Level 1 certification and invitations for his students to perform for the state FMEA conference and the Florida convention of the American Choral Directors Association. As a second ary teacher, his students consistently received superior music performance assessment ratings, and his low-voice ensemble also performed at the FMEA conference.

In his current position, he is well noted as a visionary leader, tirelessly advocating for a quality, comprehensive music education for ALL students in their classrooms and student opportunities in collaboration with numerous Central Florida arts organizations and businesses. His focus on equal access for all students, regardless of socio economic status or ethnicity, has resulted in all 200 OCPS schools being served by certified arts educators. During his tenure as senior director, the number of arts educa tors serving OCPS students has grown from 525 to more than 800. Recognizing this ongoing student and teacher support, the National Association of Music Merchants has named OCPS one of the Best Communities for Music

Education for the past five years. Scott Evans continues to serve his professional organizations as well, formerly as president of the Florida Music Supervision Association and currently on the FMEA board as professional devel opment chair.


A native of Boston, I grew up in a household full of music. My parents were both music educators, my K-12 education included rich arts opportunities, and music played a cen tral role in my church worship experiences. The first time I fell in love with music was when I was six years old and heard members of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Boy Choir singing the descant to O Come All Ye Faithful at the midnight service. I immediately told my mom I needed to be a part of whatever ensemble was making those beau tiful sounds and joined the choir shortly after. I studied piano, joined the middle school band to learn the clarinet, and played the harpsichord in our high school chamber orchestra. These music education experiences shaped who I am today and gave me an incredible opportunity to express myself creatively. I want all students to have what I had and beyond. Music education is my calling. I received a BME degree from the University of Massachusetts and MME degree from the University of Central Florida.

I have a deep-rooted sense of urgency to ensure music classrooms are a place where all students can thrive as we work to cultivate their gifts and inspire their futures. I strongly believe in the mission of this organization to

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promote quality, comprehensive music education for ALL in all Florida schools from early childhood to the university level. I believe FMEA must continue an active role in preparing and supporting teachers throughout their professional lives. I believe FMEA must continue collaborations with all arts organizations in Florida to advocate for government support for the arts. My vision for music education in Florida is that ALL students can access music education that reflects our state’s rich cul tural diversity. As the umbrella organization of the many component organizations, I seek for FMEA to harness our collective influence to ensure access to music education is not determined by ZIP code. I believe all students should be taught by certified music educators who are well equipped to inspire, instruct, and nurture our next gen eration of Florida residents. I am honored to be a Florida Music Education Association president-elect candidate as we work together to champion music for ALL!

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Rosemary Pilonero


Pilonero is in her 29th year of teaching music and ninth year as the music teacher and chorus director at The Villages Elementary of Lady Lake in Lake County. She previously taught at Lake Panasoffkee Elementary School in Sumter County for eight years. Before moving to Florida in 2006, Rosemary taught music for 12 years in Ramsey, New Jersey, where her job included a variety of roles: fifth grade beginning band director, elementary general music teacher, mid dle school chorus accompanist, and assistant director of the high school marching band. She has earned two music education degrees—a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a master’s degree from Montclair State University in New Jersey. In 2009 and 2018, she was selected Teacher of the Year at her school. Mrs. Pilonero completed her Orff certi fication at Stetson University in Deland and attended Orff master classes with Jay Broeker and Karen Medley. Having served as treasurer and assistant course director/ vendor liaison, Rosemary has been an active member of the Central Florida Orff Chapter since 2006. She has taken on the role of clinician/conductor in various ven ues including several all-county Orff ensembles and the FEMEA regionals just this year. She has presented several elementary music workshops for school districts and Orff chapters. Rosemary has demonstrated her passion to serve and lead by serving as a regional representative on the American Orff-Schulwerk Association National Board of Trustees (2019-2022), past president of the Florida Elementary Music Educators’ Association, co-coordinator

of the FMEA All-State Orff Ensemble, event coordinator for the FMEA conference (2022), and elementary clinics chair of the FMEA Conference Planning Committee. Rosemary was named 2021 FMEA Elementary Music Educator of the Year. She lives in Wildwood with her hus band, Mark, and their dogs, Bella and Dolce.


FMEA is an essential part of our profession. The value of FMEA membership and its components has only been magnified by the pandemic and post-COVID education. Due to there being only one or two music educators at most schools, I strongly believe in collaboration and shar ing among those in our specialized areas. We are stronger as a whole. We need to advocate for ourselves and our students, and that can only be done when we are a united group. We each serve in a critical role as advocates for our students’ musical growth and artistry. Not only do we provide the musical foundation for our students, but we also help form their attitudes about the arts. Through all the challenges in our profession, we must be careful not to lose the passion that drives us. I believe that FMEA plays a critical role in keeping that passion alive by providing world-class professional development, program funding through grants and student scholarships, advocacy, stu dent ensembles, and various opportunities for collabora tion. All of these facets come together to support the goals of music education for EVERY child. FMEA continues to grow and blossom, and its vitality is more important now than ever. As president of FEMEA, I helped steer the

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organization through substantial transformations that now cast a wider net to reach more students. The FEMEA regional choruses and Orff ensembles came to fruition and now provide a broader space and place for wonderful ly talented and devoted elementary musicians throughout the state. My experience as regional representative on the National Board of Trustees of the American OrffSchulwerk Association has not only honed my leadership skills, but also broadened my vision and experiences since serving as FEMEA president. My continuous work behind the scenes of the FMEA conference has allowed me to be involved in many aspects of our organization. I am dedi cated to enthusiastic teaching as a means of creating and nurturing a lifelong love of music in ALL students. Thank you, FEMEA President Joani Slawson, for this nomina tion on behalf of the elementary component. I would be honored to share the passion for our profession through servant leadership as FMEA president.

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How do I get to the conference? Making your case to attend the 2023 FMEA Professional Development Conference

Gettingapproval to attend the Florida Music Education Association Professional Development Conference may require developing a proposal. Due to tight budgets in today’s economy, school principals and districts carefully scrutinize requests to attend profes sional development. That does not mean you should not give it your best effort by showing your administrators how your attendance will benefit the students in your school. Rather than assuming your administrators are aware of the critical importance of you professionally benefitting from content-specific sessions, consider sub mitting a formal proposal.

Through this proposal, you can demonstrate how your participation directly relates to the strategies and the objectives of your school (including those beyond the classroom). This will allow you to articulate the need for your continuing education and how it will benefit your students, your school, and you.

Develop Your Case

« Write down three of the most important goals and strategies being addressed in your school’s plan.

« Think about how you personally contribute to those three goals and strategies. How does your work as a music educator affect the overall mission of your school? Make a list of your personal contributions to your school’s goals and strategies.

« Review the conference’s professional development schedule to better understand how the information provided will support your school’s goals. Mark meetings that relate to your list of personal contribu

tions to the attainment of those goals and strategies, and make note of the clinicians and others you will be able to observe and/or with whom you will be able to interact while at the conference. List the high-qual ity performances you will observe and from which you will learn. You can download the conference app from the FMEA’s website and bookmark your sessions.

« Write down your case for how attending the FMEA Professional Development Conference and meeting the people there will help you contribute to your school’s goals and strategies, and use this case with your administrators when making your request to attend the conference.

When you create your proposal, in addition to provid ing a summary of the funding you will need, detail your case for attending. List your school’s goals, download the conference schedule, list the sessions and the clinicians and presenters who will be there, and list the specific ses sions you plan to attend. Also, list the performing groups you will have the opportunity to observe during rehears als with national clinicians as well as the performances by these well-known conductors (from whom you can gain programming and conducting ideas). Additionally, let your administrators know that this conference has more than 10,000 teachers, administrators, students, and parents in attendance, the second largest music education conference in the nation.

Finally, ask your administrators to support you to attend the FMEA Professional Development Conference in Tampa, Florida, January 11-14, 2023.

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2022-2023 DONORS

Thank you to all of the donors who have shown their dedication to the improvement of music education in Florida by supporting our Mission through financial contributions.

Our donors support specific causes by donating to the FMEA funds of their choice:

FMEA Scholarship Fund Music Education Advocacy General Fund

June M. Hinckley Scholarship Professional Development for Members Mel & Sally Schiff Music Education Relief Fund

The following have graciously donated to FMEA from April 1, 2022, through November 7, 2022.


$10,000 and up

No current donors at this time.


$1,000 – $9,999 All County Music Artie Almeida

In Honor of June Audrey Grace & Katie Grace Miller

Clifford Madsen

Russell Robinson


$100 – $999

Carlos Abril

In Honor of Dr. Nicholas DeCarbo Lucinda Balistreri

In Honor of music educators in Sarasota

Christopher Banks Kasia Bugaj

Dale Choate

Deborah Confredo

Alice-Ann Darrow

In Memory of Mr. & Mrs. O.B. Darrow

Virginia Densmore

In Honor of Vicki Rhodes Virginia Dickert

In Memory of Lindsay Keller & Debbie Liles

Scott Evans

Kristin Greene

In Memory of Charles E. Inderwiesen, Jr. Stanley Hoch

Dennis Holt

Frank Howes

In Memory of Richard Bowles & Harry Grant Marsha Juday

Steve & Beth Kelly

Sheila King

In Memory of John W. King

Jason Locker

In Memory of June M. Hinckley & In Honor of those impacted by Hurricane Ian David Martinez-Cooley

Robert McCormick Carolyn Minear

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S U S TA INE RS continued

John Nista

In Memory of Stanley Dmitrenko

Mar y Palmer

In Memory of Amy Catherine Palmer

David Pletincks

In Honor of Alexis & Jonathan Pletincks

Jeanne Reynolds

In Honor of Pinellas County Performing Arts Teachers

Rollins College Department of Music Mar y Catherine Salo

In Memory of Gary Rivenbark & Wes Rainer Steven Salo

In Honor of John “Buck” Jamison & Dr. William Prince Kathleen Sanz

In Memory of June M. Hinckley Fred Schiff

J.Mark Scott

In Honor of Dr. Andre Thomas, Dr. Judy Arthur, & Dr. Judy Bowers Scott Sheehan

In Honor of those impacted by Hurricane Ian


$25 – $99

Scott Apelgren

Michael Antmann

Judy Arthur

In Honor of Raymond Kickliter & Nancy Marsters William Bauer

David Bayardelle

On Behalf of Harry Spyker Mark Belfast

In Memory of D r. Mark A. Belfast, Sr Richard Bradford

In Honor of William S. & Helen H. Bradford Greg Carswell

Shelby Chipman

In Memory of Herbert Rhodes, Sr Blair Clawson

In Honor of Ginny Densmore, Alice-Ann Darrow, & Vicki Rhodes Dayna Cole

In Memory of Linda Mann Paul Davis

Marc Decker

Dewey Dodds

D.Gregory Springer

Jeannine Stemmer

In Memory of Barbara Kingman & Lauren Alonso Leiland Theriot

In Memory of Clayton Krehbiel Richard Uhler

James Weaver

Howard Weinstein

In Memory of Barry Weinstein Donald West

In Memory of Ron Powell, Vista Audio Productions, Inc. Blair Williams

David Williams

Billy B. Williamson Marilyn Wirsz

In Memory of Bill & Shirley Head

Anonymous (1) In Memory of Bonnie Nista

Judith Evans

Bradley Franks

In Memory of Gary W. Rivenbark Julie Hebert

Julia House

In Memory of Dr. Kimberle Moon McKee Monroe Lewis

Joseph Luechauer

Kevin Lusk

John Marshall

Lloyd McIntyre

In Memory of Bob Hager

Kim Miles

Katie Grace Miller

In Honor of Artie Almeida

Victor Mongillo Ree Nathan Galen Peters

Edward Prasse

Melissa Rawls John Sinclair Joanna Sobkowska Parsons John Southall

Mark Stevens Valerie Terry David Verdoni John Watkins Sondra Wenninger Collins Graeme Winder

On Behalf of all our hardworking music educators

Anonymous (5)

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Crystal Berner Laurie Bitters Bruce Green Walter Halil
FRIE NDS up to $24 P R E S B Y M U S I C . O R G / 2 0 2 3 C O N F E R E N C E JUNE 18 -23 & JUNE 25-30 Montreat, North Carolina Eric Wall Service Musician Mark Burrows Children's Choir Clinician VictorJohnson Middler Choir Clinician Elisa Dekaney Senior High Clinician Tony McNeill Service Musician Jason Max Ferdinand Adult Choir Clinician Sandra Eithun Handbell Co-Director Brian Childers Handbell Co-Director Nathaniel Gumbs Organ Recitalist Worship&Music C o n f e r e n c e P r e s b y t e r i a n A s s o c i a t i o n o f M u s i c i a n s December 2022 17
Amanda Quist In Memory of Patricia Koning

We would like to feature Jeannine’s column in this issue because of the timeliness of her creativity as we gear up for the holidays, the new year, and the 2023 FMEA conference.

Enjoy the season!


Congratulations to all our members who completed the all-state audition process. As your president, I think it is important for me to tell you that I failed the FVA all-state musicianship test my junior year in high school. It stung at first, but eventually I moved on to try again. The greatest lessons life has offered me have been through failing and trying again. Unfortunately, my all-state experience was not the first or the last of these lessons but the one most applicable to this moment. I did pass in my senior year and was able to go and sing in the allstate choir.

As we all celebrate the successes of those students who will move on and prepare for one of the best expe riences of the year, let’s sing a little song together to encourage laughter amid the chaos.

On the first day of Christmas my admin gave to me: – a Field Trip Packet for FMEA

On the second day of Christmas my admin gave to me: – 2 Chaperones – and a Field Trip Packet for FMEA

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On the third day of Christmas my admin gave to me: – 3 Purchase Orders – 2 Chaperones – and a Field Trip Packet for FMEA

On the fourth day of Christmas my admin gave to me: – 4 Parent Emails – 3 Purchase Orders – 2 Chaperones – and a Field Trip Packet for FMEA

On the fifth day of Christmas my admin gave to me: – 5 Hotel Rooms – 4 Parent Emails – 3 Purchase Orders – 2 Chaperones – and a Field Trip Packet for FMEA

On the sixth day of Christmas my admin gave to me: – 6 Bus Phone Numbers – 5 Hotel Rooms – 4 Parent Emails – 3 Purchase Orders – 2 Chaperones – and a Field Trip Packet for FMEA

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On the seventh day of Christmas my admin gave to me:

– 7 Missing Music

– 6 Bus Phone Numbers

– 5 Hotel Rooms

– 4 Parent Emails – 3 Purchase Orders – 2 Chaperones – and a Field Trip Packet for FMEA

On the eighth day of Christmas my admin gave to me: – 8 Forgot Their Bow Tie – 7 Missing Music – 6 Bus Phone Numbers – 5 Hotel Rooms – 4 Parent Emails – 3 Purchase Orders – 2 Chaperones – and a Field Trip Packet for FMEA

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On the tenth day of Christmas my admin gave to me: – 10,000 Steps of Walking – 9 Different Schedules

– 8 Forgot Their Bow Tie – 7 Missing Music – 6 Bus Phone Numbers

– 5 Hotel Rooms – 4 Parent Emails – 3 Purchase Orders – 2 Chaperones – and a Field Trip Packet for FMEA

On the eleventh day of Christmas my admin gave to me: – 11 Registrations

– 10,000 Steps of Walking – 9 Different Schedules

– 8 Forgot Their Bow Tie – 7 Missing Music – 6 Bus Phone Numbers – 5 Hotel Rooms – 4 Parent Emails – 3 Purchase Orders – 2 Chaperones – and a Field Trip Packet for FMEA

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Overuse Injuries in Musicians and Prevention of A

An overuse injury is defined as a condition in which body tissues have been pushed beyond their biological limit. This type of injury is most commonly caused by repetitive phys ical actions. Performing musicians and music educators are particularly at high risk of developing overuse injuries. The majority of musicians will experience some form of occupa tional injury (or pain while performing) over the course of their career (Ackermann et al., 2002; Bonner, 2021; Horvath, 2010; Montello, 2010). However, there are several reasons why musicians ignore their pain, such as unforgiving rehearsal/ performance expectations, a lack of knowledge about the associated risks, or to preserve their social/professional image (Bonner, 2021; Horvath, 2010; Montello, 2010). The presentation of overuse injuries varies among the different categories of musicians (vocalists, string players, etc.) but is ultimately characterized by debilitating—and potentially career-ending—pain. Musicians of all levels (students, edu cators, and professional performers) are at risk of developing overuse injuries and need to be aware of the early signs and of the associated preventative methods.

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Causes and Prevention

Defining Overuse Injuries

The three main categories of overuse injuries include sprains and strains, nerve entrapment syndrome, and neurologic disorders (Horvath, 2010). Because of the nature of a musician’s daily routine, there is a high risk of muscle strain or injury of the tendons associated with musical practice or teaching (Horvath, 2010). Contributing factors include attending long rehearsals without breaks, having poor performance posture, and holding a large amount of physical and psychological tension for extend ed periods of time. The at-risk regions of the body vary depending on the individual’s instrument but typically include the upper back, arms, hands, and facial muscles.

Nerve entrapment syndrome occurs when there is excess pressure on a portion of the peripheral nervous system. If ignored, it can lead to a pinched nerve or per manent nerve damage (Cleveland Clinic, 2022). Examples of nerve entrapments include carpal tunnel syndrome, radial tunnel syndrome, sciatica, or ulnar nerve entrap ment (Cleveland Clinic, 2022; Horvath, 2010). Causes of this category of injury include physical traumas (e.g., a hard fall) or overuse, which leads to swelling and inflammation (Cleveland Clinic, 2022). Musicians are particularly at risk for developing nerve entrapment syndrome due to frequent wrist use, poor posture, and static loading of the musculoskeletal sys tem (Dawson, 2006; Horvath, 2010). Static loading is defined as a postural muscular

activity in which asymmetrical or tense positions are maintained for extended periods of time (e.g., holding one’s arm outstretched for several minutes), which results in restricted blood flow and reduced oxygen to the mus cles (Horvath, 2010). Nerve entrapment syndrome must be diagnosed by a medical professional with the use of electromyography (EMG), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), neuromuscular ultrasounds, or x-rays (Cleveland Clinic, 2022). It is critical that the injury be addressed in the early stages to reduce the need for surgical treatments and to avoid permanent damage to the body.

Neurologic disorders are a more severe category of overuse injury and are characterized by a constant sen sation of pain and the loss of use of the particular portion of the body (Cleveland Clinic, 2022). Examples of neuro logic disorders include tendonitis, capsulitis (enflamed flexor tendons), or tenosynovitis (irritation of the wrist and thumb tendons) (Cleveland Clinic, 2022; Dawson, 2006; Horvath, 2010). Bonner (2021) examined the impact of resting periods on the development of overuse injuries in musicians and found that taking frequent breaks of minutes or hours allows the body sufficient time to repair itself and decreases the overall risk of injury.

Musicians who choose to ignore the signs of distress in their body are at risk of developing repetitive strain injuries (RSI). RSI is the “umbrella term for several cumu lative trauma disorders caused by overuse” and indicates damage to an individual’s hand, arm, neck, and shoul ders (Horvath, 2010, p. 11). Similarly, Yang and colleagues (2021) examined the development of performance-related

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musculoskeletal disorders in musicians and found that all categories of musician are at a high risk of developing permanent physical issues due to non-ergonomic instru ments, asymmetric performance postures, and frequent muscle fatigue. Findings also indicated that musicians do not tend to seek medical advice for their pain until it is too late and they are physically unable to play (Yang et al., 2021). Medical professionals urge musicians to be aware of their body and to take action at the first signs of physical distress. Musicians should seek out medical pro fessionals with experience treating musicians and should take their instrument (if applicable) to the diagnosis appointment (Dawson, 2006; Yang et al., 2021). If ignored, the injury becomes a permanent and cyclical issue in which the musician cannot perform due to intense phys ical pain, decides to play regardless of the pain, further injures their body, and continues to be unable to perform due to physical pain.

Common Causes of Overuse Injuries

Musicians are at high risk of developing overuse injuries due to the demanding nature of the occupation (or degree requirements), the lack of musical health training, and individual risk factors (e.g., preexisting health conditions or playing an instrument that is too large). Overuse injuries in musicians are generally caused by one of the following circumstances: uncontrollable physical condi tions that alter a musician’s biology (e.g., growth spurts or genetic health issue), controllable physical conditions (e.g., poor posture, inadequate rest, or excess pressure or tension), or external psychological influences (e.g., per formance anxiety or stress) (Bonner, 2021; Horvath, 2010).

The type of overuse injury experienced is closely asso ciated with a musician’s instrument, gender, and specific occupation. For example, Bonner (2021) found that female professional musicians are more at risk of developing overuse injuries due to their typically smaller hands and frames. It is also possible, due to the highly competitive nature of musical performance careers, and the small per centage of female musicians who have made it to the pro fessional level, that women are more likely than men to ignore the early signs of injury in order to maintain their position and reputation in an ensemble. Similarly, music educators are more likely to suffer from vocal strain due to the need to speak/sing all day and large class sizes that

require louder, more forceful speaking. Schwartz (2009) examined the risk of vocal strain in specifically vocal music educators and found that choral directors have a significantly higher chance of developing voice and throat problems (e.g., loss of range, excessive breathiness, or pitch or register breaks) than other music educators. Clements-Cortes (2013) suggested that music educators, especially voice instructors, be aware of the signs of the four most common categories of vocal disorder (vocal nodes, contact ulcers, vocal polyps, and laryngitis). Music educators in general are also encouraged to seek voice therapy as needed in order to restore their speaking and singing abilities before permanent damage occurs (Clements-Cortes, 2013).

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Existing studies have also examined the risks of specific physical injuries asso ciated with different instrument families. Bonner (2021) examined the impact of instruments that require an asymmetrical posture (specifically classical guitar) on individuals’ risk of injury compared to musicians who perform with a bilateral posture (e.g., piano). Findings indicated that the asymmetrical postures placed a larger degree of strain on the body, although the tendency to hold unneces sary tension was present regardless of instrument (Bonner, 2021). Yang et al. (2021) provided further detail about the risk of asymmetrical performance postures and the development of back and shoulder injuries. Additionally, researchers con sidered the amount of force required for an instrument to be played (e.g., percus sionists regularly striking their instru ments increases the strain on wrists and forearms), the weight of the instrument

(e.g., saxophonists hold their instrument primarily with their right hand), and the risk of hearing loss associated with each instrument (Yang et al., 2021). Russell and Benedetto (2014) examined the predict ing factors associated with upper body pain in string players and found signif icant relationships between the report ed degree and location of pain and (1) the self-reported level of enjoyment of playing, (2) the self-reported number of hours per week spent practicing, and (3) an examination of individual playing posture. Findings also suggested a weak relationship between participants’ per ceived degree of psychological stress and their self-reported pain, suggesting that individuals who are more prone to anxi ety or who do not enjoy the music-making process as much are more likely to per ceive the experience as physically painful (Russell & Benedetto, 2014). Dawson (2006) examined instances of overuse injuries

specific to students involved in marching band and found increased frequency of dehydration (directly related to muscle health), foot and ankle injuries, and upper back injuries.

Prevention of Overuse Injuries

It is critical that musicians are aware of the early signs of overuse injuries and take the necessary steps to address issues before they become debilitating. First, the individual musician must be aware of their overall fitness level and protect their health in general. Often, injuries occur when musicians attempt to perform with a non-music-related injury (e.g., cut lip or sprained wrist) or without first addressing their body’s basic needs (e.g., adequate nutrition, proper hydration, or adequate rest) (Bonner, 2021; Horvath, 2010; Montello, 2010). Individuals with preexisting health conditions like arthri tis must be cognizant of their physical

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limitations and make efforts not to further aggravate those particular regions of the body (Horvath, 2010). Second, the individ ual musician should be wary of feeling unusually fatigued during a practice ses sion, feeling lasting tingling or burning sensations, or of experiencing pain that is more lingering or more intense than the usual soreness associated with musi cal activities (Horvath, 2010; Yang et al., 2021). Musical practice should be paused or adapted at the first signs of pain or physical change. Musicians should seek medical attention if the issue does not resolve itself after an adequate period of rest (Yang et al., 2021). Music students should be encouraged to self-evaluate their individual tendencies with regard to the holding of tension and to exam ine their typical physical responses to emotional stress (Montello, 2010). There are several performance aids designed to alleviate the pain of instrumental music performance, including neck straps, torso harnesses, musician earplugs, wrist braces, and elastic tape, among others (Horvath, 2010; Yang et al., 2021).

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for musicians to ignore their pain entirely to protect their reputations or place their own personal needs second to the perfor mance schedule/requirements with “the show must go on” mentality (Bonner, 2021; Williamon & Thompson, 2006). However, there is a time to push through the pain, and there is a point where the body is potentially suffering perma nent physical damage. Existing research suggests several reasons for musicians’ reluctance to seek medical care, including taxing performance schedules (which are challenging to pause), a lack of knowledge about the early signs or associated risks of injury, or the desire to protect their social/ professional image as someone who is fit to perform (Bonner, 2021; Dawson, 2006;

Horvath, 2010). Williamon and Thompson (2006) examined the health-related knowl edge and habits of undergraduate music performance majors; they found that par ticipants were aware of the general risks of overuse injuries but were unlikely to seek medical attention for their maladies (mostly related to performance anxiety and pain in the back and shoulders). The majority of participants reported that their first step in addressing physical pain was typically to seek the advice of their studio professor. This implies a necessity for music educators of the collegiate level to be well-trained in injury prevention and to be aware of helpful student resources (Williamon & Thompson, 2006).

Existing studies have highlighted a need for health-related curriculum in secondary ensembles and within higher education to protect the well-being of the student musicians and music educators alike (Ackermann et al., 2002; Dawson,

2006; Horvath, 2010; Russell & Benedetto, 2014; Williamon & Thompson, 2006). Ackermann et al. (2002) examined the efficacy of a six-week physical training regimen for undergraduate music majors. Participants worked toward strengthen ing their core muscles and exercising the opposite muscle sets, which remained inactive during long periods of musi cal practice (Ackermann et al., 2002). Findings were organized by the degree of increase in individual strength by instru ment family and suggest the use of ther apeutic resistance training to alleviate the risk of overuse injuries in musicians (Ackermann et al., 2002). Kreutz and col leagues (2009) examined the degree to which music performance majors were focused on their health and whether it was reflected in their actions. Findings indicated that the majority of participants were aware of their psychosocial health

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but tended to ignore their physical health (Kreutz, et al., 2009). Implications from both of these studies suggest that further effort is required from music educators and from institutions of higher education to provide information and resources on this topic.

Preservice teacher preparation pro grams should make efforts to include training related to injury prevention and to awareness of the early signs of distress (Ackermann et al., 2002; Bonner, 2021; Dawson, 2006; Kreutz, et al., 2009). The psychological stressors associated with the study of music could be addressed with relaxation and mindfulness tech niques, including progressive relaxation, autogenic training, yoga, meditation, and imagery training (Montello, 2010). Music educators should be cautious when plac ing smaller students on large instruments and can encourage the use of assistive tools including ergonomic chairs, neck straps, torso harnesses, and instrument stands (e.g., sousaphone posture chair) (Dawson, 2006; Horvath, 2010). Regular rehearsals should include short breaks, and students should be encouraged to develop healthy practice habits. For example, a student who practices for several hours at a time and tends to hold a large amount of tension in their upper extremities should be encouraged to move/stretch periodically or to shift sitting positions (Ackermann et al., 2002; Dawson, 2006; Horvath, 2010). Music edu cators should consider reducing the need to strain their speaking voice by breaking large classes into smaller groups when possible, by moving around the rehearsal space rather than yelling across the room, and by implementing assistive technol ogies like microphones—especially in the case of outdoor marching band—as needed.

Due to the emphasis on performance in the field of music, there is a tendency for musicians to ignore their pain in the name of career development. Existing studies recommend revising the concept of musical success to include elements of physical health (Bonner, 2021; Dawson, 2006; Horvath, 2010; Kreutz, et al., 2009; Montello, 2010). Perhaps a musician who reaches the highest level of performance achievement, but at the cost of their abil ity to play, should be less revered than a musician who models awareness of their physical limitations.


Overuse injuries occur when the body is pushed past its biological limit and may cause permanent physical damage if not addressed in the early stages. All types of musicians are at high risk of developing this type of injury due to the repetitive nature of singing or of playing an instru ment and the tendency of musicians to ignore the signs of physical distress. The most effective way to prevent the develop ment of overuse injuries is with adequate preservice teacher preparation and peda gogy that emphasizes the importance of physical health. Too often, musicians are encouraged to “push through the pain” in the name of the craft, but this trend ulti mately harms the individual.



is earning the PhD in music education from the University of Miami where she also earned the MME (2021). She earned the BME from Stephen F. Austin State University (2014) and has five years of public school teaching experi ence in East Texas.


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Clements-Cortés, A. (2013). Vocal disorders, injuries, and conditions: Considerations for music educators. Canadian Music Educator, 55(2), 35–37.

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Building Community: Your Voice Matters!

2023 FMEA Pre-Conference

Wednesday, January 11, 2023—1-5 pm

Do you remember who or what influenced your decision to become a music educator?

The noise of today’s news, politics, and social media can challenge your emotional health and cause you to lose sight of your why.

Participant interest will guide our facilitated discussions as we engage with teacher leaders throughout Florida to examine the current state of the profession, what led us to this point, and how we move forward with a renewed passion for music’s essential and vibrant role in the curriculum. This open and honest dialogue will be the catalyst for a plan of action to build camaraderie and to be a more inclusive professional community of music educators. FMEA values each member’s unique perspective, so come and let your voice be heard!


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Scott Sheehan

2023 FMEA Professional Development Conference


Building Communities One

Note at a Time

January 11-14, 2023

Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL


can’t wait to see you in Tampa this January!

The FMEA Professional Development Conference is one of the largest music education professional development events in the United States. In addition to approximately 250 clinic sessions and concerts, it is host to 23 all-state ensembles featuring Florida’s top band, orchestra, chorus, guitar, Orff, and popular music students conducted by world-class conductors and teachers. It is attended by more than 10,000 people, including secondary music directors, elementary music teachers, music supervisors, college students, college music teachers, school administrators, K-12 students performing in the all-state ensembles, students and professional musicians performing with invited performing ensembles, exhibitors, and parents and family members of performing students.

Photography/ Videography


By registering for this event, I hereby grant per mission to use any and all photographic imagery and video footage taken of me at this event and activities pertaining to this event, without payment or any other consideration. I understand that such materials may be published electronically or in print, or used in pre sentations or exhibitions.

So many reasons to participate:

« An exhibit hall with world-class exhibitors providing products and services for music educators and students

« More than 2,800 music teachers and 200 administrators

« More than 120 sessions, covering a variety of topics for all music educators, with on-demand access to recordings after the conference

« Performances and mini-concerts from some of Florida’s top music programs

« Networking opportunities, college fair, awards ceremony, and other special events

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Important Dates

Security Procedures

The Florida Music Education Association is working with the Tampa Police Department and Allied Security at the Tampa Convention Center (TCC) to enhance the conference experience for the students and attendees.

Great News!

In order to help keep attendees safe, there will be a height ened security presence throughout the TCC and at various hotels. All entrances to the TCC will be patrolled by uni formed officers of the Tampa Police Department and uni formed Allied Security personnel. They will be patrolling the TCC as well. The Tampa Police Department will be at

the crosswalks between Marriott Tampa Water Street and the TCC, at concerts, and patrolling some of the downtown hotels during rehearsals.

All attendees (this includes members, exhibitors, chaper ones, and student participants) must wear their conference badge during the conference once the authorized registrant obtains the conference packet.

Enjoy the Conference Experience!

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Membership in FMEA and NAfME is a prerequisite for registration. See the Registration Policies on our website for details.

All registration information must be entered online, beginning September 17. At the end of the online form, you will have the opportunity to print an invoice to send in with a check until one week before the preregistration deadline or to pay online instantly with a credit card until the preregistration deadline.

Please Note: To assist our members, their students, and chaperones as they visit exhibit booths, all badges will have a barcode encoded with contact infor mation. Attendees will be able to allow exhibitors to scan their badges rather than manually writing information on contact cards or mailing lists at their booths. In order to maintain a positive relation ship with our exhibitors who can benefit your students through scholarships, new equipment, sheet music, software, and more, we ask that you please provide the ACTUAL, CORRECT MAILING ADDRESS and EMAIL for each of your students and chaperones and do NOT simply enter your school address or other incorrect information.

Note: If you are mailing a check to the FMEA office to pay for your registration, it must be postmarked early enough so that it will ARRIVE in the FMEA office before the preregistration deadline.

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Fees Description Preregistration Rates: Sept. 17-Dec. 11 On-Site Rates: Director/Member $155 $200 Collegiate Member $70 $100 Retired Member $25 $25 Non-Teaching Spouse $100 $150 Non-Teaching Spouse of Retired Member $0 $0 Paid Chaperone $75 $125 Free Chaperone $0 $0 All-State Student $75 $125 Tri-M Student $50 $75 Preconference Workshop $75 $125 Preconference
$75 $125 Student
$50 $75 Student
$50 $75
Workshop (First-Year Teacher)
Experience – Student
Experience – Chaperone
To take advantage of early discounted rates, you must register and pay before the deadlines.

Registration Policies

1. All participants—directors, students, chaperones, and guests—must be registered for the conference.

2. Only directors may register their groups or pick up registration materials if preregistered.

3. All participating students must be chaperoned. As required by FMEA and FSMA, at least one chaperone other than a director is required for every ten (10) students or fraction thereof; however, FMEA policy allows for one free chaperone for every six (6) students or fraction thereof.

4. An additional paid chaperone may be registered for (a) each six (6) students registered or (b) for each all-state rehearsal site where registered students are performing.

5. If a participating student is not accompanied by the director from that student’s school, then the principal from that school must furnish a letter designating the person from the school or school district who is to be in charge of that student. The letter should be addressed to the FMEA executive director, must explain the extenuating circumstances preventing the director from attending, and must be submitted with registration materials. The school will be notified of approval.

6. Student observers are not allowed to attend the conference. If any student observers are brought to the conference, the offending school’s participation in the conference may be eliminated the following year. (Tri-M students registered and participating in sessions or working for the all-state concerts are exempt from this rule.)

7. All school music teachers must register for the conference as FMEA directors and must be current members of the FMEA. This includes directors of invited performing groups or mini-concerts, and session presenters. All-state conductors from Florida schools, colleges, or universities must also be FMEA members. No current music teacher may register as a chaperone.

Refund Policies

1. Full registration refunds are available for cancellation requests made through December 15, 2022.

2. No registration refunds will be made for cancellations made after December 15, 2022, except for emergency situations. These will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

3. Refunds must be requested in writing (email is acceptable).

4. All requests for refunds must be received no later than January 31, 2023. Requests received after that date will not be processed.

5. All refunds will be issued after the conference is completed.

6. There are no refunds for concert tickets.

Chaperone Registration

Chaperone registration is based on the following rules:

Elementary Students

« For each elementary student registered, one free chaperone and one paid chaperone may be registered.

« Any additional attendees must purchase a guest pass at on-site registration for entry into the convention center.

Middle School and High School Students

« For every six (6) students registered, one free chaperone and one paid chaperone may be registered. No other chaperones may be registered until the seventh student is registered.

« Any additional attendees (chaperones or guests) must purchase a guest pass at on-site registration for entry into the convention center.

« Exceptions

• If you have students in more than one performing ensemble, you may pay for a chaperone for each performing ensemble in which you have registered students.

• If you have students from different schools, you may pay for a chaperone for each school for which you have registered students.

Chaperones are not allowed to bring other children who are not participating in an all-state ensemble Only registered students, teachers, and chaperones wearing a conference badge are allowed in and around the rehearsal areas. Directors are asked to make sure their chaperones are aware of this policy before agreeing to serve as a chaperone.

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Greetings! It’s that wonderful time of year when we start planning our very special conference event. The Florida Music Education Association has contracted the following Tampa hotels for the January 11-14, 2023, Professional Development Conference. Please telephone your hotel of choice directly from the list below beginning Sept. 24, 2022, at 9 am EDT. Guest rooms at the contracted rates are available until the room block is full or until the cancellation deadline of Nov. 12, 2022, at 5 pm EST. If your hotel of choice is sold out, please continue to try to make a reservation until Nov. 12, 2022, as FMEA attendees will periodically release surplus guest rooms.

A maximum of five (5) guest rooms may be reserved per teacher or parent. Each and all rooms reserved on Nov. 14, 2022, will be charged a non refundable, one-night fee to the respon sible credit cardholder. (Invalid credit cards risk reservation cancellation.)

We urge any guest holding surplus reservations/rooms to cancel excess reservation(s) as soon as possible and no later than 5 pm EST on Nov. 12, 2022, and you must secure a cancellation confirmation number. (This courtesy will make surplus rooms available to other guests.) In order to receive compli mentary rehearsal and meeting space, you should book guest rooms in the hotel you are using for your group functions.

NOTE: FMEA IS NOT offering a housing bureau service. All participants MUST call the hotels directly beginning Sept. 24, 2022, at 9 am EDT to request the “Florida Music Education Association” room block rate and confirm the guest room rate listed on the next page. We look forward to seeing you in Tampa!

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January 11-14, 2023

Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL

Contracted Hotels


– Cutoff date: 11/12/22

Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk

111 West Fortune Street, Tampa, FL 33602

Comp. internet & self parking

Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Tampa 102 East Cass Street, Tampa, FL 33602 Comp. internet; $30 valet only

Embassy Suites Downtown 513 South Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602 Comp. internet & breakfast; $24 valet only

Embassy Suites Tampa Airport Westshore 555 North Westshore Blvd., Tampa, FL 33609 Comp. internet, self-parking, & breakfast

Four Points by Sheraton Suites

Tampa Airport Westshore 4400 West Cypress Street, Tampa, FL 33607 Comp. internet & shuttle to Tampa airport; $10 self parking

Hampton Inn Tampa Downtown Channel District 1155 East Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33602 Comp. internet & breakfast; $22 self parking

Hilton Downtown 211 North Tampa Street, Tampa, FL 33602 $9.99 internet (Comp. for HH); $35 valet only

Home 2 Suites Tampa Downtown Channel District 1155 East Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33602 Comp. internet & breakfast; $22 self parking

Hotel Tampa Riverwalk (formerly Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk)

200 North Ashley Drive, Tampa, FL 33602

Comp. internet; $36 overnight valet; $20 daytime valet

Tampa Marriott Water Street Hotel (formerly Marriott Waterside)

505 Water Street, Tampa, FL 33602 Comp. internet for Bonvoy members; $33 overnight valet; $23 daytime valet

Westin Tampa Waterside

725 South Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa, FL 33602 Comp. internet; $30 valet only

(813) 223-1351

#1 for reservations Group Code: FMEA

(813) 229-1100, ext. 1 Group Code: FMEA


Single Double Triple Quad

$156 $156 $156 $156

$169 $169 $169 $169

(813) 769-8300 #1 Group Code: FM3 $264 $264 $274 $284

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$148 $148 $148 $148

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After meaningful discussions with our part ners at Hal Leonard, the Florida Corporate and Academic Partners Committee (FCAP) is thrilled to announce that three incredible sessions featuring three of the best educators in world will present on Friday at the 2023 FMEA Professional Development Conference. In a nutshell, FVA, FOA, and FBA were asked for a short list of names they wanted their members to see, and Hal Leonard made it happen. It is my pleasure to announce that Dr. Matthew Arau (FBA), Dr. Rollo Dilworth (FVA), and Dr. Robert Gillespie (FOA) will be in Tampa in January to address our members.

These Pilot Program sessions, though funded by Hal Leonard, are not about the products they sell.

This is an ideal partnership, whereby each presenter will be offering music teachers additional tools to face the issues they encounter in and out of the classroom, allowing all of us to improve.

As I have stated before, the quality of the music business community is dependent on quality class room teaching, and it is our intention to make sure all of our communities grow and flourish.

If you are a Corporate or Academic Partner that has an idea on how you can help any of our FMEA compo nents and would like to be seen on another level for the 2024 conference, then please contact me. I look forward to our conversations.

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Fred Schiff, Chairperson
Dr. Matthew Arau
Renew your partner membership TODAY! For more information, call 850-878-6844 email info@flmusiced.org visit FloridaMusicEducation.org/partners
Dr. Rollo Dilworth Dr. Robert Gillespie
A Pilot Program First for the 2023 FMEA Conference

Concert Tickets

All Concert Ticket Sales Are Final. No Refunds or Exchanges. Please make sure you know the exact name of the all-state ensemble for which you need tickets before approaching the ticket sales window.

1. Registered (BADGED) attendees do not require tickets to attend any all-state concert. This includes directors/members, directors’ non-teaching spouses, performing all-state students, registered chaperones, collegiate student members, retired members, and VIP guests that you entered as part of your conference registration.

2. All nonregistered (NONBADGED) attendees (parents, family members, guests, etc.) are required to purchase tickets for any all-state concert they wish to attend at $20 per ticket.

3. There are no “free” or “allotted” tickets. All concert attendees must either wear their conference badge or purchase a ticket.

4. Directors who preregister online may reserve and prepay for all-state concert tickets for nonregistered attendees for concerts in which they have registered all-state students. If paid for online, these tickets will be preloaded into the director’s registration package.

5. Directors who register on site may purchase all-state concert tickets for nonregistered attendees for concerts in which they have registered all-state students during the on-site registration process.

6. Directors with all-state students may purchase additional concert tickets for nonregistered attendees for concerts in which they have performing students at the on-site registration desk or at a designated ticket sales location at anytime.

7. General ticket sales for all-state concerts will begin at 11 am on Thursday at the FMEA registration desk. There is no requirement that the director or any other registered attendee be the person purchasing these tickets after this time.

8. All ticket sales are final. Concert tickets are nonrefundable.

9. For entrance, ticket, and concert purposes, a concert is defined as the group of ensembles that are performing in the same venue in a common, defined block of time. An example of a “concert” for purposes of entrance, ticketing, etc., is the 6 pm concert on Saturday for the All-State Middle School Band, the All-State Concert Band, and the All-State Symphonic Band.

NOTE: No concerts will be held at the Straz Performing Arts Center.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I get free tickets for my students’ family members to attend the concert?

No. You can pre-order and pay for their tickets when you preregister for the concert, but there are no free tickets.

Can I get free tickets to any concerts?

No. Registered attendees (directors, chaperones, students) are allowed admission to concerts with their name badge, so no ticket is necessary. Attendees that are not registered for the conference (parents, family, etc.) must purchase tickets.

Can I buy extra tickets anytime?

If you are an FMEA member registered for the conference, you may purchase tickets at the computers in the on-site registration area anytime during the regular registration hours. Everyone else may purchase tickets beginning at 11 am on Thursday.

There are more family members and guests coming to watch my all-state student than I have tickets. How and when do they get tickets?

Extra tickets may be purchased when general ticket sales open. Tickets will be sold at the main registration area and cost $20 each.

Does my young child need to buy a ticket?

Everyone who will be taking up a seat will need a ticket. Babies that are being held by a parent or sitting on a parent’s lap for the duration of the concert are welcome without a ticket, but children who are old enough to sit in their own seat will need a ticket.

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Student Leadership Session

Wednesday, January 11, 2023, 1-4:30 pm

Presenter: Anne M. Fennell, MEd

In It to Win It, for Everyone!

This workshop is designed for all high school student leaders who want to learn, thrive, and become the best leader for their schools, peers, and themselves. Attendees will participate in active conversations and team and relationship building activities while also discovering their personal strengths and needs to continue to grow on their leadership journeys. Everyone will be engaged in a culture of inclusivity to see and hear all students whle revealing the unique strengths and knowledge of our combined voices and experiences.

Anne M. Fennell, MEd, is the president of the California Music Educators Association and the K-12 music program manager for San Diego Unified School District in San Diego, California. She holds the BME, the MEd in educational leadership studies, and Orff-Schulwerk certification Levels I-II-III, and has more than 90 graduate hours in music and additional education coursework. Her experiences include 32 years of teaching music composition and steel drum ensembles in grades 9-12, teaching K-8 integrated arts and music through Orff-Schulwerk, and leading both vocal and instrumental ensembles in civic and professional perfor mances, including national music conferences and the annual NAMM Board of Directors’ meetings in 2013 and 2016. She is a published author through Pearson Education, the GRAMMY Foundation, the Percussion Marketing Council, and Disney’s Little/Baby Einsteins. She presents sessions and gives keynotes both nationally and internationally, including state MEAs, the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, China music education conferences (through the support of the International Music Products Industry (NAMM)), and the International Society for Music Education. She has received numerous state and national awards: the 2020 Technology in Music Education National Teacher of the Year, 2017 Magnet Schools of America National Teacher of the Year, top 10 GRAMMY Music Educator Finalist for 2016, and top 3 Music Educator Award from Music and Arts in 2015.

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Student Conference Experience

The purpose of the Florida Music Education Association Student Conference Experience is to expand access to the annual conference to students from throughout the state. Participating students will interact with amazing clinicians and educators, college representatives, and incredible performing groups. These students will have memorable experiences that they can take back and share with their high school music programs. The program will take place on Thursday and Friday of the 2023 FMEA Professional Development Conference. Students will participate in workshops, observe rehearsals, attend College Night, and engage in networking and social activities with their peers.

Tri-M Conference Experience

The purpose of the Florida Music Education Association Tri-M Conference Experience is to provide students with experiences that will build their leadership and advocacy skills, as well as expose them to the experiences available at the annual conference. Participating students will interact with amazing clinicians and educators, college representatives, and incredible performing groups. These students will have memorable experiences they can take back and share with their high school music programs.

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Raise your hand if your students are great at sight reading... • Integrations with Clever, Google Classroom, Canvas, Schoology & Classlink • Assess students with built-in Assignments feature & Practice Logs • Multiple levels of difficulty & customizable • Affordable - Teachers $35/year; student accounts as low as $2/ student Why use SRF: Sight Reading Factory builds confident sight readers with unlimited, on-demand exercises. SightReadingFactory.com Visit us at FMEA in Tampa Booth #4020 Thursday and Friday, January 12-13, 2023 Presenter: Anne M. Fennell, MEd
FMEA now offers two experiences for high school students who are not participating in an all-state ensemble, the Student Conference Experience and the Tri-M Conference Experience

All-State Conductors

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Ms. Karen K. Benson All-State Elementary Orff Ensemble Mr. Paul Davis All-State Middle School Orchestra Ms. Emily Ellsworth All-State Middle School Mixed Chorus Ms. Cheryl Floyd All-State Middle School Band Dr. Frances Fonza All-State Middle School Treble Chorus Mr. Gary Hill All-State Intercollegiate Band Dr. Michael Hopkins High School Honors Orchestra Dr. Jo Jossim All-State Concert Band Mrs. Chris Judah-Lauder All-State Elementary Orff Ensemble Mr. Alex Kaminsky High School Honors Band Dr. Adam Kossler All-State Guitar Ensemble Ms. Cathi Leibinger Middle School Honors Band

All-State Conductors

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Dr. Jean Montès All-State Concert Orchestra Ms. Sandy Neel Middle School Honors Orchestra Mr. Kevin Noe All-State Symphonic Orchestra Ms. Sophia Papoulis All-State Elementary Chorus Mr. Rob Parton All-State High School Jazz Band Dr. Rosephanye Powell All-State SSAA Chorus Dr. Jose Rivera All-State TTBB Chorus Mr. Edgar Rubio All-State Middle School Jazz Band Dr. Peter Steenblik All-State Reading Chorus Dr. Emily Threinen All-State Symphonic Band Mr. Tesfa Y. Wondemagegnehu All-State Concert Chorus

All-State Rehearsals & Concerts At-A-Glance

All-State Concert Band

RESEATING AUDITIONS: HTR, Riverwalk Ballroom Thursday 9am-11am

REHEARSALS: HTR, Riverwalk Ballroom Thursday 1pm-5pm Thursday 7pm-9:30pm Friday ....................................... 8:30am-11:30am Friday 1pm-5pm Saturday 9am-12noon

CONCERT: Saturday, January 14, 2023, 6pm TCC, Ballroom A

All-State Concert Chorus

REHEARSALS: TMWS, Grand Ballroom Thursday 7:45am-11:30am Thursday 1:30pm-4:30pm Thursday 6pm-9pm Friday 8:30am-11:30am Friday .............................................. 1:30pm-4pm

CONCERT: Saturday, January 14, 2023, 11am TCC, Ballroom A

All-State Concert Orchestra

RESEATING AUDITIONS: TMWS, Florida Ballroom, Salons 5-6 Thursday (Registration) 8am-8:30am Thursday 8:30am-11:30am

REHEARSALS: TMWS, Florida Ballroom, Salons 5-6 Thursday 8:30am-11:30am Thursday 1pm-5pm Thursday 7pm-9pm Friday 8:30am-11:30am Friday 1pm-5pm Saturday 9am-11am

CONCERT: Saturday, January 14, 2023, 1:30pm TCC, Ballroom A

All-State Elementary Chorus


Wednesday (registration).................. 12noon-1pm Wednesday 1pm-6pm Thursday 7:45am-12:45pm

CONCERT: Thursday, January 12, 2023, 1:30pm TCC, Ballroom A

All-State Elementary Orff Ensemble

REHEARSALS: TCC, West Hall A and 114 Thursday (Registration) 10am-11am, TCC, West Hall A

Thursday 11am-6pm, TCC, West Hall A Friday 8am-11:30am, TCC, 114

CONCERT: Friday, January 13, 2023, 1pm TCC, Ballroom A

All-State Middle School Band


Thursday ............................................. 9am-11am

REHEARSALS: HTD, Palma Ceia Ballroom

Thursday 1pm-5pm Thursday 7pm-9pm Friday 8:30am-11:30am Friday 2pm-5:30pm Saturday ...................................... 8:30am-12noon

CONCERT: Saturday, January 14, 2023, 6pm TCC, Ballroom A

All-State Middle School Jazz Band


Wednesday 2pm-5:30pm Wednesday 7pm-9pm Thursday 8:30am-11:30am Thursday 1pm-5pm Friday 8:30am-12noon

CONCERT: Friday, January 13, 2023, 7pm TMWS, Grand Ballroom

All-State Guitar Ensemble


Tuesday 7pm-9pm, TMWS, 8 Wednesday 8:30am-5pm, TMWS, Florida Ballroom, Salons 1-3 Thursday 8:30am-12noon, TCC, 120

CONCERT: Thursday, January 12, 2023, 12:30pm, TCC, 120

All-State High School Jazz Band

REHEARSALS: TCC, 405 Wednesday ...................................... 2pm-5:30pm Wednesday ........................................... 7pm-9pm Thursday 8:30am-11:30am Thursday 1pm-5pm Thursday 7pm-9:30pm Friday 8:30am-12noon

CONCERT: Friday, January 13, 2023, 7pm TMWS, Grand Ballroom

All-State Intercollegiate Band

REHEARSALS: BHTR, Crown Ballroom

Thursday 8am-5pm Thursday .............................................. 6pm-9pm Friday ............................................... 8am-12noon

CONCERT: Friday, January 13, 2023, 9:30pm TMWS, Grand Ballroom

All-State Middle School Mixed Chorus

REHEARSALS: HTD, Bayshore Ballroom, 1-3 Thursday .................................. 12:15pm-4:30pm Thursday 6:30pm-9pm Friday 8:45 am-11:30am Friday 1:15pm-4:15pm

CONCERT: Friday, January 13, 2023, 7pm TCC, Ballroom A

All-State Middle School Orchestra


TMWS, Meeting Room 8

Thursday (Registration) 8am-9am Thursday 9am-11:30am

REHEARSALS: TMWS, Meeting Room 8

Thursday 1pm-5pm Thursday 7pm-9pm Friday 8:30am-11:30am Friday 1pm-5pm Saturday 9am-10am

CONCERT: Saturday, January 14, 2023, 1:30pm TCC, Ballroom A

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BHTR = Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk

ESD = Embassy Suites Downtown

HTD = Hilton Tampa Downtown

HTR = Hotel Tampa Riverwalk (formerly Sheraton Riverwalk) TCC = Tampa Convention Center

TMWS = Tampa Marriott Water Street

WTW = Westin Tampa Waterside

All-State Middle School Treble Chorus

REHEARSALS: HTD, Bayshore Ballroom, 5-7 Thursday 11:45am-4:15pm Thursday 6:15pm-8:45pm Friday 8:30am-11:15am Friday 1pm-4:15pm

CONCERT: Friday, January 13, 2023, 7pm TCC, Ballroom A

All-State Popular Music Collective

All-State Symphonic Band

RESEATING AUDITIONS: TCC, 122 Thursday 8:30am-11:30am

REHEARSALS: TCC, 122 Thursday 12:30pm-4:30pm Thursday 6:30pm-9pm Friday 8:30am-11:30am Friday 1pm-5pm Saturday 9am-12noon

High School Honors Orchestra


Thursday (Registration) 8am-8:30am Thursday 8:30am-11:30am Thursday 1pm-5pm Thursday 7pm-9pm Friday 8:30am-11:30am Friday ................................................... 1pm-5pm Saturday 9am-11am

CONCERT: Saturday, January 14, 2023, 11am TMWS, Grand Ballroom


REHEARSALS: TCC, West Hall A Wednesday 8am-5pm Wednesday

CONCERT: Thursday, January 12, 2023, 8:30pm TCC, West Hall A

CONCERT: Saturday, January 14, 2023, 6pm TCC, Ballroom A

All-State Symphonic Orchestra

RESEATING AUDITIONS: TCC, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 124 Thursday (Registration) 8am-8:30am Thursday 8:30am-11:30am

REHEARSALS: TCC, 124 Thursday .................................. 8:30am-11:30am Thursday .............................................. 1pm-5pm Thursday 7pm-9pm Friday 8:30am-11:30am Friday 1pm-5pm Saturday 8am-10am

CONCERT: Saturday, January 14, 2023, 1:30pm TCC, Ballroom A

All-State TTBB Chorus

All-State Reading Chorus

REHEARSALS: ESD, Gandy Meeting Room


Middle School Honors Band


Thursday 9am-11am


1:30pm-4:30pm Thursday 6pm-9pm Friday 8:30am-11:30am Friday 1:30pm-4pm

CONCERT: Saturday, January 14, 2023, 8:45am TCC, Ballroom A

All-State SSAA Chorus

REHEARSALS: WTW, Oasis Ballroom

Thursday 7:45am-11:30am Thursday 1:30pm-4:30pm Thursday

6pm-9pm Friday

8:30am-11:30am Friday 1:30pm-4pm

CONCERT: Friday, January 13, 2023, 9pm TCC, Ballroom A

REHEARSALS: ESD, Bayside Ballroom Thursday 7:45am-11:30am Thursday 1:30pm-4:30pm Thursday .............................................. 6pm-9pm Friday 8:30am-11:30am Friday 1:30pm-4pm

CONCERT: Saturday, January 14, 2023, 8:45am TCC, Ballroom A

High School Honors Band

RESEATING AUDITIONS: HTR, Bayshore Ballroom Thursday 9am-11am

REHEARSALS: HTR, Bayshore Ballroom Thursday 1pm-5pm Thursday 7pm-9:30pm Friday 8:30am-11:30am Friday 1pm-5pm

CONCERT: Saturday, January 14, 2023, 2:30pm TMWS, Grand Ballroom

REHEARSALS: HTD, Esplanade Suite Thursday 1pm-5pm Thursday 7pm-9:30pm Friday ....................................... 8:30am-11:30am Friday ................................................... 1pm-5pm

CONCERT: Saturday, January 14, 2023, 2:30pm TMWS, Grand Ballroom

Middle School Honors Orchestra

REHEARSALS: HTR, Riverview Room

Thursday (Registration) 8am-8:30am

Thursday 8:30am-11:30am Thursday 1pm-5pm Thursday 7pm-9pm Friday 8:30am-11:30am Friday ................................................... 1pm-5pm Saturday ............................................... 7am-8am

CONCERT: Saturday, January 14, 2023, 11am TMWS, Grand Ballroom

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FMEA President’s Concert

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

TCC, Ballroom B 7:30pm-9:30pm

Dreyfoos Philharmonic

The Orchestra Department at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach provides young musicians with the highest level of instruction in solo, chamber music, and large ensemble performance. The Dreyfoos Philharmonic is a full sym phony orchestra and is the largest performing ensemble at DSOA, composed of 80 of our most outstanding strings, band, and piano students. The Philharmonic performs professional level literature in four concert programs throughout the school year, in addition to appearing in our annual winter PRISM concert.

Sickles High School Wind Ensemble

The Sickles Wind Ensemble, the top advanced ensemble in the Band Program at Walter L. Sickles High School, is recognized as one of the largest programs in Tampa. Composed of students in grades 9-12, the Sickles Wind Ensemble is consistently well represent ed in Hillsborough All-County, Florida All-State, and NAfME All-National ensembles. The Wind Ensemble has been recog nized by the Florida Bandmasters Association multiple times with the Otto J. Kraushaar Award for straight superior ratings at all MPAs. The Wind Ensemble is active in commissioning and performing new music for band and has a proud legacy of alumni going on to perform in colle giate and professional ensembles around the nation.

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Coordinator: John Southall Sponsored by FMEA

FMEA President’s Concert

Wellington High School Valkyries Chorus

The Wellington High School Valkyries Chorus is one of two auditioned choruses at WHS. Although Valkyries is only a few years old, they have quickly established themselves as one of Florida’s finest high school choirs. Composed of only treble singers, the chorus has earned superior ratings since its first evaluation, including both district and state MPA, highlighted by receiving superior with distinction in 2019. In 2021, they were scheduled to perform at the FMEA President’s Concert, which unfortunately was impossible due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are thrilled to be asked back this year and look forward to singing for you.

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FMEA Concerts

8am-9:30am—TCC, Ballroom A

BellArmonia—Director: Cindy Ellis

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Sponsored by FMEA

Coordinator: John Southall

BellArmonia, established in 2017 as the Lady Mavs, is an elite SSAA ensemble composed of first- and second-generation Hispanic students. They take pride in connecting audiences with choral styles from a myriad of cultures, religions, and time periods, but as a Miami-based choir, they especially enjoy sharing the Spanish, Haitian Creole, and American music of Miami. With 11 members participating in the 2022 and 2023 Florida All-State Sight Reading Chorus and with a superior with distinction rating at the 2022 FVA state MPA, these ladies will impress you with their literacy skills and will inspire you with their performance.

Eau Gallie Chamber Orchestra

The Eau Gallie High School Chamber Orchestra is a family first and a community of musicians second. We are unit ed by our love of classical music and the friendships that create the foundation of our ensemble. We believe in hard work. We believe in servant leadership. We challenge and empower every member of the ensemble to be their best. We believe this ensemble is capable of much more than we are currently achieving, and we are ambitious to realize that potential. These beliefs shape everything we do as an ensemble.

H. B. Plant Wind Ensemble

The H. B. Plant Wind Ensemble is the premier auditioned concert ensemble of H. B. Plant High School. National, regional, and state perfor mances include the 2022 CBDNA/ NBA Southern Division Conference in Columbia, S.C., 2022 Music For All Regional in Orlando, 2019 USF Festival of Winds, 2019 UCF Florida AllSoutheast Wind Band Invitational, 2017 Music for All National Concert Festival in Indianapolis, Ind., and 2015 Stetson University Invitational Honors Band Festival. The H. B. Plant Wind Ensemble was a clinic demo ensemble for the FMEA conference in 2017 and 2022. In September 2021, the H. B. Plant Wind Ensemble was selected as a Commended Winner and in 2019 and 2020, a State Winner through the Foundation of Music Education Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors. In September 2019, the H. B. Plant Band Program was recognized by the National Band Association as a Division Winner for the National Programs of Excellence Blue Ribbon Award.

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—Directors: Erik Bryan, Paul Jackson —Director: Brian Dell


January 12, 2023

Sponsored by FMEA


Ballroom B

Florida A & M University Gospel Choir

—Director: Jordan Burney

The Florida A & M University Gospel Choir was founded by Jona’ D. Olds in 1957 and has a strong tradition of performing for homecoming and other concerts throughout the year. The choir has also performed with artists including the Clark Sisters, Kirk Franklin, and Shirley Caesar, as well as for a Christmas Day special at Disney World. The choir has traveled to various places such as New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Virginia, to name a few. Mr. Olds passed the torch of continuing the success and growth of the choir to Dr. Frances Stallworth, who was one of the first members of the choir. She honorably pledged to keep the choir a viable organization, maintained her promise for 20 years, and passed it on through different advisors. Currently, Ms. Singleton and co-advisor John Harris are working diligently to ensure the success and continuation of the FAMU Gospel Choir through devoted service and support of the organization.

FMEA Concerts

6:30pm-7:10pm—TCC, Ballroom B

University of Central Florida –University Singers

Director: Jeffery Redding

The UCF University Singers presents perfor mances of a wide variety throughout the aca demic year. The University Singers perform locally, regionally, nationally, and interna tionally for clinics, conferences, festivals, and more. They also regularly perform with both the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the UCF Symphony Orchestra, performing mas terworks of composers such as Mahler, Bach, and Beethoven. Most recently, the University Singers performed during the GRAMMY in the Schools Fest ® sup ported by the GRAMMY Museum and the Martin Luther King Jr. Black History Month Concert “Through Unity We Shall Overcome” sponsored by the City of Orlando, UCF Celebrates the Arts, and Carmina Burana with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

9:15pm-10:15pm—TCC, Ballroom B

United States Army Jazz Ambassadors

Director: Alexander Davis

The Jazz Ambassadors is the United States Army’s premier big band. This 19-member ensemble, formed in 1969, has received great acclaim both at home and abroad performing America’s original art form, jazz.

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Coordinator: John Southall



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Thursday, January 12, 2023

TCC Lobby Stage

Coordinator: John Southall

Sponsored by FMEA


Deland Singers

Directors: Ross Cawthon, Victoria Rathbun

FMEA Mini-Concerts

The Deland Singers is the premier mixed choir from Deland High School in Deland, Florida. Members of the Deland High Chorus perform each year at FVA MPAs, and members have been selected to Florida All-State, Florida ACDA, and Volusia County Honor Choirs. We pride ourselves on being involved in our small town community of Deland, where our singers contribute to their church choirs and community theatres and are highly involved at Deland High School. These singers are also members of the DHS Band, Thespian Troupe 3030, track and field, baseball, soccer, cross-country, ROTC, art, and International Baccalaureate, and are dual enrolled at Daytona State College. The Deland Singers come from all walks of life, united in a love of singing. Our performance will focus on themes of unity within our ensemble, community, and the FMEA conference. We may explore opportunities for the audience to sing along with or interact with the choir during the mini-concert.


J. W. Mitchell High School Trumpet Ensemble

Directors: Joshua Hobbs, Drake Middlebrook

The J. W. Mitchell High School Trumpet Ensemble is a nationally recognized ensemble. Not only are they consistently superior rated ensemble at district and state solo and ensemble, they have also been accepted to perform at the National Trumpet Competition in two consecutive years (2021 and 2022).


Advanced Lake George Jammers

Director: Katie Grace Miller

Lake George Jammers is a non-auditioned ensemble of fourth and fifth grade students. They are from Lake George Elementary in Orlando. They use an eclectic mix of instruments such as recorders, Orff, drums, and boomwackers. They also sing and use body percussion and movement during their performances. They have performed at Orlando Magic and Orlando Solar Bears games. They have performed multiple times at the Ronald Blocker Leadership Center for OCPS events, and they enjoy performing in the local Orlando community each year and at their school’s events.

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FMEA Mini-Concerts

Friday, January 13, 2023

TCC Lobby Stage

Coordinator: John Southall

Sponsored by FMEA


Evans High School Concert Choir

Director: Edith Wright

This ensemble is composed of 20 auditioned students from grades 10-12. Most students meet during the day, but some with dual enrollment or IB meet after school in an eighth period. All students are enrolled in an eighth period that meets daily after school.


Miami Arts Charter School Percussion Ensemble

Director: Clifford Sutton

The Miami Arts Charter School Percussion Ensemble is composed of select high school students performing a diverse range of standard, contemporary, and world music repertoire. MAC Percussion is committed to cre ating concert experiences that reflect the multicultural backgrounds of its members and Miami’s artistically vibrant Wynwood neighborhood in which the school is located. In addition to standard literature, over the last five years the group has performed music of Honduras, Cuba, and Uruguay; selections by Ólafur Arnalds and Daniel Bernard Romain; two premieres of com positions by MAC students; and pop arrangements of Bon Iver and The Cranberries. During their 202122 concert season, MAC Percussion collaborated with notable guest artists and Latin GRAMMY Award winners Federico Britos (violin) and Joe McCarthy (drum set).


Tarpon Springs Jazz Ensemble

Director: Robert Bosma

The Tarpon Springs Jazz Ensemble is one of five nationally accomplished performance ensembles within the Tarpon Springs Leadership Conservatory for the Arts. The Tarpon Springs Jazz Ensemble and Combos have had award-win ning performances at local, state, and national festivals throughout the country. They have been invited twice to the North Texas Jazz Festival, seven times to the Savannah Music Festival’s Swing Central Jazz Competition, the Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival, Essentially Ellington Regionals, and the 2019 and 2020 Essentially Ellington Competition and Festival in NYC. Additionally, the Conservatory has hosted guest residences and clinics annually. Past artists have included Wycliffe Gordon, Marcus Printup, Scotty Barnhart, Bob Reynolds, Terrell Stafford, and Sean Jones. In 2018, the Tarpon Springs Jazz Ensemble was a winner of Downbeat Magazine’s Student Music Award for Outstanding Performance in the category of Large Jazz Ensemble – High School.

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Component News

Greetings, FBA family. Happy December!

Well, “Bandtober” is over, “I can’t believe it’s November” is a thing to remember, and we have reached the month of December—or should I say “Is winter break here yet?!” Anyhow, the fall semester was one for the books. Before we look to the future, I’d like to encourage everyone to make a donation to the FMEA Mel & Sally Schiff Music Education Relief Fund. This fund was set up to assist schools that have suffered hardships due to unforeseen circum stances (a k a, hurricanes). Donating is easy and quick and can be done at flmu siced.org/flmusicapps/donate. Imagine the resources we could provide if all 1,700-plus FBA members donated some thing to this fund!

As we bring the fall semester to a close, I’d like to remind everyone of the mission we started at the summer conference in June: Building Better Bands, Through Camaraderie, Community, and Creativity! It’s not that hard, yet it is. Believe it or not, we all get caught up in that stagnant stage of the year when it seems like things are going well but it doesn’t seem like things are moving along. It’s kind of like cooking a brisket. I mean, you have the seasoning right, the best wood, and everything is rolling along smoothly, but then you hit the dreaded temperature stall. What do you do then? Remain patient, check your temp, make very minor adjustments, and keep cooking. It will eventually work out. Same thing in our band rooms. Fall back on the fundamentals, keep it fresh and well seasoned, and simply keep going! My biggest suggestion is commu nity. Get other directors involved with your program. Ask around and engage our retired teachers who would love to


offer some assistance. Connect with your feeder schools, and make the winter concerts community events. And please remember to include school administra tors and local community stakeholders in all of your activities. Holiday parades and “light up the city” type of events are great ways to showcase your students and the wonderful teaching that is going on while simultaneously connecting with your community.

Lastly, it’s December, which means we are just a few weeks away from our 2023 FMEA Professional Development Conference and All-State Concerts, January 11-14 in Tampa. If you have yet to make plans to attend, please consider doing so as soon as possible. This con ference is a great way to recharge our music education batteries, connect with colleagues and friends in our profession, build new relationships with younger teachers, as well as connect with our very active collegiate membership. If you did not have any students make an allstate ensemble, no worries. Neither did I. However, I will be bringing sever

al students to the Student Leadership Workshop, the Tri-M Experience, and the Student Conference Experience. These are three awesome (and affordable) opportu nities for students to see what the confer ence is all about and to get some training that will benefit your program while pos sibly developing the next generation of music educators. Please go to the FMEA website for more information.

Safe travels to anyone heading up to Midwest. I hope to see you there. Congrats to all on a great fall semester and wishing you nothing but the best for the spring! Remember, there are roughly 1,700 members of the Florida Bandmasters Association. If you are going through this band director journey alone, you are doing yourself and your students a dis service. Not to mention you are probably stressing yourself out. Reach out if you need help, or even if you don’t need help. Self care starts with putting yourself first. If you aren’t good to yourself, you can’t really be good for your students. Take care, everyone. I look forward to catching up soon. Be blessed!

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Component News

AsI was preparing to write this article to share, I was seeking inspiration for something that could be meaningful and worthwhile for the reader who hap pens upon a message from the Florida Music Supervision Association. Further, I wanted these words to encourage, nay inspire, the reader to partake in the myr iad professional development opportu nities provided by FMEA. That’s a fair ly high bar to reach, and I was feeling the pressure until inspiration came to

me from what I would have previously thought of as an unlikely place … Stephen Colbert. I came across his interview with world-renowned astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. Dr. Tyson was discussing the possible conflicts that can occur when new scientific discoveries require that we reevaluate our beliefs that were based on now outdated information. He said: “As our area of knowledge increases, so too does our perimeter of ignorance.”


greetings! As you prepare for your holiday performances, please take a moment to make sure you’ve registered for the FMEA Professional Development Conference. Preregistration closes at midnight on December 8. Payment must be postmarked on or before December 4 if you are paying by check. Preregistration is by credit card only after December 5. You also want to make sure that you’ve filled out and submitted the required field trip and tem porary duty paperwork at your school.

Attending various sessions is a great way to get new ideas and to walk away feeling renewed energy for our profession. We have a lot of great string clini cians presenting sessions this year! Try to attend as many of the sessions as you can. I would also like to encourage you to observe the all-state and honors orchestra rehearsals. It’s so inspiring to watch our guest conductors work with our students and to witness the musical transformations from the first rehearsal to performance.

In the midst of all the exciting sessions and concerts the conference has to offer, please make an effort to connect with your fellow teachers. I’m always amazed by the wisdom that can be gained through casual conversation.

On behalf of the FOA board, I would like to thank all of our FOA conference clinicians, allstate and honors orchestra conductors and coordinators, performers, and stu dents for making our 2023 confer ence so spectacular! As we fin ish the first half of this year, I wish you the best in your performances. Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season!

This is a fascinating concept and made me think about how I approach vari ous learning opportunities, which led me to think about our upcoming FMEA Professional Development Conference. This annual event is fully intended to be a place where we can all go to experience new approaches to pedagogical concepts, learning strategies, and interpretations of music old and new. Dr. Tyson’s comment reminded me that I may need to consider these experiences with an open mind and a willingness to reassess my own teach ing and expressive practices in light of new information.

Another wise human repeatedly admonished graduate student Lindsey that “we don’t know what we don’t know.” How exciting to think about the more I learn, the more I still have to learn. If ever lifelong learning was more strikingly evi dent, I’m not sure how it could be.

I also was reminded that FMEA and our component organizations provide professional development opportunities not only in January, but with face-to-face and distance offerings throughout the school year and, of course, the summer conferences.

Let’s all get into the mindset of striving to learn and reevaluate all while embrac ing the idea of an ever-expanding “perim eter of ignorance.”

I look forward to hearing many of you in Tampa at FMEA 2023 … and through out the year!



It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and many of us are in full concert mode. Thank you for sharing the joy of the season for so many in your commu nity! I hope you are able to take time to reflect, breathe, and enjoy all of the mer riment you create for others. The magical learning opportunities you provide for your students create a lifetime of memo ries and musical connections for life.

After all of the concerts have ended, the decorations have been put away, and the tinsel has been tossed, it’s time for the 2023 FMEA Professional Development Conference, January 11-14 in Tampa. Our FMEA and FEMEA executive boards have been busily preparing for the conference and look forward to making our state conference a great experience for all who attend. Congratulations to all of the stu dents and teachers participating in the 2023 All-State Elementary Chorus and

All-State Elementary Orff Ensemble. It is time to finalize your travel plans, hotel arrangements, registrations, and schedule to join us for the best conference yet. I know we are all looking forward to being together again!

We are delighted to have these worldclass clinicians for FEMEA’s headliner conference sessions: Paul Cribari (spon sored by West Music) and Franklin J. Willis and Kalani (sponsored by Peripole) These amazing teachers will share excit

ing and relevant sessions with us. I am thrilled they are at our conference! Please stop by our booth in the exhibition hall to say “hello” and to have any questions answered.

I also hope that everyone will take time to reconnect with friends and colleagues, enjoy an amazing all-state concert, and use this time to fill your bucket. Thank you for all the inspiration you have given to me and for all you do for the students in Florida. Happy holidays!



December! It’s always a huge relief when winter arrives after a busy fall semester. This is the time of year to look back with pride on what our students were able to accomplish, present festive and enjoyable holiday concerts, and then finally go on a well-deserved break to recharge our musical spirit. I hope you enjoy yourselves!

January is just around the corner, and I’m looking forward to reconnecting with colleagues, learning from many infor mative sessions, and hearing amazing concerts. Mark your calendars because I invite the FCMEA membership to attend our selected sessions and meetings at the FMEA conference:

Thursday, January 12

« 1:45pm – Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Practice Applications for University Music Teaching, Dr. Sandra Adorno and Dr. Alicia Romero-Sardinas

« 4:45pm – Navigating Tenure and Promotion for Performance Faculty, Dr. Stacie Rossow

« 5:30pm – FCMEA Business Meeting

Friday, January 13

« 10:30am – Panel: Current Challenges in Collegiate Music Education, Dr. Eric Bodnar, Dr. Mitchell Hutchings, Prof. Troy Jones, and Dr. Samuel Rowley

« 11:45am – The Art of Facilitation: Navigating Race, Culture, and Difference in the Music Classroom, Dr. Marshaun Hymon

Saturday, January 14

« 8:45am – University Music Dean/Directors Meeting

Be sure to attend the FCMEA Business Meeting on Thursday, as we conduct our biennial officer elections and announce the winners of the FCMEA Creative Explorations Grant.

I hope you all find some time to rest in the coming weeks. I look forward to seeing you in January. Teach well, my friends!

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Marc Decker, DMA, President


Content Focused on Creativity in Beginning Band Method Books

Methodbooks provide the primary content and sequence of instruction for many beginning band students. Essentially, they become the curriculum. If something deemed important is not included in a method book, whether it be an exercise to build some type of instrumental skill or technique, or something more conceptual, the teacher must provide supplemental materials and instruction. Alec D. Scherer, who teaches at Texas State University, and Bradley J. Regier, who teaches at Illinois Wesleyan University, were curious to what extent the content in beginning band method books supports the 2014 National Core Music Standards that are focused on creativity, i.e., composing, arranging, and improvising (Scherer & Regier, 2022). Their specific research questions were:

1. To what extent do beginning band method books include exercises that involve creative activities?

2. What types of creative activities are present within begin ning band method books?

To answer these questions, Scherer and Regier (2022) con ducted a content analysis of 16 beginning band method books. Content analysis is a research method used in many disci plines to systematically examine the content of media (most often text-based media, but aural and visual media may also be analyzed in this way) for specific words, themes, or con cepts. The criteria the researchers used to select the method books to include in their analysis were that the books were (a) meant to be used in heterogeneous beginning band classes, (b) currently published and available for purchase, and (c) pub lished by a company that also sold concert band music. The method books Scherer and Regier examined included popular titles such as Accent on Achievement, Essential Elements, Tradition of Excellence, and Habits of a Successful Beginner. A complete list can be found in their article.


The researchers found that only 2.53% (66 in total) of all the exercises in the 16 books involved creative activities. The four books that had the highest percentage of creative content were Do It! (9.94%), Accent on Achievement (4.48%), Essential Elements (3.65%), and Tradition of Excellence (3.57%). Four other books

contained no creative content: Yamaha Band Student, Best in Class, John Kinyon’s Basic Training Course, and First Division Band Method. It should be noted that the books without creative con tent were originally published before the 1994 National Music Standards, when creating music became a more prominent curricular outcome of music education, alongside performing and responding to music. Improvisation (44.93%, 31 exercises) was the most common type of activity comprising the creative content of the 66 exercises. This was followed by composing (39.13%, 27 exercises) and arranging (15.94%, 11 exercises) activ ities.1


A limitation of this study was that due to the researchers’ criteria for inclusion, certain method books like Jump Right In and Premier Performance were not considered in the analysis. The researchers also did not attempt to assess the quality of the creative activities the books presented. Involving students in creative thinking and skill development has numerous ben efits (e.g., see Strand, 2017). Teachers of a beginning band who wish to engage their students in improvising, composing, and arranging will likely need to provide supplemental materials and activities since the number of creative exercises in nearly all currently published method books is quite low. Scherer & Regier (2022) described several resources that teachers may wish to consult for guidance, including adapting ideas from gener al music pedagogies such as Orff-Schulwerk, Kratus’s (1991, 1995) developmental model of improvisation, and NAfME’s model cornerstone assessments (National Association for Music Education, 2022a).

Additional details of this and other studies with practi cal implications for music classrooms and rehearsals can be found by accessing the website of the UPDATE: Applications of Research in Music Education journal, found at https://bit.ly/ nafme-update. The mission of UPDATE is to bring “research in music teaching and learning close to everyday practice to help teachers apply research in their music classrooms and rehears al halls” (National Association for Music Education, 2022b, para. 1). All FMEA members can read UPDATE as part of their FMEA/NAfME membership.

This on-going column seeks to stimulate awareness of research issues for FMEA teachers and researchers.
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Kratus, J. (1991). Growing with improvisation. Music Educators Journal, 78(4), 36–40. https://doi. org/10.2307/2F3398335

Kratus, J. (1995). A developmental approach to teaching music improvisation. International Journal of Music Education, 26(1), 27–38. https://doi. org/10.1177/025576149502600103

National Association for Music Education (2022a, November). Student assessment using model cornerstone assessments. https:// nafme.org/my-classroom/ standards/mcas/

National Association for Music Education. (2022b, November).

UPDATE: Applications of Research in Music Education. https:// nafme.org/nafme-research/ update-applications-of-researchin-music-education/

Scherer, A. D., & Regier, B. J. (2022). Opportunities for creativity in beginning band method books. Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. Advance online publication. https://doi. org/10.1177/87551233221128532

Strand, K. (Ed.). (2017). Special focus on teaching for musical creativity [Special section]. Music Educators Journal, 103(3), 19–51.


1 While there were 66 total exercises that focused on creativity, some of these exercises included more than one aspect of creativity (e.g., improvising and composing). Thus, adding the categories of exercises together equals 69.

Email your questions and feedback to wbauer@ufl.edu with a subject heading Research Puzzles.

Component News

believe we’ve already made it to another December. Where has the semester gone? If you are graduating this month, congratulations! Once you secure your first full-time teaching gig, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if Florida NAfME Collegiate can ever serve you or your students. Our mem bers would be happy to serve as staff for your program, provide private les sons, assist with workshops, or support you in any way we can. We also hope to see you at the FMEA Professional Development Conference in January.

Speaking of January’s conference, everyone should be sure to download the fmea.org/conference/mobile-app and bookmark the following conference sessions. You won’t want to miss them!

Wednesday, January 11

« 7pm – NAfME Collegiate Presidents Forum

Thursday, January 12

« 1:45pm – Unpredictable and Joyful Teaching

« 3pm – Enter the Real World: Successfully Navigating Student Teaching « 5:30pm – Florida NAfME Collegiate General Business Meeting

Friday, January 13

« 1:30pm – You Want Me to Teach What? Jazz for the Non-Jazz Cat

Saturday, January 14

« 10am – Florida NAfME Collegiate Business Meeting

Don’t forget, we’ll be holding elections during the Saturday business meet ing. We’re looking for organized folks who would like to make an impact on music education in our state. If you would like to help make things happen for college music education majors in Florida, please be sure to throw your name in the hat for one of the executive board positions. We need people with all sorts of skills. Do you like tinkering with websites? We need you! Do you have boss level skills on social media? Come on down! Are you passionate about advocacy? You can make a HUGE impact. For more information about how you can help steer our organization, contact me or one of the current executive board members.

Finally, it’s that time of year again. Don’t let mom play cheesy holiday music when you head home for the break! I’ve been curating a playlist for a number of years. You can view it at https://tinyurl.com/Spotify-Holiday-Jazz. Feel free to use it to improve mom’s hipness. Is there a great holiday tune missing from the list? Let me know!

I wish you all abundant success with your final exams, FTCE, juries, and recitals, and I look forward to seeing you in Tampa next month. May you have a wonderful, restful, and joyful holiday season. You deserve it!

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Committee Reports


Meet the 2023 FMEA Award Winners

Along with the rest of FMEA, your FMEA Awards Committee is excited to see you in January at our FMEA Professional Development Conference! This year’s awards recognition at the second gen eral session will shine a spotlight on our awardees, as you will have an opportunity to hear a short message directly from them. You will get a glimpse into the hearts and minds of the awardees regarding the value of music education and the role they play in assuring that all students, at all schools, receive quality and comprehensive music education. And don’t forget to check out the FMEA Professional Development Conference Program, as each awardee will have a spotlight biography and photo so you can get to know them better. I hope you are as excited as we are about celebrating our honorees. Your Awards Committee is also working hard to award those of you that have applied for the Music Education Service Awards and the Music Education Enrollment Awards— these awesome individuals will be announced in the conference program as well.

Please join me in applauding the 2023 FMEA award winners!

Elementary Music Educator of the Year

Ernesta Chicklowski Roosevelt Elementary School Nominated by Meghan Alfaro on behalf of FEMEA

Secondary Music Educator of the Year

Vivian Gonzalez

Miami Arts Studio 6-12 @ Zelda Glazer Nominated by Nerissa Manela

Deborah Mar Southwood Middle School Nominated by Angel Marchese on behalf of FVA

College Music Educator of the Year

Peter Steenblik, DMA

Director of Choral Activities, University of West Florida Adjunct Professor of Music, Pensacola State College Artistic Director, Choral Society of Pensacola Nominated by Elizabeth Phillips on behalf of FVA

Administrator of the Year

David Alfonso

Principal, Palm Beach Lakes High School Nominated by Joshua Velez

School Board Member of the Year

Peggy Jones, EdD School Board Member School District of Indian River County Nominated by Sherry St.Petery on behalf of FEMEA

Leadership Award for Music Education

Kimberly Annis

Instructional Music & Performing Arts K-12 Facilitator Broward County Public Schools Nominated by Pauline Latorre on behalf of FEMEA

Distinguished Service Award in Music Education

Jo Hagan

FVA Business Manager and FBA Business Manager Nominated by Andrea Lange on behalf of FVA

Exemplary Model Program/Project

Otis Mason Steel Band, Shaun Bennett Otis Mason Elementary School St. Johns County Public Schools

Recycled Tunes of Gasparilla Music Foundation

David Cox Executive Director Gasparilla Music Foundation

Tracy Lisi Music K-5 Supervisor Hillsborough County Public Schools

Nominated by Ernesta Chicklowski on behalf of FEMEA

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True leaders are in high demand in these changing times. Teachers have great opportunities to encourage leader ship in students of all ages through the examples they provide. Here are some characteristics that I believe are import ant in leaders:

« Knowing where you are going (vision of goals, outcomes, and “why” what you are doing is important)

« Recognizing, encouraging, engaging, and appreciating the strengths of others

« Inspiring and celebrating accomplishments of individuals

« Working together and building a “team” spirit

« Being resilient and remaining positive

« Using skills in positive ways

« Welcoming and including ALL students and families

« Expanding your network

« Saying YES to opportunities

The 2023 FMEA Professional Development Conference is an amazing show case of what’s great about music educa tion in Florida. This year’s theme, Unity in Music Education, sets the right tone and direction for now and for our work ahead. I hope you will take time to con template this theme and think about how the idea of Unity can be achieved in your work and in your life.

Our 2023 Emerging Leaders invite ALL conference participants to the oppor tunities we’ve planned for the confer ence. Our annual Coffee and Conversation gathering is from 7:30 am to 9 am on Thursday, January 11. Greet familiar friends and make new ones. FMEA and national leaders will be on hand to meet you. Bring your ideas, questions, and good will!

This year’s Pecha Kucha will be on Friday, January 12 from 4 pm to 5 pm.


This fast-paced session will focus on a variety of topics from seven of our 2023

Emerging Leaders:

« Feed the Future: K-12 Feeder Pattern and YOU – Jenna Vincitore

« It’s a Match! Pre-K Students and Carl Orff – Jasmin Vilca

« Be Transported by Music of the World – Matthew Slaga

« Music Classroom = Safe Space – Amelia VanWinkle

« Vocal Solo Assessment Is for EVERYONE – Aaron Penfield

« Survive and Thrive With Orff X 2 –Emily Rodgers

« Your School Advisory Council (SAC) Needs YOU – Christina Torrez

I’m looking forward to being with you at the conference!


The arts can help students become tenacious, team-oriented problem solvers who are confident and able to think creatively. – Arne Duncan

Congratulations, you made it! December is upon us, and we are all pre paring for winter concerts, holiday celebrations, special performances, and parades in some form or fashion. This is a great opportunity for all of us to showcase the diversity in our programs and in our communities. As you are preparing for these events, make sure you continue to emphasize the importance of performance fundamentals. Be careful when it comes to programming literature that is appropriate for your students’ playing ability. Ask colleagues for input, especially in areas about which you may feel a little timid. Have fun and enjoy the season.

The FMEA Professional Development Conference, UNITY IN MUSIC EDUCATION: Building Communities One Note at a Time, is shaping up to be an amazing opportunity for all music educators to grow, collaborate, network, plan, and refocus. We always look forward to catching up with music educa tors from around the state. There are opportunities to get students involved who may not be participating in one of the all-state ensembles. Please visit the FMEA website to learn about the multiple ways students can have the experience of attending a music education conference of this magnitude. Save the date for the Multicultural Summer Workshop, June 15, 2023, at Edgewater High School in Orlando.

I wish all of you a wonderful and relaxing holiday season. I look forward to seeing everyone in Tampa come January.

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2023 is only one month away! Have you registered to attend? We are eager to see you and to reconnect. This month I would like to preview the following 2023 FMEA ses sions and speakers who will present on important topics of diversity and inclusion. I hope you will plan to attend one or all of the following sessions. I hope the FMD readership will be interested in learning more about these topics at FMEA 2023. If any member has an idea for future FMEA session topics related to social justice and diverse learners, please do not hesitate to contact me (Dr. Alice-Ann Darrow) at alifsu@ mac.com. I hope to see you in Tampa, January 11-14, 2023!

Transforming and Empowering Women Through Choral Music and Community

Thursday, January 12, 2023


Tampa Convention Center, Room 403

How to create a marked change in your treble singers while teaching them how to become stronger and more confident, especially in experiencing the claiming of one’s truths. This session will provide practices, composers, and literature titles (Andrea Ramsey’s Suffrage Cantata) to take home and immedi ately share with your students.

Presenter: Kelly A. Miller, DMA, is associate professor of music and coordinator of music education at the University of Central Florida where she also conducts the SoAl and TeBa Choruses along with the UCF Community Choir.

Facilitating the Success of Students With Disabilities Through University-School Partnerships: Teaching Music to ESE Students 101

Friday, January 13, 2023


Tampa Convention Center, Room 111

In the current music classroom environ ment, it is likely all teachers will encoun ter students with disabilities. Presenters will discuss the similarities and differenc es when teaching in self-contained ESE classrooms and music classes that include students with disabilities. Additionally, the session will highlight appropriate adapta tions, accommodations, and modifications

to use in both settings, as well as how to create partnerships within the school and community.

Presenters: Lee Commander is director of bands at Leon High School in Tallahassee. Kimberly VanWeelden, PhD, is professor of music education at Florida State University. Emily Cain is an exceptional student educator with Leon County Schools, serving as an Access classroom teacher and a co-teacher for a modified band class.

Gay Choirs: What, When, Who, Where, and Why?

Friday, January 13, 2023 2:45pm-3:45pm

Tampa Convention Center, Room 111

The LGBTQIA+ choral community has existed for over half a century in the United States. In 2023, more students than ever before identify as LGBTQIA+, yet we live in a time where public policy and societal pressure can make life difficult for these students. Join the presenters as they discuss how LGBTQIA+ choirs create and serve communities, foster music education, and share techniques that will support teachers and students in any classroom.

Presenters: Braeden Ayres, PhD, serves as the artistic director and conductor of the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus. Gabe Salazar is the artistic director of the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida. Robert Glor, PhD, is a native of Missouri and is the founding artistic director of OurSong, the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chorus, now in its 20th season.

Just Gender: Pathways to Inclusivity in Elementary School

Friday, January 13, 2023 7:45am-8:45am

Tampa Convention Center, Room 112 We will include children’s literature and free digital resources to center gender inclusivity at school. Since gender iden tity and gender expression are unique to each person, participants will engage in activities designed to encourage personal reflection on gender. We aim to help

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participants “see themselves with their own eyes” as a way to help students do the same—for themselves and other stu dents’ genders. We will use the resources shared in our session to demonstrate the need for gender inclusion in Pre-K and elementary school settings. Our collec tion of resources will help teachers intro duce and demonstrate affirming gender narratives into their work.

Presenters: Ær Queen is a trans non-binary general music teacher at Bradock Elementary School in Annandale, Virginia. Nicholas Prosini is a transgender non-binary 14-year music teacher at Amber Charter School in NYC.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): A Look at Current Trends and Beyond

Friday, January 13, 2023 11:45am-12:45pm

Tampa Convention Center, Room 111 Discussions about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion or DEI, while not new, have become more visible and significant in higher education. There are increased efforts to implement positive changes, includ ing the formation of committees, task forces, programs, and the investment of various resources. This interactive session will provide an overview of current efforts, describe poten tial future directions, and allow participants to share their experiences so that all involved can come away with a better understanding of the big picture with regard to DEI in higher education in Florida and how we are moving forward.

Presenter: John A. Lychner, PhD, is director of music education in the School of Music at Stetson University.

Choir for All! Strategies for Teaching and Assessing Students With Special Needs in the Choral Classroom

Friday, January 13, 2023 10:30am-11:30am

Tampa Convention Center, Room 120 Do you work with students with special needs? Of course you do! This session will explore the challenges presented when work ing with exceptional students and will offer practical strategies for teaching and assessing these students in both middle and high school self-contained exceptional student education (ESE) music and in typical choral ensembles. Following the theme of Unity, this session will also explore the benefits of inclusiveness


in choral music education through flexible literature choices, clear communication strategies, reverse inclusion, peer buddies, and differentiated instruction. Learn how your pandemic tech skills can pay off, and take away numerous resources to help you work with a range of students.

Presenters: Christine Lapka, EdD, is com mitted to guiding teacher education candidates in the areas of exceptionalities in music, and elementary music methods at the University of Central Florida. Jason Hawkins, PhD, serves as assistant professor of choral music education at Western Illinois University where he directs choral ensembles and teaches music education courses.

What Else Can I Do? Taking ESE Students Beyond the Classroom Friday, January 13, 2023 11:45am-12:45pm Marriott Water Street Meeting Room 3 Come and participate in creative and engaging lessons to incorporate in your classroom to include all students, regard less of ability level, at your school. With thoughtful planning, differentiation, and using your students’ accommodations, we will discuss how to take these lessons a step further to put on a performance with your ESE students. We will also discuss how you can reach both ends of your student learning spectrum by collaborat ing with your general education or gifted education teachers to create a performance involving those students in a production role and foster an environment of inclu sion at your school through the power of music.

Presenters: Christina Torrez is in her seventh year teaching at Endeavor Elementary School in Orlando. Deborah Parsons is in her fourth year as the K-5 general music teacher at Lake Silver Elementary School in Orlando.

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Please take time to thank and support our 2022-2023 Academic Partners.



Florida Southern College Rollins College Department of Music St. Thomas University

University of North Texas University of Tampa

Partners as of November 7, 2022.

*Please visit FMEA.org/partners for partnership details or call 850-878-6844.

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Partners as of November 7, 2022. *Please visit FMEA.org/partners for partnership details or call 850-878-6844.

SILVER PARTNERS Mark Custom Recording Service, Inc.
take time to thank and support our 2022-2023 Corporate Partners.
Eastman Music Company Head’s House of Music Meloquest, Inc.
Man, Inc. Orlando Sings West Music Company


The mission of The Florida Music Educators Association is to promote quality, comprehensive music education for all Florida students as a part of their complete education.

FMEA Professional Development Conference & All-State Concerts

UNITY IN MUSIC EDUCATION: Building Communities One Note at a Time


As we think about communities, what are we trying to con vey about the importance of building communities? Who are our communities? Where are our communities?

We have a great opportunity to build our music commu nity one note at a time during the 2023 FMEA Professional Development Conference. We will be able to renew established relationships and make new ones as we gain new knowledge and skills.

Conference preregistration is open here: FMEA.org/conference

In addition, please review these important conference deadlines:

December 8 Preregistration closes at midnight. Payment must be postmarked on or before December 4 if you are paying by check. Preregistration is by credit card only after December 5.

December 9 You can begin the on-site registration process online to generate an invoice with the on-site prices, but you must bring your payment to the conference.

December 16 All school lodging checks are due, payable to the hotel where reservations were made for you and/or your students.

December 16 The final deadline for discounted hotel blocks. Unsold rooms in the FMEA blocks are released back to hotels.

The midterm elections have been completed, and I hope you were part of the voting process. FMEA will collaborate with other education associations to develop our legislative platform. Once completed, we will ask members to help with talking to our legislators. If you are interested in serving on the Government Relations Committee, please let FMEA know of your interest. The chairperson of the committee is Jeanne Reynolds. This com mittee will have very important work to accomplish legislatively. Bills will be filed in both the House and the Senate, and FMEA will carefully follow proposed legislation.

Please be sure to check the FMEA website for legislative updates throughout the 2023 session, March 7-May 5, 2023.

Music Education Relief Fund

Please help FMEA help our music programs that suffered during Hurricane Ian and other weather events. Here are ways you can help:

1. Donate to the Mel and Sally Schiff Music Education Relief Fund on the FMEA Donation Page at FMEA.org/help. Just click on the Donate button to fill out the online form. This fund was started by FMEA board member Fred Schiff in honor of his par ents shortly after Hurricane Irma in 2017. A committee will meet to determine the distribution of funds among the schools that have submitted Help Requests.

2. You can also browse the list of needs submitted by our schools and contact the teachers directly to let them know how you can help. Even if you don’t have the specific items requested, perhaps there is another way you can help them recover. Click the View Music Program Needs button to browse the requests, and then click a school name to find out how to help.

I hope to see you in January!

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Officers and Directors


Historian/Parliamentarian & Executive Director

President Shelby Chipman, PhD

Florida A&M University, Department of Music

Foster-Tanner Music Bldg., Room 318 Tallahassee, FL 32307; (850) 599-8165 shelby.chipman@famu.edu

Past President

Steven N. Kelly, PhD

Florida State University; College of Music, KMU 330 Tallahassee, FL 32306 (850) 644-4069; skelly@admin.fsu.edu


Jason Locker

Orange County Public Schools 445 W. Amelia St.; Orlando, FL 32801 (407) 317-3200; jasonlocker@fmea.org

FBA President

Bernard (Bernie) Hendricks, Jr.

Ocoee High School 1925 Ocoee Crown Point Pkwy.; Ocoee, FL 34761 bernard.hendricks@ocps.net

FCMEA President Marc Decker, DMA

Florida Atlantic University 777 Glades Rd.; Boca Raton, FL 33431 (561) 297-3883; deckerm@fau.edu

FEMEA President Joani Slawson

Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy 1720 Peachtree St.; Melbourne, FL 32901 joanislawson@gmail.com

Florida NAfME Collegiate President Allison Yopp

Southeastern University ayopp@seu.edu

Florida NAfME Collegiate Advisor Mark A. Belfast, Jr., PhD

Southeastern University 1000 Longfellow Blvd.; Lakeland, FL 33801 (863) 667-5104; mabelfast@seu.edu

FMSA President

Lindsey R. Williams, PhD

Seminole County Public Schools (407) 320-0434; willialz2@scps.k12.fl.us

FOA President

Laurie Bitters

Winter Park High School

2100 Summerfield Rd.; Winter Park, FL 32792 (407) 622-3200; laurie.bitters@gmail.com

FVA President

Jeannine Stemmer

Florida Christian School 4200 SW 89th Ave.; Miami, FL 33165 j9stemmer@floridachristian.org


Chad Norton

Miami Northwestern Senior High School cnorton@dadeschools.net

Kathleen D. Sanz, PhD Hinckley Center for Fine Arts Education 402 Office Plaza Dr.; Tallahassee, FL 32301-2757 (850) 878-6844; Fax: (850) 942-1793; kdsanz@fmea.org

Editor-in-Chief D. Gregory Springer, PhD FSU College of Music; 122 N. Copeland St.; Tallahassee, FL 32306 (850) 644-2925; dgspringer@fsu.edu

FSMA President Jane Goodwin jane.goodwin@sarasotacountyschools.net



President Marc Decker, DMA

Florida Atlantic University; 777 Glades Rd.; Boca Raton, FL 33431 deckerm@fau.edu


NAfME Collegiate

President. Allison Yopp Southeastern University; ayopp@seu.edu

Past President. Alexis Hobbs Southeastern University; (352) 220-2791; aphobbs@seu.edu


President Joani Slawson

Sondra A. W. Collins sondra.collins@marion.k12.fl.us


Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy; 1720 Peachtree St.; Melbourne, FL 32901 joanislawson@gmail.com

Budget/Finance, Development

Shelby Chipman, PhD Florida A&M University, Department of Music, Foster-Tanner Music Bldg., Room 318 Tallahassee, FL 32307; (850) 599-8165; shelby.chipman@famu.edu

Conference Planning Committee John K. Southall, PhD Indian River State College; 3209 Virginia Ave.; Fort Pierce, FL 34981 (772) 462-7810; johnsouthall@me.com

Contemporary Media David Williams, PhD University of South Florida; 4202 E. Fowler Ave., MUS 101 Tampa, FL 33620; (813) 974-9166; davidw@usf.edu

Emerging Leaders Mary Palmer, EdD 11410 Swift Water Cir.; Orlando, FL 32817 (407) 382-1661; mpalmerassoc@aol.com

Florida Corporate & Academic Partners Fred Schiff All County Music; 8136 N. University Dr.; Tamarac, FL 33321-1708 (954) 722-3424; fred@allcountymusic.com

Government Relations Jeanne W. Reynolds jeannewrey@gmail.com

Health & Wellness Revae Douglas Ross Brandon High School; 1101 Victoria St.; Brandon, FL 33510 (813) 744-8120, ext. 311; revae.douglas@hcps.net

Multicultural Network Bruce J. Green (407) 927-3141; bruce.green@ocps.net

Professional Development/Committee Council Scott Evans Orange County Public Schools; 445 S. Amelia St.; Orlando, FL 32801 (407) 317-3200; scott.evans@ocps.net

Reclamation Chad Norton

Miami Northwestern Senior High School; 1100 NW 71st St.; Miami, FL 33150; cnorton@dadeschools.net

Past President Ernesta Chicklowski Roosevelt Elementary School; 3205 S. Ferdinand Ave.; Tampa, FL 33629 (813) 272-3090; ernesta.chicklowski@sdhc.k12.fl.us

Executive Director Jennifer Sullivan 1750 Common Way Rd., Orlando, FL 32814 (321) 624-5433; slljenn@aol.com


President Lindsey R. Williams, PhD Seminole County Public Schools (407) 320-0434; willialz2@scps.k12.fl.us

Past President Harry “Skip” Pardee pardeh@collierschools.com

Treasurer Ted Hope Hillsborough County Public Schools, School Administration Center 901 E. Kennedy Blvd.; Tampa, FL 33602 (813) 272-4861; ted.hope@sdhc.k12.fl.us


President Laurie Bitters Winter Park High School; 2100 Summerfield Rd.; Winter Park, FL 32792 (407) 622-3200; laurie.bitters@gmail.com

Past President Matthew Davis Harrison School for the Arts; 750 Hollingsworth Rd.; Lakeland, FL 33801 (863) 499-2855; matthew.lawson.davis@gmail.com

Executive Director Donald Langland 220 Parsons Woods Dr.; Seffner, FL 33594 (813) 502-5233; Fax: (813) 502-6832; exdirfoa@yahoo.com



William I. Bauer, PhD University of Florida; wbauer@ufl.edu

Secondary General Music Ed Prasse Leon High School; 550 E. Tennessee St.; Tallahassee, FL 32308 (850) 617-5700; prassee@leonschools.net

Social Justice & Diverse Learners Alice-Ann Darrow, PhD alifsu@mac.com

President Jeannine Stemmer Florida Christian School, 4200 SW 89th Ave.; Miami, FL 33165 j9stemmer@floridachristian.org

Past President Jason Locker jason@fva.net

Executive Director....................................................................

Student Development

Michael Antmann, EdD Freedom High School; 2500 W. Taft-Vineland Rd.; Orlando, FL 32837 (407) 816-5600; michael.antmann@ocps.net


Exhibits Manager fmeaexhibits@fmea.org

Local Chairman Ted Hope—(813) 272-4861; ted.hope@sdhc.k12.fl.us


Michael Dye 231 S. Bayshore Dr.; Valparaiso, FL 32580 (850) 217-7419; mike@fva.net

Business Manager

Jo Hagan, CPA 8975 San Rae Rd.; Jacksonville, FL 32257 (904) 379-2245; Fax: (904) 379-2260; business@fva.net


402 Office Plaza Dr.; Tallahassee, FL 32301-2757 (850) 878-6844; Fax: (850) 942-1793

President Kathleen D. Sanz, PhD (kdsanz@fmea.org)

Director of Operations Valeria Anderson, IOM (val@fmea.org)

Technology Director Josh Bula, PhD (josh@fmea.org)


Bernard (Bernie) Hendricks, Jr. Ocoee High School; 1925 Ocoee Crown Point Pkwy.; Ocoee, FL 34761 bernard.hendricks@ocps.net

Public Affairs & Communications

Coordinator Jenny Abdelnour, CAE (jenny@fmea.org)

Ian Schwindt Titusville High School; 150 Terrier Trail S.; Titusville, FL 32780-4735 (321) 264-3108; schwindt.ian@brevardschools.org

Past President

Marketing & Membership Coordinator Jasmine Van Weelden (jasmine@fmea.org)

Executive Director

Neil Jenkins Florida Bandmasters Association P.O. Box 840135; Pembroke Pines, FL 33084 (954) 432-4111; Fax: (954) 432-4909; exec@fba.flmusiced.org

Business Manager

Jo Hagan, CPA 8975 San Rae Rd.; Jacksonville, FL 32257 (904) 379-2245; Fax: (904) 379-2260; jo@barefootaccounting.com

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