UMEA President
Greg Wheeler

Welcome to UMEA

Upcoming Events:


All-State Band Ready to Receive Applications

Instrumentalists who wish to submit their audition for All-State Band may now do so at:

Call for Candidate Nominations

The 2017 UMEA election will be held prior to and during the UMEA Mid-Winter Conference in St. George. Members who have email accounts registered with the association will receive an invitation to an electronic ballot by mid-January, 2017. Others will receive a mailed ballot. Offices to be decided during this election cycle will be:
Band Vice President-elect
Choral Vice President-elect
Jr. High/Middle School President-elect
Higher Education Vice President-elect

The candidate chosen as president-elect will spend two years in that office, two years as UMEA president and two years as past president. Candidates chosen for Band, Choral, Jr. High/Middle School and Higher Ed. vice presidents-elect will serve one year in that position and two years as president of that group.

Nominees for these offices should be members who will represent their respective areas with integrity and diligence. They should be exemplary teachers or administrators who are reliable and responsive to the membership and their responsibilities as members of the UMEA Board.

Nomination deadline: Sept. 1, 2016
Send nominations to:
Rhonda Rhodes
3743 W 200 N
Hurricane, UT 84737
or email to:

Call for Award Nominations

UMEA recognizes the accomplishments of its membership and those who support music education in Utah with awards which are presented annually at the UMEA Mid-Winter Professional Development Conference in St. George, Utah. Nominations are screened by a nominating committee and come before the UMEA Board for approval. Nominations are currently being accepted for the following:

Outstanding Music Educator - top state award for long-term meritorious service.

Superior Accomplishment - awarded for one, specifically outstanding accomplishment during the previous year.

Service to Music Education - given to a non-UMEA member who has given special service, assistance or opportunities to enhance music education.

Senior High School Award - high school music teacher who has demonstrated distinct, commendable achievement and service.

Junior High/Middle School Award - jr. high/middle school music teacher who has demonstrated distinct, commendable achievement and service.

Elementary Award - elementary teacher or music specialist whose contributions expand and enrich elementary music.

Outstanding Administrator Award - public school administrator who has demonstrated commitment and support to music education.

UMEA Hall of Fame Award - individual, living or deceased, whose long-term, meritorious service, assistance and inspiration to music education has made a lasting impression.

Note: Teacher recipients must be members of UMEA

Nomination deadline: November 15, 2016
Send nominations to Norm Lister
304 Cholla Dr.
Washington, UT 84780
or email:
(435) 628-3798

Changes to Adjudication Certification

The UMEA adjudication committee and UHSAA have agreed upon some changes begin June 1, 2016.

  • The term for certified adjudicators has increased to four years.
  • All adjudicator terms will end in June of the fourth year, regardless of when they certified.
  • John Bowman was named as the Adjudication Committee's new chair. He replaces Claudia Bigler who has served admirably in this position for several years.

2017 Band All-State

Audition materials are now available on the All-State Band page.


Learn how UMEA supports music education on our Advocacy page.

Featured Advocacy Articles:
  1. Read Caleb Chapman's powerful speech given at this year's Capitol Hill Day.
  2. Read Jenny Oaks Baker's Keynote speech given at this year's Capitol Hill Day.

Past Featured article:
  1. "Arts Involvement and At-Risk Students"

NAfME Western Region President-elect

Congratulations to Sam Tsugawa, newly elected NAfME Western Region President-elect!

2016 Conference Handouts

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

2016 UMEA Board Election Results

Congratulations to the following newly elected UMEA officers:

Jazz VP-Elect
Randal Clark

Orchestra VP-Elect
John Findlay

Elementary VP-Elect
Brittany May

Join or Renew Membership in UMEA & NAfME

Joining UMEA allows members to receive support and instruction from the state's largest professional music-teaching association as well as membership to NAfME, the largest national music educators organization. Membership Benefits

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