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UMEA President
Greg Wheeler


Pick-up Conference Packets

Packets will be available to pick-up Thursday evening, Feb. 4 from 6:30 - 9 p.m. for those who pre-registered. They will be in the Dixie Convention Center lobby. The registration desk will be open, starting at 6:45 on Friday, Feb. 5 for those who plan to register on-site.

2016 Conference Session Details>

UMEA Vice Presidents and other leaders have arranged for a variety of sessions, musical performances and music industry exhibitors to make this year's Professional Development Conference and must-attend experience.

Friday, Febuary 5th Session Details

Saturday, February 6th Session Details

2016 Conference Session Grids

Friday sessions at a glance:
Friday Sessions

Saturday sessions at a glance:
Saturday Sessions

Online Conference Registration Now Open

Online registration is now available for the UMEA Mid-Winter Conference, February 5-6, 2016 in St. George, Utah.

Follow this link to the UMEA Conference Registration Page.

Capitol Hill Day

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

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

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

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

2016 UMEA Board Election
Candidates for Vice President-Elect

Candidates for Vice President-elect in the Jazz, Orchestra and Elementary Divisions have been announced. They are:

Jazz VP-Elect
Randal Clark
Timothy Kidder

Orchestra VP-Elect
John Findlay
Amber Tuckness

Elementary VP-Elect
Debbie Beninati
Brittany May

Click here for candidate biographies, statements and photos.

Note: The office of Vice President-Elect is held for one year, during which the officer shadows the current Vice President, becoming familiar with the duties and responsibilities of that office. After one year, the Vice President-Elect becomes the division Vice President for a two-year term.

Current members will receive an invitation to vote on-line from January 18 to Febuary 6 at noon. Those who renew lapsed memberships at the UMEA Mid-Winter Professional Development Conference in St. George, Feb. 5-6, 2016, will receive a paper ballot.

2016 NAfME National and Western Division Elections

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

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

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

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

Call for Award Nominations

UMEA recognizes the accomplishments of its membership and those who support music education in Utah with awards which are presented annually in February at the association's Mid-Winter Professional Development Conference in St. George, Utah. The following link gives criteria and contact information for those who wish to make a nomination. Nominations are screened by a nominating committee and come before the UMEA Board for approval. In some cases, more than one individual or group may be selected for recognition in a given category.
The nominations now being accepted will be considered for presentation at the 2017 Mid-Winter Professional Development Conference. Awards Criteria and Submission Information

2015 UMEA Marching Band Circuit Season

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

All-State Jazz Band Director announced

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

All-State Band Conductor announced

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

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

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

All-State Orchestra Conductor announced

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

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

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

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

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

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

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