UMEA Board

Current UMEA Board, Staff and Auxiliary Members

UMEA Leadership

UMEA is run by a board elected by the general membership. Elections are held each February at the Mid-Winter Conference. The elected board appoints staff and committees to carry out UMEA functions.

Nominate someone to serve in UMEA Leadership

We are always looking for people that you think would make good UMEA board or committee members.
This year's (2018) election will decide the following positions:
Orchestra Vice President-elect
Jazz Vice President-elect
Elementary Vice President-elect
Contact Todd Campbell, UMEA President-elect, to nominate an individual for UMEA leadership.

Contact a VP

Vice-Presidents over each area (division) of UMEA are responsible for directing and overseeing all UMEA-run events, projects and making policy. In addition, each Vice-President may appoint committees to plan, organize and carry out each event or project.


2017 UMEA Board Election Results

Congratulations to newly elected UMEA Board members:

Todd Campbell, President-Elect
Joe Windsor, Band Vice President-Elect
Larry Smith, Choir Vice President-Elect
Josh Rasmussen, Jr. High/Middle School Vice President-Elect
Mark Ely, Higher Education Vice President-Elect

Todd Campbell
Bachelors in Music Education, University of Utah
Masters in Music Education, University of Utah
Woods Cross High School

Todd Campbell is in his twenty-fourth year of teaching Band in the Davis County School District where he has taught Band both at the high school and junior high levels. Todd currently teaches Band and AP Music Theory at Woods Cross High School where he has taught for the last seven years. Prior to teaching at Woods Cross High, Todd taught at South Davis Junior High for nine years and at Mueller Park Junior High for eight years. Todd is alumni of both WXHS and SDJH. Todd holds both Bachelor and Master degrees in Music Education from the University of Utah.

Todd has been actively involved in the Utah Music Educators Association for over twenty-six years. He has served as Jazz Vice President, Junior High Vice President, Awards Chairman, President of the U of U Collegiate chapter of MENC, and currently serves on the UMEA Jazz Committee. Todd has been a Davis District Hall of Fame teacher two times and has also received Davis District's Excel award. In addition, Todd was an influential leader at SDJH where he helped to develop several innovative programs for all students. He has also been involved with several Utah State Office of Education Pilot projects as the well as the Trade Secrets Workshop. Todd also organized and produced the "Jazz Teacher Immersion Workshop" during the summer of 2014 where music teachers were taught how to play and improvise jazz music by performing in both a jazz combo and big band. Todd also travels each year to help produce one of the Heritage "Festivals of Gold" held in Chicago, Boston, Nashville or San Francisco. Todd is a member of the NBA (National Band Association), PAS (Percussive Arts Society), JEN (Jazz Education Network), and is a former member of the PTG (Piano Technicians Guild).

Todd’s concert bands, jazz band, and percussion ensemble have a reputation being among the best. Since moving to Woods Cross High Todd's ensembles have done very well at our State Festivals, and outside of the state. In addition to performing at concerts and festivals, the Woods Cross Jazz Band performs regularly at community events. Todd is in demand as a clinician, adjudicator, presenter and conductor. He has also had many student teachers throughout the years.

Todd's main instruments are trumpet, percussion and guitar but he likes to mess around on any instrument that is put in front of him. Todd still finds some time to perform in both the classical and jazz world. He played the cello as a young music student and has even been known to sing in a choir from time to time. He credits any success that he has had to all his teachers and mentors over the years. His most influential teachers however were his parents-- both at home and at SDJH where he sat in their music and typing classes. Some of his hobbies and interests are: home improvement, playing guitar, yard work, tuning and maintaining pianos, church service and anything that his kids are involved with. Todd's wife Natalie has a private piano studio of thirty-five piano students and also teachers "Lets Play Music" Classes. She has been an active choir accompanist on both organ and piano for the Utah Voices Choir, and Salt Lake Symphonic Choir. Todd and Natalie have five children who are all involved in music as well.

"I am humbled by my association with so many wonderful and amazing teachers / directors in our state. I have learned so much from so many of you. The longer I do this the more I realize how much I have to learn. There is so much I don't know. However, there are a few things that I do know and that I feel strongly about."

Joe Windsor
Bachelor of Music Education, Weber State University
Weber High School

Joe Windsor is completing his 23rd year of teaching and currently teaches at Weber High School (Band) and at Snowcrest Junior High School (Band, Choir and Orchestra, Assistant Track Coach and assists with the Drama Department) in the Weber School District. In his spare time, he serves as the Assistant Marching Band Director at Weber State. He has served the UMEA as an All State Band Chair and Committee member; Marching Band Committee Member; Band Committee Member and on the Band Literature Committee.

I have enjoyed my experiences as a member of the UMEA and look forward to continuing to serve in any area needed. I would like to see our organization continue to grow and continue to move and develop our new teachers through mentoring and hands-on opportunities to learn from the great teachers that we have in our State. I would like to find a forum to recognize all of the great teachers in our State who selflessly dedicate their time and energies to their students, schools and communities.

Larry Smith
Bachelors, University of Utah
Masters, University of Utah
Bountiful High School

Larry R. Smith has taught choral music in Utah for over twenty-two years, and is currently in his nineteenth year at Bountiful High School. He conducts seven choirs at the school in which over 400 students participate. Under his direction, the Bountiful High Choirs have consistently received superior ratings at region and state choral festivals. Previously, Larry taught for three years at Mueller Park Junior High. Larry received his training through the University of Utah, where he received both his Masters and Bachelors Degrees in Music. He also spent a semester studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Larry has been a member of UMEA his entire career, and is also currently a member of ACDA. In the summer of 2011, Larry was named the Associate Conductor of the Bells on Temple Square, the official handbell organization of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

I am grateful to have been nominated to represent the amazing choral music educators of Utah. I have seen firsthand the power that music educators have in shaping the minds and character of our young people. I would not be where I am today, without the positive influence of music educators in my life. During my senior year in high school, my choir director, Mr. Tom Waldron, asked me one day where I was planning on going to college. I truthfully had no idea. Then he mentioned that he spoke with the choir director at the University of Utah about me, and that I could go audition for the choir and even get a scholarship. This guidance and mentorship changed my life. I was immediately hooked on the power, intensity, and aesthetic value of quality choral music. I am constantly trying to teach my students these qualities. As a part of UMEA, I have made many friends and colleagues whose teaching I admire immeasurably, and have led me to be who I am today. I hope to be able in some small measure to 'pay it forward' as we continue to advocate for music education, and its essential role in our schools.

Josh Rasmussen
Alumnus of: Snow College
Utah State University
University of Hawaii
Southern Utah University
Teaches at Ephraim Middle School
Adjunct instructor at Snow College

Josh Rasmussen is in his tenth year of teaching at Ephraim Middle School where he directs three ability based concert bands, choir, Jazz band, percussion ensemble, and Guitar. In his previous assignment he taught for four years at Red Hills Middle School and Richfield High School in Richfield, Utah where the Concert Band received superior ratings at region and state festivals every year. The Ephraim Middle School band program has grown and established a fine tradition of excellence. They have been invited to participate in the State Junior High Band Festival for the last three years.

Mr. Rasmussen believes that learning an instrument is the best way to develop fundamental music literacy. He established the guitar program in 2008. Mr. Rasmussen incorporated the ukulele into the choir curriculum in 2009 and believes it is the perfect instrument for teaching harmony, rhythm, ear training and is suited to almost any style of music.

Mr. Rasmussen is also an adjunct instructor at Snow College where his responsibilities have included: Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble II, Brass Pedagogy, Introduction to Music, Introduction to Music Education, Music Theory, Aural Skills, Directing the Pit Orchestra, and Pep Band.

He is an alumnus of North Sanpete High School, Snow College, Utah State University, The University of Hawaii, and Southern Utah University. His wife Mollie is a Bassoonist, volleyball player, and superstar mom to 5 children. In his spare time Mr. Rasmussen enjoys spending time with family, coaching youth sports, scouting, fishing, running, and serving as an EMT.

"I am honored to be a candidate for UMEA Jr. High Vice President Elect. I am grateful to all of those who have served and are currently serving on the board for the countless hours they volunteer for us. The February conference is always inspiring. I am also grateful to all of you who serve in the trenches. My entire career has been working in rural schools. I believe that it would benefit the association to have a rural voice on the board. Teaching in a small school has given me opportunities to work outside my specialty and to learn how valuable it is for schools to have thriving instrumental, vocal, and general music programs. There are plenty of kids to go around, even in small schools, and we have the obligation to try and reach as many as possible. I love working with middle school students, and hope we can all continue to improve our teaching to help students have meaningful musical experiences."

Mark Ely
Master of Saxophone Performance, Western Michigan University
PHD in Music Education, Ohio State University
University of Utah

Dr. Mark C. Ely is Professor of Music Education and Saxophone Performance at The University of Utah. Dr. Ely holds a Master of Music Degree in saxophone performance from Western Michigan University where he studied with Trent Kynaston, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from The Ohio State University where he studied with Dr. Burdette Green and Professor James Hill. Dr. Ely is an active performer, clinician, and adjudicator. He has performed as a saxophone soloist with a variety of ensembles at state, regional, and national conferences including: National Music Educators Association Conference (MENC); College Band Director's National Association Conference (CBDNA); Music Educators National Conference (MENC); World Saxophone Congress; North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA); Utah Music Educators Association (UMEA) Professional Development Conference, and the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) Conference. Dr. Ely presents regularly at music education conferences and has published articles in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Utah Music Educators Journal, School Music News, and The Instrumentalist. His Dictionary of Music Education: A Handbook of Terminology, co-authored with Amy E. Van Deuren, Esq., is published by GIA Publications, and his two-volume book set that focuses on wind instrument pedagogy entitled Wind Talk: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching Woodwind Instruments and Wind Talk: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching Brass Instruments is published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Ely has held offices at the state and national levels as well, including: the Utah Higher Education Research Chair, the Utah State CMENC Chair, and the Western Division Chair of Collegiate Music Educators National Conference (CMENC). Dr. Ely received the Outstanding Music Educator Award in Music Education from the Utah Music Educators Association (UMEA) in 2008 and a Superior Achievement Award in Music Education from the Utah Music Educators Association (UMEA) in 2004. Prior to university teaching, Dr. Ely was Director of Bands in the Ross County Public School System in Ohio where he taught elementary, junior high, and senior high instrumental music.

"I had the pleasure of serving in this capacity some 25 years ago. At that time, many of you will recall that the higher education sessions were poorly attended. In fact, at my first UMEA conference in 1990, the first higher education session that I attended had only two people: Ed Asmus and myself, and we were the presenters! The decision was made at that time to make the higher education sessions more directly relevant to teaching in the schools and music education practices in our state, and the rest—shall we say—is history. We have come along way since then thanks to the thoughtful work of many people. If I am fortunate enough to be elected as your higher education representative, I would like to expand our boundaries once again. As I see it, we need to get more people with diverse perspectives involved in these sessions. Real change happens through meaningful and respectful debate and discourse. We also need to have more panel discussions on a wide range of issues, including: preparing students for higher education experiences; exploring curricula and standards; engaging in philosophical inquiry; connecting with others at all levels across all areas of music instruction; expanding our understanding of effective assessment, evaluation and grading strategies; advocating for music education; discussing the future of music education, and so on. I would also like to expand the poster presentations to include any educator who would like the opportunity to disseminate and share information about teaching in a conference setting."

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