UMEA Mid-Winter Conference


2017 UMEA Mid-Winter Conference

February 3 & 4, 2017
Dixie Conference Center
St. George, Utah

Keynote Speaker: Russ Sperling, NAfME Western Division President
Special Guest: Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser
Performances by: BYU Singers, Cantorum chamber Choir, Timpview High School Band, UVU Men's Choir, Sky View High School String Orchestra, Millcreek Junior high Band, Herriman High School Vivace, Desert Hills High School Band, American Heritage A Cappella Choir, Woods Cross Jazz Band, small ensembles from the Navy Band Northwest and the Utah All-State Jazz Band.

Sessions: UMEA Vice Presidents have been working since last spring to bring you timely and informative sessions that will make your trip to St. George worth the effort. Session information will be posted soon, as well as schedule grids for Friday and Saturday events. A session and performance preview will also be published in the Utah Music Educators Journal winter issue, mailed late December/early January.

2017 Conference Schedule Information and Schedule Grid

Friday Conference Schedule Grid

Saturday Conference Schedule Grid

Friday Conference Session Details

Saturday Conference Session Details

Reserve Early for Conference Hotels

UMEA has made arrangements with the following hotels for a discounted UMEA Conference rate. Members are urged to reserve hotel space early as these hotels will only keep these reserved blocks of discounted rooms up to a month before the conference.
St. George Hotels reserving a block of rooms for UMEA members

Salt Lake Symphonic Winds to Perform at UMEA Conference

The Salt Lake Symphonic Winds will perform at the 2017 UMEA Conference in St. George, Utah. They will be the featured instrumental performing group for the 5 p.m. concert block on Friday, February 3.
The Symphonic Winds, under the direction of director Dr. Thomas Rhorer, plan to perform a program titled "Stories and Legends," with selections: Masque by Hesketh, Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin, arranged by Grofe, and a selection by Alcade.

The Salt Lake Symphonic Winds is a non-profit organization dedicated to the highest-quality performance of the vast wind band repertory. Its membership consists largely of music educators and amateur musicians throughout the Wasatch Front and Cache County, Utah.

The Salt Lake Symphonic Winds was founded in 1992 by Dr. Barry Kopetz of the University of Utah, who served as the organization’s first conductor until departure in 2002 to serve as the director of bands at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Scott Hagen, Director of Bands at the University of Utah, took the role as the conductor until 2004.

Our current director, Dr. Thomas Rohrer, who is director of bands at Utah State University, has served as the band's conductor since 2005.

Thomas P. Rohrer is Professor of Music, Director of Bands and Director of Music Education at Utah State University where he has conducted the Wind Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and the Aggie Marching Band as part of his leadership of a diverse collegiate band program and teacher training curriculum. Having established an international reputation as a conductor and clinician, he is Music Director and Conductor of the Salt Lake [Utah] Symphonic Winds (which performed at the 2006 Music Educators National Conference National Convention) and consistently receives high praise from colleagues and composers for meticulous preparation and insightful interpretation.

An active composer, Dr. Rohrer has twice earned honors as a winner of the Dallas Wind Symphony's composition competition, completed several commissions, had works performed at two conferences of the College Band Directors National Association, and received the international premiere of Excessive Force for Wind Ensemble.

Under his leadership, the Utah State University Wind Orchestra is held in high regard, three times receiving invitations to the College Band Directors National Association Regional Conference and hosting several noted artists, composers, and conductors. A frequent conductor and clinician throughout the United States and abroad, Dr. Rohrer is published in the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, UPDATE: Applications of Research in Music Education, Journal of Band Research, Instrumentalist, and several state professional journals, and he has been invited to present at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the regional College Band Directors National Association, and individual state conferences.

Dr. Rohrer is cited numerous times for outstanding teaching, most including the recipient of the Marie Eccles Caine Foundation Young Scholar Award and the Utah State University Music Department and Fine Arts Teacher of the Year. In addition, he was honored as a top-five finalist for the campus-wide Master Teacher Award at Bowling Green State University. He also taught collegiately at Florida State University and held positions at Northern Arizona University and the University of Cincinnati. His public school experience includes teaching instrumental music in the public schools of Southwest Ohio. A proponent of music education, Dr. Rohrer has visited hundreds of classrooms, and he maintains strong ties with pre-service and in-service teachers. Dr. Rohrer's professional affiliations have included the College Band Directors National Association—for which served as Western Division President and is currently Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Music Educators National Conference, the National Band Association, the Conductors Guild, and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. As a community member, he has served on the Community Council for Hillcrest Elementary School in Logan and coached basketball, baseball, softball, and soccer for the Logan Parks and Recreation Department. He is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma-national band service organizations-and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Dr. Rohrer has degrees in music education and wind conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Ph.D. in music education from Florida State University.

2016 Conference Handouts

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

Another successful UMEA Mid-Winter Conference was held in St. George, Ut, February 5-6, 2016. Record attendance nearly reached 800 participants. Plan to attend next year's conference on February 3 and 4, 2017 in the Dixie Convention Center.
Allow your voice to be heard. Contact the vice president over your interest area to suggest topics, presenters and performing groups. They need to hear your opinions and suggestions. Start early. Planning for the 2017 conference starts in June.

Dixie Center
St. George, Utah

Do You Have A Session Suggestion?

UMEA's vice presidents are always looking for good session ideas for the Mid-Winter Conference. Please feel free to let them know what you want to get out of YOUR conference. Division leader contact information

Apply to Become a Presenter

Proposals now being taken for the February 2017 UMEA Mid-Winter Professional Development Conference. Conference Presenter Application

Apply to Bring Your Performing Group to the UMEA Mid-Winter Professional Development Conference

Conference Performance Application.
Current applications will be considered for the February 2017 Mid-Winter Conference.

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