2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference 2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

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CMEA Conference Registration
William Kohut
William Kohut
CMEA, Executive Director

Pre-registration packets may be picked up during this time. If you have not registered for the conference by January 21st you will need to complete the on-line registration form and either make payment by credit card or by check and come to the on-site registration area. You will be asked to present your invoice and check payment if paying by check.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

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CMEA Opening Session, Keynote, and Honor Awards Ceremony
Kevin Beaber
Kevin Beaber
CMEA, President
Cynthia Eversole
Cynthia Eversole
CMEA, President-Elect
Omar Thomas
Omar Thomas
University of Texas at Austin, Assistant Professor of Composition

CMEA President Kevin Beaber and CMEA President-elect Cynthia Eversole welcome all to the 2022 conference and annual meeting of the membership. Enjoy a keynote address presented by Omar Thomas, and celebrate the accomplishments of our CMEA Honor Award Recipients from 2021 and 2022.

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Bow Guides, Wrist Guards, Chapstick? A Guide to Teaching Aids and Their Many Uses
Lindsay Genadek
Lindsay Genadek
Private Strings Teacher

Parents are busy and tired of fighting with their kids, students can't remember everything to practice and as a teacher, you know you can't move on until technique is correct. Sometimes technique feels like an uphill battle and can be very discouraging to students and parents. There are so many teaching aids, common and uncommon, to use to help with this exact scenario and this session will focus on what can be used to help the many different technique pitfalls our students succumb to. These teaching aids help the student focus on what's really fun about learning music: The Music!

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Lesher Middle School - Advanced Chamber Orchestra
Loni Obluda
Loni Obluda
Lesher Middle School, Orchestra Director and CoASTA President

This performance is limited to 75 registered attendees, due to Health & Safety Protocols. Be sure to select "attending" (or click the + symbol) for this session to ensure your spot! Note: Additional seating will be made available on a first-come-first-serve basis after the start time of the session.

Presider - Thomas Dodd, Lesher Middle School Principal

Concert Host - Lindsay Fulcher, CO ASTA President-Elect

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Growing Your Viola Garden-From Seeds to Full Bloom!
Margaret Miller
Margaret Miller
Senior Instructor, Viola and Chamber Music

It takes careful nurturing of your viola "seeds" but the rewards of a thriving viola section in all of your ensembles is worth the watering, pruning and reseeding. This session will give directors and teachers strategies for growing a great viola garden, from beginners through high school.

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Denver School of the Arts Middle School - Orchestra
Enrique Lasansky
Enrique Lasansky
Denver School of the Arts, Director of Orchestras

Presider - Dave Hammond, Denver School of the Arts Director of Bands

Concert Host - Rachel Lavadie, CO ASTA Western Slope Representative

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Metropolitan State University of Denver - Orchestra
Brandon Matthews
Brandon Matthews
Metropolitan State University of Denver, Director of Orchestras and Professor

Concert Host - Leanne Griffey, CO ASTA Secretary

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Exhibits Reception
Rick Shaw
Rick Shaw
CMEA and CBA Chairman of Marching Affairs, Exhibits Chair

Complete your exhibitor signature card and turn it in for a free drink ticket!


Check out the online list of Exhibitors here.

Friday, January 28, 2022

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Columbine High School - Chamber Orchestra
Tyler Vandermeer
Tyler Vandermeer
Columbine High School, Orchestra and Band Director

This performance is limited to 75 registered attendees, due to Health & Safety Protocols. Be sure to select "attending" (or click the + symbol) for this session to ensure your spot! Note: Additional seating will be made available on a first-come-first-serve basis after the start time of the session.

Presider - Scott Christy, Columbine High School Principal

Concert Host - Michelle Ewer, Tri-M Chair

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Orchestra New Music Reading Session

This session is limited to 75 registered attendees, due to Health & Safety Protocols. Be sure to select "attending" (or click the + symbol) for this session to ensure your spot! Note: Additional seating will be made available on a first-come-first-serve basis after the start time of the session.


Come join us for the Orchestra New Music Reading Session and preview great new music for string orchestra, grades one-five, with diverse genres and styles represented. Attendees are invited to bring and instrument and join along with the orchestra, or sit and listen.

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How Vocal and String Pedagogies Can Enhance One Another
Michael Linert
Michael Linert
Westminster High School, Performing Arts Department Chair & Director of Orchestras, Mariachi, and Guitar

String teachers tell their students to play like a singer, while voice teachers tell their students to sing like a string player. What does it all mean? Join this session to learn and experience some specific techniques and concepts to improve the string and vocal techniques, musicality, and creativity of your students!

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Fort Collins High School - Symphony Orchestra
John Hermanson
John Hermanson
Fort Collins High School, Director of Orchestras

Presider - Jennifer Roth, Fort Collins High School Assistant Principal

Concert Host - Loni Obluda, CO ASTA President

Saturday, January 29, 2022

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Mountain Vista High School - Chamber Orchestra
Darren Delaup
Darren Delaup
Mountain Vista High School, Director of Instrumental Music

This reception is limited to 75 registered attendees, due to Health & Safety Protocols. Be sure to select "attending" (or click the + symbol) for this session to ensure your spot! Note: Additional seating will be made available on a first-come-first-serve basis after the start time of the session.

Presider - Michael Weaver, Mountain Vista High School Principal

Concert Host - Robert Stahley, CO ASTA Denver Metro Representative

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5 S.M.A.R.T. Steps to RETAINING Our Beginners
Marcia Neel
Marcia Neel
Music Achievement Council

Would you be surprised to learn that within one short year, 60% of beginning students are no longer playing? You've worked hard to recruit—and even re-recruit—beginners into your instrumental music program so this year, more than ever before, it’s all about RETAINING them! Actionable steps that can be taken by parents, administrators, and the students themselves will make all the difference whether in an urban, suburban or rural setting. In this on-target session, directors of all experience and expertise levels will learn about the role they can play in these 5 S.M.A.R.T. Steps to RETAINING Our Beginners.

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