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

Thursday, January 27, 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.

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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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Rocky Ford Junior Senior High School - Meloneer Concert Band
Jonathan Colson
Jonathan Colson
Rocky Ford Junior Senior High School, Director of Music

Presider - Cindy Cowan, Rocky Ford High School Principal

Concert Host - Marti Bott, IMC District 6 Representative

John Balderson will receive his 25-year Recognition Award during this concert.

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Rocky Mountain High School - Rocky Mountain Winds
Scott Schlup
Scott Schlup
Rocky Mountain High School, Director of Bands

Presider - Craig Woodall, Rocky Mountain High School Principal

Concert Host - Peter Toews, IMC Chair

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Cherry Creek High School - Jazz Band A
Tim Libby
Tim Libby
Cherry Creek High School, Director of Bands

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 - Ryan Silva, Cherry Creek High School Principal

Concert Host - Andrew Holcombe, IMC District 1 Representative

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Empowered Listening: Turning Accurate into Artistic
Donald J. McKinney
Donald J. McKinney
University of Colorado Boulder, Director of Bands and Professor of Conducting

How can you and your students elevate your performances from accurate to artistic? This session seeks to answer this relevant and vital question by providing alternative strategies that will enhance your listening skills and empower your students to engage with the rehearsal process. We will explore new methods to create your personal aural image and heighten your expectation for student performance. By using examples from a variety of scores, we will examine how to quickly process and study the printed score to make informed decisions that will determine your performance expectation. Most importantly, we will explore ways to energize your rehearsals and empower your students’ listening. It will be our goal to turn ensemble rehearsals into exciting and creative spaces where students take risks, explore the unknown, and become collaborators in the artistic pursuit.

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Inherently Political: A Conversation Around Activism and Artivism in Concert Music
Omar Thomas
Omar Thomas
University of Texas at Austin, Assistant Professor of Composition

In this session, I will discuss the activism that is at the core of a number of my works, and considerations that should be taken when composing and commissioning such music.

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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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The First Three Years
David A. Rickels
David A. Rickels
University of Colorado Boulder, Associate Professor and Chair of Music Education
Hannah Harm
Hannah Harm
Liberty High School, Assistant Director of Bands
Celeste Landy
Celeste Landy
Battle Mountain High School, Instrumental Music Director
Tristan Peterson
Tristan Peterson
Galileo School of Math and Science, Instrumental Music Teacher

The first three years of teaching are an important and often challenging transitional time for all new music teachers entering the profession. This panel discussion will explore the experiences of music teachers currently navigating this early career stage. Panelists Andrea Austin, Hannah Harm, Celeste Landy, and Tristan Peterson will share lessons they have learned in their journey from college to the classroom. Moderator David Rickels will also invite questions from the audience. College students, new teachers, and experienced teachers who mentor new educators will all benefit from this dialogue about experiences in the first three years.

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Lewis Palmer High School - Wind Symphony
Tom Chapman
Tom Chapman
Lewis-Palmer High School, Director of Bands and Popular Music Studies

Presider - Bridget O'Connor, Lewis Palmer High School Principal

Concert Host - Karen Bautista, IMC District 8 Representative

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Notes from the Composer
Omar Thomas
Omar Thomas
University of Texas at Austin, Assistant Professor of Composition

In this session, I will provide further insight into the creation of, as well as intended performance practices for, some of my most popular works.

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Including Those We Serve - Engaging Students In Their Success
Tom Chapman
Tom Chapman
Lewis-Palmer High School, Director of Bands and Popular Music Studies

At the heart of every program are the students - we do what we do in schools for their benefit. But, as in every subject, often the process of music education is done to our students and not with them. In this session ideas will be shared on involving students in the conversations and decisions that shape our programs, from the culture and inclusion of our classrooms, to individual and group growth, excellence, and success.

Looking to dive deeper into the content of the session? Check out these supporting materials:

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Overcoming Burnout Through Completing the Stress Response Cycle
Megan Lewin
Megan Lewin
Westminster High School, Band Director

Are you currently battling burnout? Or looking to prevent it? In the field of music education, we often wear our stress as a badge of honor, but it is time to take back our mental health and develop habits that bring us fulfillment throughout our careers. In this session you will learn concrete tools to overcome burnout for you and your students based on the research by Dr. Amelia Nagoski, Dr. Emily Nagoski and their book, “Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle.” We cannot change the fact that we face countless stressors every day, but we can control the way we react through mindfulness and community care. You will leave this session prepared to complete your own stress response cycle and leave burnout behind.

Looking to dive deeper into the content of the session? Check out these supporting materials:

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Just Tell Me What I Need to Know! - 4 Things to Make Your Band Sound Better, Guaranteed!
John Pasquale
John Pasquale
University of Michigan, Donald R. Shepherd Associate Professor of Conducting, Director of the University of Michigan Marching and Athletic Bands, Associate Director of University Bands
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Programming to Grow, Inspire and Flourish
Kate Flynn Margrave
Kate Flynn Margrave
Pine Creek High School, Band and Orchestra Director

This session will dive into programming for our ensembles today, taking into account the challenges we have faced in the past year. It will address literature choices that help with the education and mental health of the student, focusing on quality, inspiring works that will help our programs flourish!

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University of Colorado at Boulder - Wind Symphony
Donald J. McKinney
Donald J. McKinney
University of Colorado Boulder, Director of Bands and Professor of Conducting

Presider - John Davis, University of Colorado at Boulder Dean of the College of Music

Concert Host - Tom Chapman, IMC District 5 Representative

Mark Dorn will receive his 25-year Recognition Award during this concert.

Saturday, January 29, 2022

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Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School - Symphonic Band
Dan Bell
Dan Bell
The Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School, Director of Bands

Presider - Greg Watkins, Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School Principal

Concert Host - Katie Schrichte, IMC District 7 Representative

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Music Ensemble: Inside and Out How to for music clarity in your ensemble
John Pasquale
John Pasquale
University of Michigan, Donald R. Shepherd Associate Professor of Conducting, Director of the University of Michigan Marching and Athletic Bands, Associate Director of University Bands
WL Whaley
WL Whaley
Colorado Bandmasters Association, Chief Judge
Jack Yonce
Jack Yonce
Colorado Bandmasters Association, Chairman of Concert Band Activities
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Cheyenne Mountain High School Symphonic Band
Genice Matzke
Genice Matzke
Cheyenne Mountain High School, Director of Bands

Presider - Carrie Brenner, Cheyenne Mountain High School Principal

Concert Host - Tom Chapman, IMC District 5 Representative

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Honest Conversations About Mental Health
Andrew Holcombe
Andrew Holcombe
Euclid Middle School, Band Teacher/Presenter
Dylan Ford
Dylan Ford
Dakota Ridge High School, Director of Instrumental Music

It can be challenging to talk about how we feel and what we think, especially in our very public roles as music teachers. Our session is a friendly environment to start conversations about improving our mental health in a relatable way as musicians, teachers, and people.

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Make it Work: Flexible/Adaptable Music Beyond the Pandemic
Angela K. Winter
Angela K. Winter
Adams State University, Professor of Horn and Director of Brass and Bands
Jackie Townsend
Jackie Townsend
Lubbock Christian University, Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music

Many instrumental music programs turned to flexible/adaptable compositions as a tool to maintain programs while facing the many challenged of the past year associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, many composers responded to the needs of music organizations by composing works for flexible or adaptable instrumentation. While this music is well suited to meet the challenges of the past year’s hardships, there are many opportunities in flexible/adaptable music beyond the circumstances of the pandemic. This session will focus on how instrumental programs can use these works in a wide variety of teaching and performing situations. Dr.’s Townsend and Winter will offer an overview of the history and recent development in flexible music, a variety of applications, misconceptions about the genre, practical applications, and the genre as a tool to bridge gaps of access and equity.

Looking to dive deeper into the content of the session? Check out these supporting materials:

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All-State Jazz Band Concerts
Ben Markley
Ben Markley
University of Wyoming, Director of Jazz Studies
Ryan Van Gilder
Ryan Van Gilder
Colorado State University-Pueblo, Trombone and Assistant Director of Bands