Arizona Music News

A Publication of the Arizona Music Educators Association

August 2019

Notes from the AMEA President

Let me take this opportunity to officially welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year! Along with this new year comes some changes within AMEA. We have new officers, a new website with new festival registration forms, and a new format to the Arizona Music News. Our 2020 AMEA Conference theme is "Investigate, Innovate, Invigorate." This is going to be somewhat of a theme for the next two years. Your elected officers want you to be a proud member of your professional organization. Being a member of AMEA has several benefits beyond festival participation, possibly the most important of which is your membership in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). We hope you find the coming changes to be meaningful and appreciated.

I wish you the best for the upcoming school year. May it be filled with many wonderful musical moments!

Scott Burgener

AMEA President 2019-2021

ABODA Mentorship Program - Apply by September 13, 2019

Applications open for both mentees and mentors!

Part of the mission of the Arizona Band and Orchestra Director's Association is to offer educational support and professional development to meet the needs of our music educators in the state of Arizona. The ABODA Mentor Program is open to all 1st-3rd year teachers, as well as teachers new to Arizona. Our goal is to pair young and new teachers with experienced Arizona music educators who can lead them professionally to meet the needs of their students. Mentors must have a minimum of 5 years of successful teaching in the state of Arizona. Retirees are highly encouraged to apply to be a mentor. To apply to be a mentor or mentee, please go to the ABODA website to fill out the mentor or mentee application. Applications are being accepted until September 13th, 2019.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Beth Hermanson, ABODA Board Member-at-Large and Mentor Program Coordinator, at Contributed by Beth Hermanson.

"An Arizona Celebration" Now Available for Concert Band!

Now available from Carl Fischer Music, An Arizona Celebration by Andrew Balent. This medium-easy concert band work was commissioned by the City of Glendale Summer Band to celebrate their 50th anniversary season in 2016. Dedicated to “founding conductor E. Lowell Rogers, past conductor John Faris and current conductor Ken Jaeger and the over 250 musicians who play in the band each summer”, this work focuses on the vast and colorful vistas of the Arizona desert with this vivid musical representation. A bold opening fanfare (which can be used separately) introduces a rollicking work that includes a polka treatment of the tune Westward Ho. A calm middle section, Desert Twilight, recalls images of star-filled skies over desert landscapes before ending with a triumphant march-like finale. This work was premiered on the band’s “official” 50th anniversary concert on June 23rd, 2016 with the composer in attendance. If you want a truly southwestern-style number for one of your concerts, check this one out. Contributed by Ken Jaeger.

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AMEA Presidents on the Hill

This past July, AMEA President Scott Burgener and AMEA President-Elect Darin Shryock visited Washington, DC (see pictures below) for the annual NAfME National Assembly and Hill Day. They met with staffers from the offices of several of our congresspeople, and also had the opportunity to meet Senator Kyrsten Sinema. Discussions included support for the full funding of ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) to support a well-rounded education, and the Higher Education Act.


Saturday, Aug. 17th, 8:30am-3pm

1833 West Southern Avenue

Mesa, AZ

The Arizona Assembly is held every two years (right after new officers are elected). All members who hold leadership positions should plan to attend. This includes AMEA, ACE, and ABODA officers, as well as Regional Governors, and all event chairpersons. This year, the Arizona Assembly will be held at the Mesa Community College theater building (not the performing arts center). Breakfast and lunch are provided! Plan for an informative day! Here is a link to the campus map: The theater building is on the south side of campus.

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David Waggoner, Executive Director

Scott Burgener, President