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Join us for the 2022 AMEA CONFERENCE!

We are pleased to be back in person in 2022! This year's theme is "Back to Our Future." The 2022 AMEA In-Service Conference will be held January 28-29, 2022 at the Mesa Convention Center. In this issue, you will learn a lot about the offerings at the 2022 Conference. AMEA and the constituent organizations have worked hard to put together an outstanding event for you. Peruse the conference grid and start making your selections of the sessions you would like to attend. Contact your music educator friends and encourage them to attend the conference with you. It's going to be educational and fun!

From the Desk of the President

Hard to believe we’re in December already. We’ve hit the point when we’re recovering from festivals and charging into end of semester concerts. My hope is that you’ve found a moment to take a breath, recognize that winter break is coming soon, and that you find the strength to persevere.

I ran across a greeting card recently that said, “Grateful for Yesterday, Thankful for today and Hopeful for Tomorrow.” I find myself grateful for all the yesterdays. I’m not one to live in regret. If I had made any other decision in my past, I might not be writing this article to you today or be blessed with my family, friends and career. I am certainly thankful for today... watching football with my wife and preparing our home for Friendsgiving this evening. And I am ever hopeful for tomorrow - personally, professionally, socially, politically - Polly-Anna to the end. The difference being, perhaps, is that my hope is not just a feeling.

Hope in positive psychology is an “overall perception that goals can be attained with beliefs and efforts. To hope means to have the agency and the pathways to go after the desired goals.” (Sandip Roy—a medical doctor, psychology writer, happiness researcher.)

While it may seem difficult to find the mental bandwidth to consider anything other than what’s right in front of us, I hope you will make room to consider the upcoming NAfME elections. This election includes candidates for National President-Elect, our Western Division President-Elect and a couple of issues that will be highlighted in January. It provides an opportunity for you to have input on choosing a President-Elect who will support your concerns, issues and dreams for music education.

It’s easy for us to think that a national election won’t impact our everyday teaching. I would ask that we cast aside our cynical thinking and look to the future with hope for strength and support and elect those officers whose philosophy resonates with our own. Our active participation in this and any election can have long term effects throughout our careers.

I hope you will be able to attend the candidate forum on December 5. We have been sending out messages via our social media outlets. If you are not already accessing info through Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and the AZMEA Website, please connect for the latest information on state and national updates in music education.

Hope is not just wishful thinking. It’s not simply wishing for an outcome. Hope is an action. If there is to be hope, it must come from us. If there is to be change, it must come from us. If there is to be a future full of young musicians growing into music educators, it must come from us.

Best to you and yours,


“Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.” Albert Schweitzer


Does your administrator need a little "nudge" to allow you to attend the conference? Here you can download a letter and flyer from the AMEA President that speaks to the benefits of conference attendance.

AzSGM Conference offerings

We are ecstatic with our line-up of clinicians, presenters, and performers for Conference! Come join us – participate, engage, and get empowered and energized with these amazing people!

Our headliners include

· Dr. Patrick Ware, internationally known Orff Schulwerk clinician and choral conductor,

· John Crever, Feierabend teacher trainer extraordinaire, and

· Heather Sayers Lehman, author, coach, and Well-Being Strategist

Check them out below! This promises to be an amazing conference! We can't wait to see you there! Submitted by Naomi Wilbur.

AzSGM Showcase

Put Friday, January 28th from 12:00 – 1:00 at Superstition North in your schedule to come see these two amazing ensembles perform - Mariachi Panteras de Oro from Maryvale High School under the direction of Mike Dominguez and Bomba Espartanos from Camelback High School directed by Joe Goglia! We are thrilled to feature the traditions of Mariachi and Puerto Rican percussion with these local groups

ACE Conference Offerings

Arizona Choral Educators will be offering a wide variety of sessions to help you tackle the unique challenges we are facing these days including: recruitment, retention, and rebuilding; creating more inclusive spaces; self care and avoiding burnout; and much more! We are proud to bring in John Knutsen from Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, CA and Mark Meyers from Esperanza High School in Anaheim, CA as our headliners. We are also excited to have Dr. Julian Ackerly present on vocal technique for younger students as well as the male voice with his demo group, the Tucson Boys Choir.

There will be many opportunities to expand your base and knowledge of repertoire resources. We will have several reading sessions, sponsored by JW Pepper and Popplers, as well as some interest and performance session that will expand your repertoire knowledge and resources. Dr. David Schildkret and Nathan D’Shon Meyers, along with the ASU Concert Choir, will share their experiences and resources as they sought to broaden the representation of marginalized voices in their repertoire. Finally, you will not want to miss this year’s performance session, featuring Bella Notti from Higley High School and A Capella Choir from Eastern Arizona College.

We hope you will join us for this first conference back in person. Whether you are looking to add some new tools to your choir teacher toolbox or to just recharge your batteries and find some inspiration, there is truly something for everyone, so mark your calendars! Submitted by Kristen Olds

ABODA Conference offerings

ABODA is thrilled to be involved with the in-person AMEA Conference. There will be sessions presented in all levels of the Wind and String genres. Headlining this year will be Michael Pote and Kyle Young from Carmel, Indiana, presenting concert and marching band clinics. Several of our well-known College Faculty will be featured doing clinics involving sound concepts, conducting and brass instrument innovation. Four wind ensembles and two string ensembles will be featured in three concerts. Other sessions include guitar, marching band design, and clinics covering both elementary band and orchestra topics. There will be something for everyone, so don’t miss out on joining your colleagues and gaining valuable information for your classroom. Submitted by Eric Haenfler.


We're thrilled about the quality sessions that will be offered for the 2022 collegiate track sessions! Once again, we will be hosting a poster research session. The session is available to all attendees and is sure to offer relevant and informative information to attendees. Other sessions will cover a variety of topics that will be useful to future music educators and veteran teachers alike. Learn about inclusion strategies to help remove barriers for your students with Julie Duty (founder of United Sound). Explore the business side of running a music program with Matt Bock. Wanting to increase the representation of diversity in your classroom and music choices but aren’t sure where to begin? Learn about inclusive language practices and get ideas for lessons on cultures from around the world with Selena Ryan. For those interested in adding an audio production track to your music program you can learn about options from the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program on your campus from a panel of experienced educators and administrators. These are just a few of the collegiate track highlights. You'll be sure to enjoy all that the conference offers LIVE and in person for 2022!

AMEA Hall of Fame Awards Nominations - Due December 14

YOU have the opportunity to nominate someone who is well deserving of recognition for a job well done. Take a moment and click on the links below to review the application for each award. We should never pass up the opportunity to say "Great Job" to someone in the education field! Let's celebrate Arizona's music educators and advocates!

Winners of the awards will be recognized online during the luncheon on Saturday, January 29.

AMEA Music Educator of the Year Award - requires two recommendation letters

O.M. Hartsell Excellence in Teaching Music Award - requires two recommendation letters

George C. Wilson Leadership/Service Award - requires one recommendation letter

Raymond C. Van Diest Music Advocacy Award - requires one recommendation letter

Outstanding Administrator Award - requires one recommendation letter

William E. Richardson Retired Member Service Award - requires support info on the application

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Below is a list of vendors that have registered for the conference. If you see one or two or three that you do business with make certain you take time to say hi! Maybe reach out to them prior and even take care of some business at the conference – BRING A PO!

If you do not seem them on the list there is still time for them to register and you might be the one to give them that push that they would say yes to.

All of the vendors are still coming out of the “pandemic” and they need our support as much as we need their support for our programs to grow and be successful. Plan to spend some time with them!!!

Some of the vendors listed are helping with sponsorships so an extra thanks is always appreciated.

  • Quavered
  • AzMBA
  • Milano’s Music
  • Riverton Pianos
  • NAU
  • JW Pepper
  • Adrenaline Fundraising
  • ASU
  • DeMoulin Brothers
  • Fruhauf Uniforms
  • GCC
  • Malmark
  • Music & Arts
  • Music First
  • Stanbury Uniforms
  • String Riffs
  • The Academy
  • Ultimate Drill Book
  • Grand Canyon Fundraising
  • Uplifting Promotions
  • Zag Fundraising
  • World’s Finest Chocolate
  • Victory Fundraising
  • ADE
  • Musician Enrichment Foundation (MEF)
  • Pyle Percussion
  • Music Celebrations International
  • Educational Performance Tours
  • Conceptual Band and Orchestra Clinics
  • and more………………………………..

Submitted by Michael Miller

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