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OKLAHOMA MUSIC
Winter, 2014-15
Volume 21, No. 2
An official publication of
the
Oklahoma Music Educators
Association, a federated
state association of
National Association for
Music Education
(formerly MENC)
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NAfME and Oklahoma Music
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CONTENTS
Winter, 2014-15
TABLE OF CONTENTS
OKMEA PRESIDENT RAIBER: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
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OKMEA PAST PRESIDENT WILHELM: Thanks!
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OKMEA PRESIDENT ELECT Claussen: You Won’t Be Sorry!
10
Choral Vice–President Dawson: This Year Is Going By Too Fast!!!
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Band Vice–President Mewhorter: It’s About the Teacher
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Higher Ed Vice–President Lamb: Watershed Moments
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Elementary Vice–President Tickle: It’ll Be Great!
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OkMEA ELECTIONS FOR 2-15-201640
CONVENTION
Angela Swain, Early Childhood Chair: Early Childhood at Convention1 2
Collegiate OMEA: And They’re Off!! 14
OkMEA STATE DIRECTOR: Huffer: Important Items for the Conference 16
Orchestra Vice–President Guevara: Strings, etc. at Convention
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2015 Oklahoma Intercollegiate Honor Band, Chair Wallace
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OkMEA HONORS
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Michael Raiber
OMEA President
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
I suppose it is normal to reflect when one comes to a point
of conclusion, and with this January’s conference I will
assume the role of Past President—a conclusion of sorts. (I
hear this is a coveted position.) I often tell my students that
they must suffer through the biases of their teachers and
mine are particularly strong concerning reflection. After all,
it was the topic of my dissertation. DO NOT FEAR—this is
not a review of my research, but it was interesting to note
in the study that as teachers gained more experience they
tended to reflect less. I proposed some possible reasons
for this occurrence in the document, but as I am living out
the process, I have come to find things to be a bit different.
My recent reflections reveal many things. I reflect on
the countless hours given to OkMEA by many wonderful
people; the All-State Chairs and the executive board. All of
these people donate their time, expertise, and most importantly their caring for and support of thousands of music
students in Oklahoma. It has been an honor to witness their
dedication to do their jobs with the utmost integrity, passion,
and zeal possible. Even though our Executive Director and
Editor positions are not volunteer, both these gentlemen go
well beyond the demands of the position to ensure that music students in Oklahoma receive the best possible support
from our organization. We are blessed to have such dedicated people working for the music students in our state.
I reflect on countless teachers who give their time to
adjudicate auditions so that Oklahoma students of all ages
have the opportunity to perform in all-state ensembles. This
is no small task. Elementary and middle school teachers
are on the OCU campus until late in the evening after Fall
Conference to listen to student audition recordings in an
effort to place them in the Children’s Chorus. High school
band, choir and orchestra directors give time over a series
of weekends to host and adjudicate live auditions for all
of our high school all-state ensembles. While other states
are looking for ways to manage auditions via recordings because of the time and expense of live auditions, Oklahoma
music educators see the value in investing their time and
expertise to reward students for their dedication and hard
work.
Oklahoma music educators are special people.
This always takes me to my favorite thought and that is to
reflect on the hidden work I know is taking place in music
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classrooms all over this state. I have seen music educators
go beyond the call to simply teach music and invest in the
lives of their students. They do this in a number of extraordinary ways. These educators help children know they are
important when others make them feel insignificant. They
help children accomplish great things when others make
them feel incapable. They help children understand their
world in ways few others can, because they help them understand themselves more completely. These teachers help
students relate to other people in significant and powerful
ways because they don’t allow them to pretend to make
music, but require them to share themselves with others in
the process. In places where beauty, caring, and love are in
short supply, these educators pour it out in abundance over
their students, and refuse to accept that teachers should
not do such work. These educators work countless hours
with little regard for reward beyond the solace of knowing
they may have made a difference and a hope that their
influence will overcome the myriad of forces working to
breakdown, incapacitate, and otherwise belittle the children
for whom they care so deeply. They do this work out of
love, and there can be no more noble endeavor.
I challenge us all to stop and reflect. I think you will like
what you see, especially as you gain more experience.
[Editor’s Note] President Raiber has accepted nomination for the office of President of Southwestern Division of
NAfME. We wish him the very best in this election.
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Joe Wilhelm
OMEA Past–President
Thanks!
As I write this, my final article as a board member, I have
cause to reflect on the eight years I was granted to serve
this organization. OkMEA has proven to be invaluable to
my life as a music educator. Relationships built with other
members across our state have allowed me to grow as
an educator in many ways. My music colleagues provided
strength when I needed it the most. They worked beside
me in a joint effort as we provided opportunities for students across our state. They provided professional development that expanded my offerings as an educator. They
celebrated with me during times when my Jazz Bands
performed as honor groups, or my students were selected
to the All-State groups.
Being a member of OkMEA for thirty–three years, I never
appreciated the “behind-the-scenes” people until I served
as an officer.
That being said, I would like to extend these thank you
notes to the following people:
Jerry Huffer, you are the “energizer bunny”! I don’t know
how you do what you do, from organizing our conventions
and workshops to making each officer feel important. You
are a wonderful director for our organization and we are so
lucky to have you as our executive director.
Chuck Chapman, you have provided much wisdom to our
group and insight to our history. Your continued guidance
has caused us to evaluate and make things better for the
music educators in Oklahoma.
Cristi Miller, Mike Raiber, and Alex Claussen, you are
outstanding and I feel honored to have worked by your
side. Thank you, Cristi, for your leadership, friendship, and
for believing in me. I will always remember your wonderful
“laugh”!
Mike, thank you for your organizational skills, cognitive
thinking, and great decision–making that has improved the
organization. You still need to help me with the Dropbox.
Alex, you will be exceptional as the next OkMEA President. Our group is in for a treat with you as our leader.
Don’t forget to get those articles in on time. I won’t be
around to make you look good.
Vice-Presidents, you have gone above and beyond your
call of duty to make our conventions worthwhile by providing great clinicians and workshops. Your attention to your
events has made us stronger. Please know your hard work
does not go unnoticed.
Committee Chairs, you have a BIG job! Your organization
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skills are top-notch, and I’m glad you’re in charge and not
me. You have continued to make our honor groups some of
the best in the nation.
In retrospect, I hope each of you will take time to thank
those who have served in these leadership positions representing your teaching areas. They have given much of their
time and talents because they believe in this organization
and what it can do for the future musicians of our state.
One of the most pleasant duties I have fulfilled is facilitating
the OkMEA awards. What a pleasure it is to notify the most
deserving candidates of their selection. This year’s award
winners are listed in this issue of Oklahoma Music. This
is an outstanding offering of our organization. I urge you
to continue to nominate outstanding members for these
awards.
Once again, we have a wonderful slate of nominees for
officers for the future board. I strongly advocate service on
the executive board. If you are ever asked to allow your
name to be entered in nomination, please consider it. It has
been such a rewarding experience.
Finally, I appreciate all of you, OkMEA members, for your
belief in me as your leader. I have grown so much from this
experience and have found lasting friendships in the process. It has been a delightful time in my life and career.
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You Won’t Be Sorry!
Make plans now to attend the OkMEA Winter Conference
and you won’t be sorry! Your OkMEA Executive Board is
continuing to tweak our upcoming conference to provide
you with the best professional experience possible. Whether you plan to catch a concert by the world–renowned
Canadian Brass, take in a clinic to strengthen your pedagogical skills, or are looking most forward to grabbing lunch
with a colleague who teaches on the other side of the state,
it is sure to be a great experience.
Many music teachers hesitate to take time off in January
due to upcoming performances and responsibilities, but in
my opinion, you can’t afford not to go! Take advantage of
the pre–registration option and start communicating with
your school personnel now. Line up a great sub or trusted parent volunteer to cover your classes and be sure to
reserve a school vehicle. Take the time to educate your
administration on the benefits of your attendance so they
may support your attendance.
We have a great slate of officer nominees, so please
check out their bios and make your voice heard by exercising your right to vote. I am quite excited to work with many
of these wonderful educators over the next two years as we
continue to improve the state of music education in Oklahoma.
Michael Raiber has been a true champion of music education while serving as president of OkMEA, and I feel truly
blessed to have had the opportunity to work with him and
learn from him. Thanks for all you do for us!
Canyon Ridge Honor Choir
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Durant HS Varsity Mixed Chorus
Bartlesville HS Symphonic Orchestra
Above: Guthrie HS Concert Choir
Left: Canterbury Youth Choruses
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Mary Beth Nelson
First Place, 2014 Crescendo International Music Award
People’s Choice, 2014 Crescendo International Music Award
Audience Choice Winner, 2014 Lois Alba Aria Competition
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Joan Wright is Featured Clinician for
Early Childhood Session in January
Joan Wright is a music educator in her twenty–fifth year
of teaching. She currently teaches at Northwest Heights
Elementary in Durant, OK. She has taught all grade levels
from pre-K through high school choir. She is a two-time
Teacher of the Year. Joan has also taught children’s choirs
at church for over thirty years. Besides teaching, she
enjoys spending time with her family. Wright has recently
published a set of books aimed to teach children about
music. Book 1 uses characters with names such as Melody and Harmony, to introduce basic musical elements to
elementary children.
This series, The Musical Stories of Melody the Marvelous Musician, enables the teacher to introduce musical
elements while integrating literature into the classroom.
In book 2, Melody and Dr. Beatnik talk about beat and
rhythm. And Book 3, Melody and her Uncle Prestissimo
(a race car driver) talk about tempo and tempo terms. This
volume was released last month. During our workshop,
Joan, along with illustrator Christy Mullens will share more
about their book series The Musical Stories of Melody
the Marvelous Musician, as well as share from Joan’s
wealth of knowledge as an early childhood music teacher.
Both Wright and Mullens are available for author visits and
music workshops.
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Joan Wright, Early Childhood Clinician
Angela Swain, Early Childhood Chair
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Collegiate OMEA
Mikela Connella
President
And They’re Off!!
The next generation of Music Educators is making
a difference!
National NAfME Conference. To that end, we have begun
fund–raising efforts through sales of an OkMEA shirt that
was unveiled at the October Conference.
Our goal is two–fold. First, we hope to create a unity
among all future music educators, and also to begin funding a scholarship program to assist our members to travel
and experience what’s happing in music education on a
national level.
Please note our many sessions at the January Convention. Our general business meeting is set for Friday, January 23, where we again will look toward our future. We will
elect officers and discuss important decisions concerning
our organization’s future sessions and goals.
To close our portion of the day, we will be hosting Networking with our Future Colleagues session at Baxter’s Interurban at 5:00 PM.
Applications to stand for a state COMEA office are available through each university sponsor, or you can email
[email protected]
Look forward to the January conference—and beyond.
OMEA
Our future music educators had an amazing turnout at the
NAfME
Fall Conference. As everyone gathered, we realized that
the vast majority of collegiate chapters of COMEA from
throughout the state are enjoying a tremendously busy and
meaningful semester while preparing the next generation of
music educators. These chapters are making a difference
not only in their respective schools, but respective cities
and regions as well.
Many of our collegiate chapters across the state are Currently very active, and assisting various school programs in
many ways. Providing lessons and master classes, giving
clinics, and simply being available to assist teachers and at
the same time—learning.
Our next generation of teachers is, indeed, looking toward
the future, and is making immediate contributions to music
education.
We look forward to the OkMEA Convention, when our
organization is proud to host the current teacher of the
year, Peter Markes. Through this past year, Markes has
Mark Mueller, State COMEA Adviser
traveled to numerous classrooms throughout the state and
through that time, has taken note of numerous outstanding
teachers, and some great things they are doing in their
classrooms. He has valuable information that will benefit
anyone’s classroom immediately and in the future. He will
share what he has discovered in a session, Lessons from
the Good Book.
Our collegiate chapters are continually looking for ways
Konowa HS Band
to further expand their scope and reach. One of our
immediate goals is the inclusion of our organization in the
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University of Central Oklahoma “Central Sound”
Student Brass Quintet - Clinic with the Canadian
Brass
Thursday, January 22, 1:00 pm, Cox Business Center, Assembly Hall
Ted Honea - The History of Music Education and
Advocacy: Endless Vamping on a Tired Tune
Thursday, January 22, 4:00 pm, Double Tree Hotel, Remington Room
UCO Jazz Ensemble I Honor Group Performance
Thursday, January 22, 9:00 pm, Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
UCO Reception for Alumni and Friends of the
School of Music
Friday, January 23, 6:00-7:00 pm, Double Tree Hotel, 2nd Floor
Ballroom
UCO Wind Symphony Honor Group Performance
Friday, January 23, 8:30 pm, Tulsa PAC, Chapman Hall
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Jerry Huffer
OMEA State Director
Important Items for the January Conference
Preregistration for the January In-Service Conference is
available on–line using credit and debit cards. There is a
link for preregistration at www.okmea.org. Make sure you
preregister by January 5, 2015. For on–line registration,
use Visa, Mastercard or Discover. To preregister by check
or purchase order number, mail the OKMEA remittance envelope to: OKMEA Registration, 636 S. Bacone St, Muskogee, OK 74403. Each member has received a registration
envelope by mail.
Past Presidents and Retired Teachers have a complimentary luncheon Thursday, January 22, at 12:00 noon.
You must reserve a table by email with Janis Dawson at
[email protected] or check the reservation box on the
remittance envelope you received in the mail. Oklahoma
Jazz Educators will also have a complimentary breakfast
(by reservation) on Friday, January 23, at 7:00 am. Make
reservations by remittance envelope.
Our Keynote speaker this year, Nola Jones, is Coordinator of Music and the Visual Arts in the Nashville Metro
Schools. She has enjoyed a successful career as both a
middle school and high school director consistently receiving superior ratings in marching, sight–reading and concert
appearances. She continues to maintain an active schedule
as guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician throughout
the United States, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and
Singapore.
The Opening General Session of this Seventy–Third Conference will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, in the Assembly
Hall, and features the well-known Canadian Brass. There
will be limited seating and you will not want to be standing
in line to register during their performance. So preregister
and arrive early! Non-registered guests planning to attend
the Canadian Brass Concert may purchase a $25.00 ticket
at the conference registration booth or door. This will also
allow attendance at other $5.00 Honor Concert venues.
There are two additional venues for the 2015 conference.
(1) The Tulsa Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 East First Street, will
be the location for both the Thursday Night Honor Jazz
Ensemble Concert at 8:00 PM and the All-State Honor
Jazz Ensemble Concert at 10:30 AM on Saturday morning.
Parking will be in the front parking lot just south of the Hall
of Fame. Ticket price for both concerts is $5.00 per person.
(Little and cute do not pay).
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(2) Trinity Episcopal Church, 501 S Cincinnati, will be the
location of the 7:30 PM Honor Choral Concert on Thursday,
January 22. The Friday evening choral concerts will be at
the Holy Family Cathedral, 820 South Boulder. All Honor Concert performances, other than PAC, have a $5.00
admission fee. Tickets for the Friday evening PAC Honor
Band Concert and the Saturday PAC All-State Concerts are
$15.00 when purchased at the door. OkMEA members and
non–members who have registered for the convention will
not be charged for Honor or All-State Concerts.
As in the past, the Downtown DoubleTree Hotel will be
Conference Hotel. Guests can access the discounted
group rate of $107.00 on-line by the following directions:
(1) complete the dates and preferences section (2) click
on ‘add special rate codes’ (3) Enter OME in the group
code section then click Check Availability (4) A confirmation
number will be emailed upon completion. Guests that prefer
to make reservations by phone may call 1-800-838-7914
and provide the group code, OME, to receive discounted
group rate of $107. Back-up hotels with conference shuttle
connections include the Hyatt Regency, 918.582.9000; the
Downtown Marriott Courtyard, 918.508.7400 and the Fairfield Inn in the Brady District, 918.879.1800. When you call,
request the OkMEA Group Rate.
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Anne Dawson
Vice–President
Vocal Division
THIS YEAR IS GOING BY TOO FAST!!!
I can’t believe October and November have come and
gone already and second semester is upon us! Where does
the time go?
I’m sure you’re making plans to attend January’s OkMEA
In–Service Conference in Tulsa, and I know that it will
inspire and uplift you! On Thursday afternoon we will have
two sessions from Dr. Christian Grases, from USC’s Thornton School of Music. He will present sessions on multicultural choral music for junior high and high school.
We will start bright and early Friday morning with a Music
your voice to be heard, you need to attend!
Technology session presented by Rebecca Lowery of RoI look forward to seeing you all in January!
meo Music. She will also give a session Friday afternoon,
All About Wireless, in which she’ll bring us up to date on
OMEA
new innovations in wireless technology in the classroom!
NAfME
Mary Lynn Lightfoot will have two sessions on Friday: Here
Comes Treble!, a reading session of two-part and SSA
voicings for middle school through high school choirs, and
Suitable Solutions for Smaller Choirs, a session that will explore repertoire for smaller to medium-sized middle school
and high school choirs. I know you won’t want to miss that!
Thank you for sending in so many honor choir applications
this year! Our committees had their work cut out for them,
and we have two great evenings of concerts planned!
Please note that Thursday evening’s honor groups will perform at Trinity Episcopal Church, beginning with Canterbury
Youth Chorus at 7:30 PM, followed by Southwest Covenant
High School Varsity Chorus, Oklahoma City University
Chamber Choir, and the University of Tulsa Cappella
Chamber Singers.
Friday evening’s concerts will return to Holy Family
Cathedral, beginning at 7:45 with Durant High School
Varsity Mixed Choir, Guthrie High School Concert Choir,
Christian Grases, Choral Clinician
Southmoore High School Combined Women’s Chorale and
Oklahoma State University Concert Chorale. Please plan to
The University of Central Oklahoma School of
Music is proud to announce the addition of these
attend all of these fine concerts!
outstanding musicians to our Wind Faculty:
Last year’s choral director’s reception on Thursday evening following the Holy Family Cathedral concerts was a big
KaDee Bramlett, oboe
hit, and I hope you will stop by again this year. It is a time of
Dr. Margaret Moran, horn
fellowship and laughter, and is located in the Hyatt RegenPaul Nesper, tuba and euphonium
cy Hotel, on one of the upper floors (check your program).
Dr. Ryan Sharp, trumpet
Finally, thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as
your vice–president for the past two years. It has been a
truly rewarding experience, and it has been my pleasure to
be your voice on the executive board. Remember, the vocal
SCHOOL OF MUSIC
business meeting Saturday morning at 8:30. If you want
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA
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Adam Mewhorter
Vice–President
Band Division
It’s About the Teacher
My mind was wandering one morning thinking about which
favorite Tulsa area restaurant I would be eating lunch at
that day, when my tranquility was quickly interrupted—
“It’s not about the students—it’s about the teacher.”
My mind quickly regained consciousness—What a bold
statement! And one that I was not sure I agreed with.
Suddenly I remember that I am sitting in a clinic session
designed to make me a better teacher and not to provide
lunch suggestions. The speaker continued—
Show me a band program with the exact
same challenges that you believe cause
you to not be as successful as others and
I will find you a teacher somewhere in the
country with the exact same challenges
who is achieving excellence every day.
Wow—that pierced the heart. He continued—
You see, for years I thought it was all
about the student, that the success and
failures of band programs are a direct
result of the situations their students
mainly parent support, finances, and other
variables—but after seeing thousands of
classrooms across the country, I am completely convinced that the teacher is the
sole reason that kids achieve excellence
or fall short.
I feel my mind begin to completely try to disprove the
entire hypothesis. I have been the first to utter words such
as, “We cannot be as good as another band because they
have more money, more kids, more directors, a bigger
band room, more supportive parents, fewer wisdom teeth
extractions, etc.”
I taught in small 2A school where I was certain that the
big schools “had most of their kids in private lessons,” and
I have taught at a large 6A school where, after discovering
I still did not have many kids in private lessons, I became
convinced that the few larger schools must “have a budget
to put all their kids in private lessons and can buy really big
props too.”
Here I am championing the notion that my success was
essentially the result of the situation I am in and he was advocating the notion that in fact, I am indeed solely responsible for the success or failures of my students. Talk about a
mind shift—
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This semester his words have hauntingly come into my
mind many times and I find myself more convinced that he
is right. It truly is about the teacher, especially considering
that the teacher is the only person in the room that can
cause music learning to take place. Our students certainly
have the choice as to rather they will accept what we are
teaching—but on the other hand—we as teachers have
the responsibility to nurture an environment that not only
makes student acceptance possible, we make student
acceptance probable.
Perhaps that is what all these master teachers have
figured out that we all have a simple choice, we can get
mired down in all these reasons we cannot be successful,
or we can simply understand and accept our situation, put
the work necessary into overcoming our challenges, and
always make sure our students are indeed learning. Sure,
some challenges feel almost impossible to overcome,
schedule issues, budget issues, and that crazy momma
lurking around the corner. But at the end of the day, we all
have a classroom filled with 1 to 400 students, and a teacher who should want to see them learn. The more time I
spend focused on this fact, the better my students will learn
to create memorable musical moments.
Remember, the OkMEA convention serves as more than
a music social event. The convention provides a number of
informative sessions that may challenge your thoughts as
well. We have a great line up of remarkable educators with
years of experience creating the finest student musicians in
a variety of budgets, classrooms, and situation. Make sure
you check it out!
It has been an honor to serve you—the band directors
across the state of Oklahoma. You are a true inspiration to
your students and communities. Thank you for trusting me
with such an honor and best of luck in your future musical
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Ann Guevara
Vice–President
Orchestra Division
Strings, etc. at January Convention
Hello Friends, I am refreshed and excited for the January
Oklahoma Music Educators Convention, and hope you
plan to attend. Your Board has been working diligently to
provide a variety of professional development experiences
and to present excellent honor concerts for your listening
pleasure.
The orchestra concert will feature three outstanding
groups on Friday night. The Bartlesville High School
Symphonic Orchestra, under the direction of Rhonda
Carr, The Ponca City High School Symphony Strings,
under the direction of Dan Larson, and the University of
Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Richard Wagner will be our featured honor groups.
Dr. Kirk Moss will present orchestra professional development sessions. Moss serves as Music Department Chair
and Associate Professor at the University of Northwestern,
in St. Paul. He is a past National President of the American String Teachers Association, thrice chaired the ASTA
National Orchestra Festival, and served on the ASTA
Executive Board. He has appeared as a guest conductor,
clinician, or adjudicator in more than thirty–five states.
The University of Florida School of Music awarded him
the Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award, and he has
received five ASTA National Citations for Leadership and
Merit. He has written several string arrangements and coauthored two method books.
Moss will present sessions on Musical Advocacy, Expressive Conducting, Middle School String Techniques, and
Keeping the “Fun” in Fundamentals.
Bring your instrument to all sessions so that you can actively participate in these dynamic sessions. Our sessions
will also include a reading session of the new publications
from the Alfred and Highland-Etling catalog.
ASTA will have an informal luncheon at the Inter-Urban at
noon on Thursday. Just show up – you don’t have to be a
member to attend. This is just for fun and fellowship with
our colleagues.
Thank you, Peter Markes, for sharing your adventures
with us at the October convention. We gained insight to the
outstanding teaching techniques of our very own Oklahoma educators. Thanks to Pender’s music for allowing us to
read new music on our OSSAA contest list. I hope this was
valuable for each of you. Finally, thank you for allowing me
to serve as your Orchestra Vice President for the past two
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years. I have enjoyed this office and appreciate each one of
you as valuable members of this greatest profession.
See you soon!
OMEA
NAfME
The Department of Music
at Southeastern Oklahoma
State University is pleased
to announce the addition of
Dr. Joshua Nannestad to our
music education faculty. Dr.
Nannestad joins us with a
B.M.E. from St. Olaf College,
M.M.E. from Gordon College,
and a D.M.A. from Boston
University.
Dr. Joshua Nannestad
Assistant Professor of
Choral Music Education
Degrees offered:
• Bachelor of Music Education
• Bachelor of Music in Performance
Dr. Jeri Walker
• Bachelor of Arts in Music
Donna Massey Professor
of Music Education
For more information, please contact:
Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Department of Music 580.745.2088
[email protected] http://www.hompeages.se.edu/music
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Oklahoma State University
A Tradition of Excellence in Choral Music
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Music Education
Vocal Performance
Concert Chorale
University Singers
Chamber Choir
Spirit of OSU Jazz Choir
Cantamus
Statesmen
Empowering future music educators
through innovation and performance
2014-2015 Season Highlights
Handel’s Messiah
Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors
Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms
Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances
Dr. Z. Randall Stroope, Director of Choral Studies
Visit sing.okstate.edu
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Brian Lamb
Vice–President
Higher Education
Watershed Moments Will Define Your Career
I have a confession to make: I haven’t always been a good
teacher. Now upon reading that, one might assume that
I think I’m a good teacher now, and I do think I’m getting
better. But I don’t think I’m improving because I’ve finally
achieved the skills of a master teacher or pedagogue, or
because of my twenty–five years of classroom experience.
I think I’m getting better at teaching because I’m humbled
by the awesome responsibility of it. I approach every class
now with the realization that I hold my students’ sense of
accomplishment and self–esteem in my hands, and that I
have, in every rehearsal, the opportunity to either inspire
was to say, “this is what we’ll learn in this class,” and “this is
them to want to play better, grow as musicians and learnwhy this class is important.”
ers, and fall in love with music, or I have the opportunity to
Instead, I was sobered by the thought of what my students
inhibit their musical development and make them wish they and colleagues would say about me when my career was
were anywhere else but in my class (sincere apologies to
over. There wasn’t much solace in knowing they would
former students who remember me this way).
comment on my musicianship, high standards, and the
Unfortunately, I haven’t always realized the awesome
fact that I had shaped some masterful performances. I
responsibility associated with teaching. For many years,
was overwhelmed with the realization that not many would
my vision was blinded by the fact that I’m a good musibe able to say that I had shaped lives. And that was the
cian. Being confident in my musical abilities and my conwatershed moment that changed me as a teacher, humbled
ducting skills made me think that I was automatically a
me in this profession, and inspired me to do something
good teacher. But that is simply not the case. My desire to
differently.
be recognized by others as a good band director, to win
Music conventions like this one are a great way to meet
sweepstakes awards, and to develop a reputation as one
truly inspiring and masterful teachers. There will be many
who built great performing groups at every level kept me
sessions that provide you with wonderful new approachfrom realizing my true responsibility as a music teacher.
es and pedagogic insights. You will hear some masterful
I remember the watershed moment that led to my true
performances from sincere little souls that have practiced
conversion. I had already won sweepstakes awards and
and worked hard to get here. And many of the student
had honor bands perform at state conventions. And I had
performers at this convention will be standing in our shoes
already had a few watershed moments in my career.
as members of this beautiful profession in just a few short
One of the first of those light bulb moments happened
years. What will students and colleagues say about you at
when my first child was born, and I realized how special ev- the end of your career? Let the watershed moments begin!
ery one of my students was to his parents. The next epiphHave a great convention, and reap the rewards and blessany happened a few years later, when I watched one of my
ings of this amazing opportunity that we share as music
young high school students beaten and scolded publicly
teachers!
in the school parking lot in front of all of her friends, and
I realized that not all my students were as special to their
parents as they deserved to be. But the real transformative
watershed moment happened well into my career. At the
beginning of a Secondary Methods class one fall just a
few years ago, I thought it would be interesting to start the
year with a group activity that would set the tone for how to
become an effective music teacher. I divided the class into
small groups and asked them to make a list of the things
that they wished their former students and colleagues
Southmoore HS Women’s Chorale
would say about them at their retirement party. My intent
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SIGNATURE
SOUNDS
OC PROVIDES A VARIETY OF ENSEMBLES
AND OPPORTUNITIES IN MUSIC.
CHOIR
University Chorale, Chamber Singers,
Collegiate Choir
MUSIC PRODUCTIONS
Fall Musical, Valentine Cabaret, Opera Scenes
PIANO
Piano Pedagogy, Chamber Music, Accompanying
STRINGS
Oklahoma Community Orchestra
(orchestra in residence),
University Chamber Orchestra
WINDS & PERCUSSION
Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Sweat Band,
Chamber Ensembles
MUSIC ACADEMY
Students teaching music to pre-college students
OC’s Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music Education
Programs are accredited by the National Association of
Schools of Music. Oklahoma Christian is an all-Steinway
School.
SCHOLARSHIP AUDITIONS:
March 6-7, 2015
Apply by February 15 at oc.edu/music
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Jona Tickle
Vice–President
Elementary Division
IT’LL BE GREAT!
As the OkMEA January conference draws nearer, I am
ever more excited to see you all there. There really is nothing like networking with other music teachers to keep your
teaching practices fresh and exciting.
In the elementary sessions this year, we have two very
different, but equally stimulating presenters who will bring
new ideas for you to use in your classroom.
James Mader will join us for three sessions on world music drumming. Even if you don’t have any experience with
the percussion we will be using, come enjoy the fun. He
will be focusing on a hands¬–on approach for beginning
elementary and middle school world music ensembles.
If you have access to any of the instruments listed below,
feel free to bring them along to add to the instruments that
we will have on hand.
(Instruments to bring to the World Music sessions: Soprano, Alto or Bass Xylophones along with mallets and High,
Medium or Low Remo Tubanos.)
On Friday, John Jacobson will be there with his high–energy presentations. We’ll read some new music, learn
some choreography and enjoy his signature wit and charm!
Come join us, but dress comfortably! It seems that where
John goes, there is movement to follow!
As always there will be rehearsals for the All–State Children’s Chorus. Drop in on them at the DoubleTree and
watch Andrea Ramsey work her magic with our kids. Their
concert will be Friday morning at 10:15 during the General
Session.
And don’t miss the Elementary Honor Groups this year!
The Yukon Middle School Academy Choir under the direction of Judy Dinkel, as well as the Canyon Ridge Honor
Choir of Mustang, under the direction of Sohailah Stout,
have some outstanding concerts prepared for you. You’ll
kick yourself if you miss either of them.
There is a not–to–be–missed performance scheduled on
Thursday, at 11:00 AM, by the Canadian Brass. They will
be playing for our Opening General Session.
Also, make plans to attend the CTSWS meeting on Thursday at 9:00 AM, and the Elementary/Middle School business meeting at 10:00 AM. Finally, don’t forget to visit the
exhibits! The exhibit hall is great place to enjoy time with
your friends, and maybe win a prize! With all of these and
other opportunities, you know it’ll be a great conference!
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Amber Mash,
Mixed Chorus
Darby Cassaday
Wind Symphony
Dustin Brown,
Jazz Ensemble
Lisa Cullison,
Women’s Chorus
Craig Amendt,
Symphonic Band
THE STARS OF THE 2015 ALL-STATE ORGANIZATIONS: THE CHAIRS
Leah McDonald,
Children’s Chorus
Sara Long,
Circle the State with Song
Lindsey Ransford,
Circle the State with Song
Angie McKenna,
Children’s Chorus
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Jana Heidebrecht,
Orchestra
Jacob Wallace,
All-Collegiate Honor Band
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MUSIC
DEPARTMENT
usao.edu/academics/major/music
SCHOLARSHIP AUDITIONS
Jan 31 and Feb 13
To make an appointment for the dates above
or any additional times
Bachelor of Arts in Music:
contact Dr. Ken Bohannon
(405) 574-1293 or [email protected]
Brass
Composition
Guitar
Percussion
Piano
Voice
Woodwinds
Teacher Certification
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The UCO School of Music is proud to announce the
addition of these accomplished music teachers to our
Instrumental Music Education Faculty:
Andrew Brooks
Percussion Techniques and Student Teacher Supervision
Steve Fraser
String Techniques and Student Teacher Supervision
Martin King
Woodwind Techniques
SCHOOL OF MUSIC
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA
John Jacobson, Elementary Clinician
Below: Oklahoma Youth Winds
Norman HS Wind Ensemble
Oklahoma Youth Winds
Mary Lynn Lightfoot
Choral Division Clinician
Above: Oklahoma City University
Chamber Choir
Right: Oklahoma State University
Concert Chorale
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Oklahoma City
University
Sarah Neely
2014 Outstanding Music Educator, OMEA
Director of Bands, Edmond Santa Fe
www.okcu.edu/music
Right: Ponca City HS Symphonic Strings
Above: SW Covenant HS Varsity Chorus
Right: University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Ensemble I
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The Bass School of Music
at
www.okmea.org
Left: Tulsa University Symphonic Orchestra
Left: University of Central
Oklahoma Wind Symphony
Above: Yukon Middle School Band
Above, Left: Yukon Middle School Chorus
Above:, Right: Tulsa University Cappella Chamber Singers
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k OMEA HONORS FOR 2015 k
2015 HALL OF FAME
Peggy Myers
Wesley Singleton
Wesley E. Singleton is a graduate of
Peggy A. Myers is a native of HanHartshorne High School. He earned
nibal, MO, where at age nine she
began studying trumpet. She moved to the Bachelor of Arts in Education deLawton and continued to study private- gree at Southeastern Oklahoma State
University.
ly. After graduating from Lawton High,
Singleton began his teaching career
she attended the University of Housin 1989, in Lone Grove, Oklahoma,
ton, where she earned the Bachelor
with a K-12 assignment. The school
of Music Degree. While studying in
and department grew to include adHouston, she gave private lessons in
ditional faculty, allowing him to serve
surrounding communities.
Myers began her public school teach- solely as the high school director. He
ing career in Lawton, where she taught spent nineteen years at Lone Grove,
beginning band and elementary music. and was named district Teacher of the
Year in 2002. He then spent five years
She also served as principal trumpet
in the Bartlesville ISD as Senior High
with the Wichita Falls Symphony.
Choral Director, Vocal Music SuperAfter one year of teaching in Lawton,
visor, and District Fine Arts Chair.
she was hired as the assistant high
He also taught Advanced Placement
school band director in LaMarque,
Music Theory. For the last two years,
Texas.
Wesley has served as choral director
Two years later she returned to
for Edmond Memorial High School.
Lawton as the band director at TomSingleton has been a member of
linson Junior High School, where she
remained for twenty–five years. During Oklahoma Music Educators Association throughout his career. In 1999,
this tenure, she earned the Master of
he was elected Vocal Vice PresiMusic Education degree from Southdent, after serving on the All-OkMEA
western Oklahoma State University.
Chorus Committee. He was chosen
Throughout these years at Tomlinson,
as President-Elect in 2005, assuming
her band consistently received supethe role of President in 2007. Wesley
rior ratings in marching, concert, and
has served on several committees for
sight-reading. The band also earned
Outstanding Achievement Awards from OkMEA since his role as Past-President ended. He will chair the OkMEA
OSSAA at district contest and was
Women’s Chorus in 2017. He also is
selected Outstanding Band at many
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Steven Walker
Steve Walker has been a music
educator for thirty–nine years, having
previously taught at Strickland Jr. High
School in Denton, TX; Richland College (of the Dallas County Community
College District); and the University
of North Texas. Walker was active as
an oratorio soloist during his tenure at
UNT, and the conducted the Denton
Community Chorus from 1978–1983.
He has been on the faculty of East
Central University since 1983, where
he is the Director of Choral Activities,
Music Department Coordinator, and an
Adolph Linscheid Distinguished Teaching Professor. He directs the University Chorale and the ECU Singers.
Walker received his undergraduate degree in music education from
Arkansas State University, Master’s
degree in music education from the
University of North Texas, and the PhD
in music education/vocal pedagogy
emphasis, from the University of North
Texas. Walker’s research regarding
the whistle register in the female voice
was published in the Journal of Voice.
He served on the faculty of the Voice
Foundation at Julliard, and as the
voice science chair for the National
Association of Teachers of Singing. He
has been active as a choral clinician
and adjudicator throughout the South.
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2015 PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR SERVICE AND ACHIEVEMENT
2015 ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR
2015 OUTSTANDING YOUNG MUSIC EDUCATOR
Ron Kuykendall
Ron Kuykendall grew up in Altus.
During those early years he began
preparing for a life in music education. While in his early college years,
he worked part-time at what was
then Southwestern Music Company
in Weatherford. The owners, former
band directors, convinced him that
the music retail industry was his
calling. In 1975 he graduated from
Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a degree in business administration. After college, Kuykendall
continued his work with Southwestern
Music until moving to the Tulsa area
in the late 1980s. He just completed
his twenty–fifth year with Saied Music
Company, where he is the band &
orchestra manager for Saied’s five
locations in Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Kuykendall served as President
of the Oklahoma Music Merchants
Association (1998-2014,) and was
inducted as an honorary member of
the Oklahoma Bandmasters in 2007.
He currently is on the Board of Directors for NASMD (Nat’l Association of
School Music Dealers. Along with his
board duties, Kuykendall has served
as a moderator and presenter at
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Dr. Keith Ballard
Dr. Keith Ballard is the superintendent
of Tulsa Public Schools, the largest
school district in Oklahoma, with
41,000 students and 7,000 employees.
Focusing on college preparedness,
Ballard is committed to cultivating
teacher talent in a performance–based
culture and providing quality learning
experiences for every student, every
day, without exception.
Ballard joined Tulsa Public Schools
as superintendent in 2008. The district
serves an urban population with a
diverse population of students providing a choice of magnet, community,
charter, and neighborhood schools,
including a high school that partners
with Tulsa Community College providing college-level courses.
During his tenure, Ballard worked to
pass the largest bond in the history
of the state, totaling $354 million. He
led the way for the district to work with
the Gates Foundation on teacher and
leader effectiveness, one of only 10
school districts selected in the US, and
he continues to successfully manage
Project Schoolhouse, an ongoing
efficiency program which addresses
Jessica Wheeler
Jessica Wheeler graduated with the
Bachelor of Music Education, vocal
emphasis from Southern Nazarene
University in 2010. She is having an
absolute blast in her fifth year teaching at Classen School of Advanced
Studies. She currently teaches middle
school choir, as well as high school
music theory. Her choirs have received
Superior Ratings every year, with over
100 students participating in multiple
honor choirs. Her Show/Jazz Choir received Best in Class and Sweepstakes
the last two years at the Western
Heights Show Choir Contest.
Jessica is currently the treasurer of
the Central Oklahoma Choral Directors Association, the Southwest Quad
Chair for the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association, and Region Chair
for Circle the State with Song. She is
also an active member in the American Choral Directors Association, the
National Association for Music Education, Oklahoma Music Educators, and
Professional Oklahoma Educators.
Jessica lives in Edmond. She has
a small private voice studio, and the
loving support of her family. One of her
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2015 EXEMPLARY TEACHERS
Mindy Bettridge
Deborah Clements is the Director of
Vocal Music at Durant High School,
and the Coordinator of Choral Music
for the Durant Public Schools for the
past seven years. Her teaching duties
include conducting six choirs and
music theory. She has a total of thirty–
three years of teaching experience,
twenty–eight years in Oklahoma, and
five in Texas.
Clements began her teaching career
in Durant in 1981, after graduating
from Southeastern Oklahoma State
University, where she earned the
Bachelor of Music Education Degree
and the Master’s in Education. She
also attended the University of Oklahoma, and has completed twenty–three
hours toward a post–Master’s degree.
She taught elementary music for one
year in the Durant ISD in 1981, before
moving up to the middle school level,
where she remained until 2002. While
at Durant Middle School, her choirs
consistently earned superior ratings at
OSSAA District contests and her women’s choir grew to 160 singers. During
her first tenure at Durant, Clements
served as the SEOSU’s All-District
Coordinator for eight years and was
the OMEA Children’s Chorus All-State
Coordinator in 2001-02. She served as
the OCDA Southeast Representative
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Mindy Bettridge is choral director at
Owasso High School. She is currently in her seventeenth year teaching
for Owasso Public Schools. She
earned the Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of
Nevada Las Vegas, and the Master
of Science in Education degree with
emphasis in Curriculum Supervision
from Oklahoma State University.
She previously taught elementary
general music in Las Vegas, Nevada,
and at Bailey Elementary School in
Owasso. She directs the Jazz Choir,
Women’s Choir, Chorale and Masters
Choir at the high school. She also
serves as vocal music supervisor for
the district.
Bettridge has been featured in
Who’s Who Among America’s
Teachers and Who’s Who Among
American Women. She is a member
of the National Association for Music
Education, American Choral Directors Association, Oklahoma Music
Educators Association, Oklahoma
Choral Directors Association and the
National Education Association.
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Judy Dinkel
Currently in her thirty-fourth year of
teaching, Judy Dinkel has been with
Yukon Public Schools since 2000, and
at Yukon Middle School Sixth Grade
Academy since 2011. Before, she
taught in a number of OKCPS schools,
including Wilson and St. James.
Performances of her groups include
the St. James Handbell Choir at the
Inaugural Prayer Service for Governor
David Walters, and her Wilson Wolf
Choir and Hand Chime Choir at the
Governor’s Mansion Christmas Open
House. In 2013, the YMS 6 Academy
Choir performed as an OMEA Honor Group. They will perform again in
2015.
Dinkel inaugurated the Yukon sixth–
grade choir program as an after school
program, when she was the music
teacher at Surrey Hills Elementary
School. After she transferred to Lakeview Middle School, the sixth–grade
choir became a pullout program at her
school, and her Surrey Hills successor
continued the after school program at
Independence Middle School.
When the two middle schools were
reorganized to become a sixth–grade
school and a seventh– eighth–grade
school, Dinkel was asked by the principals of the two existing middle schools
to develop the sixth–grade choir
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2015 EXEMPLARY TEACHERS
Eileen Ellison
Scott Hillock
Paula Kiner
Eileen Ellison retired in May, 2014,
after thirty–five years as an Oklahoma
band director. She began teaching in
Perry, spending two years as assistant
band director. She taught the next
eight years as band director in Pawnee. The Pawnee High School Band
earned Superior ratings at the district
and state contests the last three years
she was there. Ellison spent twenty–five years as the assistant director
in Stillwater, where she directed the
Stillwater Junior High eighth–grade
band. At SMS she was responsible
for seventh–grade woodwind class,
and beginning flute and reed classes.
She worked at Stillwater High School,
where she assisted with marching
band, Wind Ensemble, and Concert
Band. Since 2000, the Stillwater High
School Wind Ensemble has been
selected as an OMEA Honor group
four times.
Bands under Ellison’s direction consistently earned Superior ratings since
1985, and have been awarded the
OSSAA Sweepstakes and Outstanding Achievement Awards. Over thirty
of her woodwind students have been
selected for the Oklahoma All-State
Bands. She has been active as an
adjudicator, honor band clinician and
Scott Hillock has been Director of
Bands at Jenks High School since
2006. Before coming to Jenks, he
taught at Blanchard Public Schools
for fourteen years, where his bands
consistently earned Superior ratings
in marching, concert, and sight–reading—as well as a large number of students making region and state honor
bands, and earning superior ratings
at state solo and ensemble contests. Current duties at Jenks include
overseeing the entire band program,
directing the Wind Symphony and the
Trojan Pride Marching Band, as well
as assisting at the middle school.
Hillock was born in Lubbock, Texas,
but grew up in Oklahoma. A 1985
graduate of Elk City High School, he
holds the Bachelor of Music Education
Degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and the Master
of Music Education Degree from
Southern Methodist University, where
he was selected as the Outstanding
Graduate Student for the Meadows
School of the Arts.
In 1996 Hillock was chosen as the
Southwestern Oklahoma Band Directors Association Director of the Year
and the Blanchard Teacher of the Year.
In 1997 he was chosen as ASBDA
Paula Kiner is also a nominee for
OkMEA Office. Her biography for
both Honors and Election may be
found beginning on page #42 of this
issue.
Congratulations to her on this
honor.
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Dr. Andrea Ramsey (picture on p.
60), is a composer and conductor-teacher, She is Associate Director of Choral
Studies at the University of Colorado,
Boulder. A native of Arkansas, Ramsey
enjoys teaching and working with singers
of all ages and conducts and presents
regularly throughout the United States
and Canada. Appearances for 20142015 include events in nine states and
two provinces in Canada.
Ramsey has approximately seventy
choral works in publication.
The University of Central Oklahoma School of Music
is proud to announce the recent addition of these
outstanding musicians to our Vocal Faculty:
Dr. Barbara Caprilli
Dr. Mark Johnson
Dr. Molly Johnson
Mateja Govich
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k OMEA HONORS FOR 2015 k
2015 EXEMPLARY TEACHERS
Kevin Speakman
Denise McClurg-Kenna
Denise McClurg–Kenna has more
than thirty–five years of public school
and private teaching experience in
all phases of instrumental and vocal
music education in Oklahoma. She
recently retired from her duties at
Stillwater Public Schools as Orchestra Director, which included teaching
sixth– and seventh–grade string
classes, and assisting with the Stillwater Junior High and High School
Orchestras. During this time, the
orchestra program has grown from an
average of eighty to more than 300
string students in grades six through
twelve. In 2010, the Oklahoma Music
Educators Association selected her
seventh–grade orchestra as an Honor
Performing Group. Before coming to
Stillwater, McClurg–Kenna was Head
Band and Choir Director at Wellston
Public Schools.
She received the Bachelor of Music
Education Degree from the University
of Kansas, Master of Music Education Degree from the University of
Oklahoma, and has twenty-six college
credit hours in Educational Leadership
and Administration from Oklahoma
State University. She is certified as a
mid-level.
During her tenure as a career teacher, she has been named Teacher
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Kevin Speakman is a native of Ponca City and a graduate of the University of Arkansas, earning the Bachelor
of Science Degree in Education in
1993. He is the Director of Bands
at Pryor Junior High. He began his
career as the only band director in
Seneca, MO. He then taught middle
school bands in Shawnee, Stillwater,
Sapulpa, Plano, TX, and Skiatook
before coming to Pryor in 2013. Kevin
was selected as the Skiatook Middle
School Teacher of the Year for 2008.
Speakman was the OkMEA AllOMEA Honor Band Chair in 20012002, he was the Executive Secretary
for the North Central Band Directors
Association, and is the Beta chapter
president of the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity.
Bands under his direction consistently
earn superior ratings in concert and
sight-reading contests. Speakman
also enjoys serving as an adjudicator
and clinician.
He has been fortunate to teach with
talented and dedicated directors
throughout his career. He credits his
two great mentors, Steve Workman
and Roy Jackson, for guiding and
shaping him into the director he is
today. He is honored and humbled to
receive this award.
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Pam Turnbull
Pamela Turnbull is the Music
Specialist at Sadler Arts Academy
in Muskogee. She has taught in the
Muskogee public school system for
twenty–five years; sixteen years at
Pershing Elementary, and nine years
at Sadler Arts Academy. Pamela
received the Bachelor of Music Education Degree in vocal music from
the University of Idaho. In 1999 she
was named Building Educator of the
year at Pershing Elementary, and in
2009, she was given the same honor
at Sadler.
Pamela is the director of the Sadler
Honor Choir, and has directed four
MTI musicals presented by Sadler.
Her students participate in CTSWS
and Eastern District Honor Choir.
She has had numerous students
selected to the OMEA Children’s
All State Chorus. Pamela’s choirs
perform at the yearly Veteran’s celebrations, the Christmas village, and
the Azalea Festival of Muskogee.
Pamela is an OSU Master Gardener.
Congratulations to Mark McQuade,
OBU, on the publication of an excellent article titled, Spectrographic
Analysis, in the November/December issue of the Journal of Singing.
Oklahoma City
University
Mary Beth Nelson
First Place, 2014 Crescendo International Music Award
People’s Choice, 2014 Crescendo International Music Award
Audience Choice Winner, 2014 Lois Alba Aria Competition
Clements, continued
2001-02.
She was named the Durant ISD Teacher of the Year in
1994. She was also selected as a state finalist for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year in 1995. In 2002 she relocated to
Texas, and directed a 270–member honor choir at Levi Fry
Intermediate School in Texas City She was named Levi Fry
Teacher of the Year in 2003.
In 2007, Clements began teaching at Durant High School.
Since returning to Durant, the choir enrollment has increased and this year marks the highest enrollment in
vocal music for many years. The DHS Choir has earned
numerous OSSAA Superior ratings. Her choirs consistently
win Best in Class and Overall Best at Music Choice Events
Contests.
She has co–directed five musicals for the Durant schools.
She served as the OMEA All–State Women’s Choir Chair
in 2013. Her choir will perform at the 2015 OMEA Convention in January.
Clements serves SEOSU as adjunct voice instructor. Her
professional affiliations include POE, NAFME, OkMEA, and
OCDA/ACDA.
Dinkel, continued
program more fully, so it could become an integral part of
the standard curriculum. When YMS 6 opened in the fall of
2011, the choir had approximately 75 sixth graders divided
into two classes. This year, there are five distinct choirs at
congratulates
The Bass School of Music
at
www.okcu.edu/music
YMS 6. YMS 6 has been the hosting school for CTSWS
Region P since 2012. The YMS sixth–grade Academy Choir
has received superior ratings consistently at the Seiling
Music Festival and the Heartland Music Festival, and has
had a number of students in the OMEA All-State Children’s
Chorus, as well as in SWACDA and ACDA Honor Choirs.
She holds degrees in Pastoral Ministry and Theology from
Newman University and in Music Education from The University of Kansas.
Ellison, continued
private woodwind instructor.
Ellison mentored more than thirty student teachers from
OSU, and collaborated with OSU woodwind faculty to set
up a private lesson program and clinics with OSU faculty
OSU music students and Stillwater band students.
Ellison received the Bachelor of Music Education Degree
with honors from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, in 1977. She has been named to Who’s Who Among
American Teachers. Professional memberships include
Oklahoma Music Educators Association, Oklahoma Music
Adjudicators Association, Oklahoma Bandmasters Association, North Central Directors Association, ASBDA, and
Sigma Alpha Iota. She is also a member of Phi Beta Mu,
which she served many years as Vice–President.
Ellison currently resides in Pawnee. She thanks a long
list of colleagues and teachers for their help and support
throughout her career.
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OKMEA PRESIDENT-ELECT 2015 - 2016
JONA TICKLE
ANNE DAWSON
Anne Dawson is in her twenty-fourth year as the vocal
music director at Westmoore High School, where she
directs six performing groups (Chamber Choir, Concert
Choir, Women’s Choir, Freshman Choir, Show Choir, and
Chamber Singers), teaches Advanced Placement Music
Theory, and is a junior class sponsor. Under her direction
her choirs have received superior ratings at district, state
and national festivals and have appeared as honor groups
at OKMEA. Westmoore’s Chamber Choir has appeared
with Canterbury Choral Society and the Oklahoma City
Philharmonic in performances of Duruflé’s Requiem and
most recently Vivaldi’s Gloria.
Dawson received the Bachelor of Music Education
degree from Truman State University (formerly Northeast
Missouri State University) in Kirksville, Missouri, and a
Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the
University of Oklahoma. Prior to assuming her position at
Westmoore, she team-taught junior high and high school
vocal music with John Gerber at Weatherford Public
Schools. While in Weatherford, Miss Dawson also taught
voice at Southwestern Oklahoma State University as an adjunct voice teacher.
Dawson has adjudicated district and state music festivals
in Oklahoma and Missouri. In addition to her position at
Westmoore, she has served on the choral faculty of the
Oklahoma Arts Institute and the Canterbury Choral Society
Board of Directors. She held the office of OKMEA All-State
Mixed Chorus chairman for the 2010-2011 school year
Jona Tickle, a music teacher of twenty–four years, is currently teaching at Western Heights Intermediate Center.
She is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education. Tickle
is a National Board Certified Teacher and has served the
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as an
assessor for four years. She is proud to have served as
a CTSWS Region Coordinator on many occasions, and
was honored to serve as the CTSWS State Co–Chair in
2011, as well as the OMEA All-State Children’s Chorus
Co–Chair in 2012.
Tickle currently serves as the Elementary Vice President
for Oklahoma Music Educators, and was a 2013 recipient
of the OMEA Exemplary Teacher Award. She has served
as Arts Coordinator for Guthrie Public Schools, presented
zone meetings in Arts Education, and has been honored
to be the guest clinician for several Oklahoma Choral
Director’s All-Region Choirs as well as for several CTSWS
Region festivals. In addition to her duties as a music
teacher at Bridgestone Intermediate Center in Western
Heights School District, she is the Director of Music Ministries at the First United Methodist Church in Guthrie.
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OKMEA BAND DIVISION VICE–PRESIDENT
DARBY CASSADAY
JEFF HASTINGS
Darby Cassaday is in his eleventh year of teaching, and
second year at Deer Creek Schools. Cassaday’s responsibilities include coordinating all aspects of the Deer Creek
School District Band program and Deer Creek High School.
He directs the Deer Creek HS Antler Pride Marching Band,
conducts the Deer Creek Symphonic Band, and teaches
Beginning Flute, Trumpet, and Trombone classes at the
Intermediate School. In addition, He also assists with the
seventh and eighth Grade Bands.
Before Deer Creek, Cassaday served as Director of Bands
at Putnam City HS for three years, and was Assistant Director for six, during which the Wind Symphony was selected to perform at the OkMEA Convention and the Marching
Band was selected to represent Oklahoma in the National
Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. He has
also served as Lead Teaching Artist at the newly formed El
Sistema Oklahoma, a music education program dedicated
to serving the community by engaging children within an
ensemble-based music program so they can share the joy
of music making and grow as responsible citizens.
Cassaday is a graduate of Sapulpa HS. He earned both
the Bachelor of Music degree in Trombone Performance
and the Bachelor of Music Education in Instrumental Music
Education with an Emphasis in Jazz Studies from the University of Tulsa. He received the School of Music Faculty
Choice for Outstanding Student Award and was named
a Presser Foundation Scholar. He earned the Master of
Music Education degree in instrumental conducting from
Jeff Hastings began his tenure as a band director in Altus,
Oklahoma, in 1992. Current duties include overseeing the
band program at Altus Junior High, which includes directing
two concert bands, directing the Altus High School jazz
Band, drum line instructor for the high school, assisting with
the high school marching and concert bands, and teaching
beginning percussion at the Intermediate School. A 1986
graduate of Moore High School, Hastings holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree and Master of Music degree
from Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he
was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American
Universities and Colleges.
Hastings has been a clinician, conductor, and adjudicator
in Oklahoma and Texas. He has served as the Chair of
the OMEA All-State Honor Band, served on the Board of
Directors of the Southwestern Oklahoma Band Director’s
Association, has been their Executive Secretary since
1999, and served on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Bandmaster’s Association including a term as President
of the organization.
Hastings’ professional affiliations include National Association for Music Education, Oklahoma Music Educator’s
Association, Oklahoma Music Adjudicators Association,
Oklahoma Bandmaster’s Association, Southwestern Oklahoma Band Director’s Association, Phi Beta Mu, Oklahoma
Education Association, Altus Education Association, and he
is a life member of Kappa Kappa Psi. He also serves as a
reserve deputy Sheriff for Jackson County Sheriff’s office.
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OkMEA ELECTIONS 2015
OKMEA VOCAL DIVISION VICE–PRESIDENT
PAULA KINER
SHERMIE POTTS
Paula Kiner has been choral director at Seiling Public
Schools for twenty–four years. She conducts the High
School Chorus, Junior High Chorus, and the Fifth and Sixth
Grade Chorus. She teaches first through fourth grade
general music and directs the Color Guard for the Seiling
Band. Paula is co–director of Seiling Music Festival, which
is a two–day competition for choir, band, show choir, solos
and ensembles.
Kiner is a graduate of Northwestern Oklahoma State
University. Her first teaching job was in Helena–Goltry
Schools. During her last two years of teaching at Helena–
Goltry, she also taught first– through eighth–grade music at
Jet-Nash, as the two schools began their consolidation into
Timberlake Schools.
Kiner’s choirs have received numerous superior ratings
at OSSAA District and State Vocal Contest in concert and
sight–reading. They have also won OSSAA State Sweepstakes and the OSSAA State Outstanding Achievement
Award. Her junior high and high school choirs and show
choirs have won Outstanding Organization Awards in their
class at the Greater Southwest and Tri-State Music Festivals. They have also won Tri-State Vocal Sweepstakes
and Grand Sweepstakes. She has had many students
selected for the OkMEA Children’s All-State Chorus, OCDA
Junior High All-State Mixed and Treble Choruses, and the
OkMEA High School All-State Mixed and Women’s Chorus.
Shermie Potts, PhD, is a career choral music educator.
She is currently Choral Director at Edmond Santa Fe High
School, where she has taught for the past eighteen years.
Prior to this, she taught at Choctaw Junior High for two
years, directed middle school church choir and instructed
an after–school program for pre–school and kindergarten.
Concurrent with this experience she pursued advanced
degrees, obtaining a Master’s of Music Education from the
University of Central Oklahoma and a PhD from the University of Oklahoma.
Potts’ passion is simplifying sight–singing education to enable all singers to become musicians. She is Kodaly Level
III certified, and has developed an aural–based sight¬–
singing method for beginning and advanced choirs.
In addition to teaching traditional choral literature, Potts
revels in co–directing the annual musical at Edmond Santa
Fe High School, of which favorite past shows include Les
Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and The Pirates of Penzance.
Potts has served as the All–OMEA Women’s Chorus Chair
and currently serves on the OCDA Board as the R&S Chair
for Male Choirs.
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OKMEA ELEMENTARY DIVISION VICE–PRESIDENT
LEAH McDONALD
LEAH SAELIM
Leah McDonald teaches elementary music at Cross
Timbers Elementary, Edmond, and is Elementary Music
Facilitator for Edmond Public Schools. In addition to teaching, she also conducts the Edmond Youth Chorus under
the aegis of the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond. A graduate
of Oklahoma State University, she holds the Bachelor’s
Degree in Vocal Music Education and the Masters’ degree
in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance. She also has graduate training in Kodaly and Orff methods. She is currently
serving as Co–Chair of the 2015 All State Children’s Chorus. McDonald is the first (2007) recipient of the Oklahoma
Fine Arts Educator Award. She is 2004 Edmond Teacher of
the Year, and was finalist for 2004 Oklahoma Teacher of the
Year. She is the chair of the Great Expectations committee
at Cross Timbers, and is also active in her school’s leadership committee. Leah has served as a clinician for Circle
the State With Song, as well as various regional and church
honor choruses. She is an active church musician in both
the Lutheran and Episcopal churches.
Leah SaeLim is the choral director at Rector Johnson Middle School in Broken Bow. Leah began her college career
at Oklahoma Christian University and finished her degree
at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1994. She
has been teaching for fourteen years.
During her time at Broken Bow, Leah has had students
selected each year for Southeastern Oklahoma’s All-District Honor Choir, OkMEA All-State Children’s Chorus
and OCDA Junior High All-State Chorus. Her show choir,
Show Stoppers, has been honored to perform for a variety
of community functions. Currently, Leah is a co-chair for
Southeastern Oklahoma All-District Honor Choir, and has
been her region’s CTSWS coordinator for 3 years. In 201213, Leah served as state co–chair for OkMEA Circle the
State With Song and was a 2013–14 OkMEA All-State Children’s Chorus co-chair. She has been a guest conductor for
Circle the State with Song festivals as well as a judge for
both children’s all-state and junior high all-state honor choir
auditions. Leah serves as a worship minister and coordinator for her church and teaches private voice, piano and
pageant preparation.
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OKMEA ORCHESTRA DIVISION VICE–PRESIDENT
ANNIE DUGGAN
PETER MARKES
Annie Duggan is in her ninth year as director of the
Bethany Public Schools orchestra program. She currently
teaches fourth through twelfth grade orchestra, and directs
the all–school musical in the spring. Currently, the Bethany
orchestra program boasts over 170 students. The entire
district has 1,550 students, and ten percent of the school
population is enrolled in an orchestra class.
Duggan was the 2013 district teacher of the year for
Bethany Public Schools. She has also served as the 2014
All–State Orchestra Chair and co–chair of several of North
Central Honors Orchestra groups. Her orchestra has been
an OMEA honor group, and has also served as the demonstration group for the Sandra Dackow workshop.
She has presented workshops on technology in the classroom, directing a musical 101, and choosing song literature
for young voices. She has received over $10,000 in grants
for her programs. Duggan graduated from Oklahoma City
University with the Bachelor’s Degree in instrumental
musical education and vocal performance, and earned the
Master’s Degree in music education from the University of
Oklahoma.
She has current memberships in the National Association
for Music Education, Oklahoma Music Educators Association and the National Association of Teachers Singing.
Peter Markes is in his thirteenth year as director of orchestras at Edmond North High School, where he also
team-teaches eighth–grade orchestra at Cheyenne and
Sequoyah Middle School. Most recently, he was named
the 2014 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. During his tenure
with the Edmond North Orchestra (ENO), the orchestra has
received eleven consecutive State Sweepstakes Awards
with eight consecutive Accent Medals. In 2012, the ENO
performed at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago, and
has also been selected twice as an OkMEA Honor Organization and as National Youth Concert Performers in Carnegie Hall. In addition to his teaching duties, Mr. Markes has
served eight years as conductor of the Oklahoma Youth
Philharmonic.
As a performer, Markes plays guitar and sings with the
Kyle Dillingham and Horseshoe Road group. With Dillingham, Markes has performed and conducted master
classes in over twenty–five countries in North, Central, and
South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. In 2013, the band
was one of ten touring groups chosen as American Music
Abroad program representatives and toured for five weeks
in East Asia. In 2014, they performed as part of an Arts
Envoy program for the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia.
In 2013 Markes was selected by the National Federation of
High Schools as the Outstanding Music Educator for Oklahoma and Region VI. In 2009, he was chosen by School
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OKMEA HIGHER ED DIVISION VICE–PRESIDENT
BRIAN LAMB
Z. RANDALL STROOPE
Brian Lamb is in his fourteenth year as Director of Bands
at the University of Central Oklahoma, where he is also
the Chair of the Department of Music. During his tenure at
UCO, the Wind Symphony has performed on three Honor
Band Concerts at OMEA conventions, performed for the
College Band Directors National Association Convention,
played for a full house at Carnegie Hall, and the bands
have released three CD recordings.
Lamb began his career as a public school teacher, serving as an assistant band director at Martin High School in
Arlington, Texas. When James Bowie High School opened
in 1991, Lamb was its first band director, and he served in
that position until his doctoral residency at the University of
North Texas, where he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts
Degree in conducting. He holds the Bachelor’s degree in
Music Education from Baylor University, and the Master’s
Degree from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to his
UCO appointment, Lamb was the Director of Instrumental
Studies at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri.
Lamb has previous experience on the OMEA board,
having served for three years as the coordinator for the
Oklahoma Intercollegiate Honor Band. He is currently an
Academic Leadership Fellow through the office of Academic Affairs at UCO, and he has been elected to the UCO
Faculty Senate for four consecutive years, serving as Vice
President for two of those years. He has also served as
Randall Stroope is the Director of Choral and Vocal
Studies at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, where
he conducts the Concert Chorale and Chamber Choir,
and coordinates the undergraduate and graduate choral
conducting program. Under his direction, Concert Chorale
presents a seven-concert season each year, including
works such as Ein Deutsches Requiem (Brahms), Messiah (Handel), and Messa da Requiem (Verdi), Carmina
Burana (Orff) and others. He directed the OSU Concert
Chorale on a tour of France and England last summer and
will perform Mozart’s Coronation Mass in the spring of 2015
at Carnegie Hall.
Stroope is a composer, conductor and lecturer. He has
had recent conducting engagements at the Sopra Minerva
(Rome), American School in Singapore, Canterbury Cathedral (England), Berliner Dom (Germany), Salzburger Dom
(Austria), Notre Dame (Paris), Mormon Tabernacle Choir,
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington,
D.C.), and done music for mass at the Vatican every year
for the last five years. He has conducted in Carnegie Hall
every year since 2001. Stroope is also the Artistic Director
for an international summer music festival in Europe. He
has conducted thirty–nine all-state choirs, performed at the
MENC National Convention, and lectured at many summer
music conventions.
Stroope’s composition teachers were Cecil Effinger and
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Oklahoma Concert Band Foundation Young Artist Competition
The Oklahoma Concert Band Foundation Young Artist Competition is open to any woodwind, brass or percussion player
in the 11th or 12th grade currently enrolled in a high school or home school music program in the state of Oklahoma.
Applications must be postmarked by Monday, February 9, 2015.
Auditions will be held on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Oklahoma City University.
The winner will receive $500 and the opportunity to perform his or her solo with the Oklahoma City Symphonic Band at the April 2015 concert.
For complete information and application visit www.okcband.org.
Markes, continued
Dawson, continued
and is currently Vocal Vice President of Oklahoma Music
Educators Association. In 2013 Dawson was recognized
by OMEA as an Exemplary Teacher for the state of Oklahoma. Dawson has served as an Advanced Placement Music
Theory reader for the past twelve years, eight of those in a
position of leadership. She is a member of the National Association for Music Educators, American Choral Directors
Association, and Oklahoma Choral Directors Association.
Dawson maintains a private voice studio and is a member
of All Souls’ Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City.
Cassaday, continued
the University of Oklahoma. In 2010, on scholarship from
Education Leadership Oklahoma,
Cassaday completed National Board Certification for
Instrumental Music. He maintains a private trombone,
euphonium, and tuba studio, and is the current OkMEA AllState Band Chair.
His professional affiliations include NAfME, OkMEA,
CODA, OBA, OkJE, OMAA, NFHS Music Association, and
the International Trombone Association.
Kiner, continued
Kiner has served WOCDA, OCDA, and OkMEA in various leadership roles. She was President of WOCDA in
2003. She was selected as the 2009 WOCDA Director of
Distinction, and conducted the 2011 WOCDA Junior High
Women’s Honor Choir. She served on the OCDA Board
of Directors as the 2013–2014 NW Representative. She
served on the OkMEA All-State Mixed Chorus Committee
from 2010 to 2014, and was the 2013 Mixed Chorus Chair.
For the last two years, Kiner has served as co–chair of the
OkMEA Northwest Quadrant All-State Chorus Auditions.
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Band and Orchestra magazine as the Oklahoma representative for the nation’s 50 Directors Who Make a Difference.
Markes has been honored three times by former students
as their Teacher of Honor at the Oklahoma Academic AllState Celebration of Excellence.
Markes serves as past–president for the North Central
Honor Orchestra, president for the American String Teachers Association Oklahoma chapter, and has twice chaired
the OkMEA All–State Orchestra. Additional professional
memberships include the National Association for Music
Education, National Education Association, Parent Teacher
Association, Oklahoma City Orchestra League, and the
National Network of State Teachers of the Year.
Lamb, continued
College of Fine Arts representative to the UCO American
Association of University Professors Executive Board.
Recognized on the UCO campus for his commitment to
excellence in classroom teaching, Lamb has been invited
to present at conferences on Transformative Learning and
at conferences focused on grant writing, and mentoring
students in Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activities.
He has been the recipient of numerous on and off-campus
grants, providing funds for creative performances, guest
composer residencies, recording projects, curriculum redesigns, and improved library holdings in the area of music
education.
Lamb has been an active member on the Teacher Education Faculty Committee, serving during national accreditations, and currently participating in efforts to align the
curriculum with new Common Core Standards and assessment, which will play a major role in shaping our profession
over the next several years.
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Oklahoma City
University
congratulates
The Bass School of Music
at
Jamie Whitmarsh
Composer/Percussionist, 2014 Carnegie Hall Debut
Stroope, continued
Normand Lockwood. He has published 125 choral works,
performed by many national and international ensembles.
Stroope’s awards include Distinguished Professor of Creative and Scholarly Research (1995–2001), the Douglas R.
McEwen Award for National Choral Excellence, Nebraska
Choral Director of the Year, Doug and Nickie Burns Endowed Chair in Choral Music (2014-2015), and the Oklahoma State University Distinguished Research Award (20132014).
Myers, continued
www.okcu.edu/music
ciation. She is honored to be a member of the Oklahoma
Bandmasters Hall of Fame.
Myers is a member of OBA, OREA and CCREA.
Singleton, continued
an active member in Oklahoma Choral Directors Association. He served that organization as High School Repertoire
and Standards Representative for four years.
Under his direction, choirs from Lone Grove, Bartlesville,
and Edmond Memorial have consistently earned the OSSAA Sweepstakes Award. His choirs have been featured
three times as honor groups at the OkMEA Convention.
Students from his program have been selected to the
All-OkMEA and All-OCDA choruses yearly since 1995.
Many of his students are now currently teaching in Oklahoma or studying music education at universities across the
state.
Singleton is a frequent guest conductor for many district, regional and all-city choral festivals. He has been an
instructor at the Southwestern Oklahoma State University
and Oklahoma Wesleyan University choral camps.
festivals in Oklahoma and Texas.
The Tomlinson band was twice selected and performed as
an OMEA Honor group.
Their performances led to one adjudicator to write, “Another fine performance in the Tomlinson Tradition.” “Tomlinson
Tradition” is now the motto for Tomlinson Junior High.
Following retirement from Oklahoma, Myers was hired as
assistant high school band director at Odessa High School
in Odessa, Texas.
She is highly regarded as both a clinician and an adjudicator. She acknowledges and appreciates the influence and
support of her many colleagues and mentors.
In 1990 she was selected as the Outstanding Band Director by the Southwestern Oklahoma Band Directors AssoOKLAHOMA MUSIC: Winter, 2014–15
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73rd
Winter
Conference
VENUES
AND
LODGING
Downtown
DoubleTree Hotel
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Tulsa Conference
Center
The Marriott Hotel
Courtyard Downtown
Fairfield Inn,
Downtown
Trinity Episcopal
Church
January 21-24,
2015
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Holy Family
Cathedral
Jazz Hall of Fame
An official OkMEA badge or a one-time admission ticket is required for
entrance to all events.
Information at www.okmea.org.
PREREGISTER ON-LINE: LINK AT: www.okmea.org
PREREGISTRATION FEES
OMEA Member . ......................................................................................................... $79.00
Non-Member............................................................................................................ $109.00
First-Year Teacher ...................................................................................................... $39.00
Retired OkMEA Member ............................................................................................ $39.00
Associate Member ................................................................................................... $109.00
Collegiate Member ..................................................................................................... $39.00
Guest . ....................................................................................................................... $39.00
ON–SITE REGISTRATION FEES
OMEA Member........................................................................................................... $94.00
Non-Member............................................................................................................ $119.00
First-Year Teacher ...................................................................................................... $44.00
Retired OkMEA Member ............................................................................................ $44.00
Associate Member ................................................................................................... $119.00
Collegiate Member ..................................................................................................... $44.00
Guest . ........................................................................................................................ $44.00
Last date for preregistration: January 5, 2015
Notice: This schedule is a draft. Please refer to the official program at the convention
for up-to-date information. Items on this posting are subject to change.
The Seventy–Third Annual
In–Service Conference of
The Oklahoma Music Educators
Association
January 21 - 24, 2015
(Please note that this is a DRAFT program, and there will be minor changes of venue and time. Consult the web site for later changes
and updates: www.okmea.org
Wear your badge for admittance to
all convention events.
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WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
January 21, 2015
Noon – 1:00
OKMEA ALL-STATE CHILDREN’S
CHORUS REGISTRATION
(DoubleTree Hotel, Council Oak Room Foyer)
11:00–11:50 AM
OPENING
CONCERT
CANADIAN BRASS
(Tulsa Convention Center Assembly Hall)
Noon–1:00
INTERCOLLEGIATE BAND REGISTRATION
(DoubleTree Hotel International Ballroom)
NOON–2:00 PM
OkMEA ALL-STATE HIGH SCHOOL CHAIRS LUNCH
Williams Cafe
Meet at the Hyatt Regency Second Street lobby
WEDNESDAY EVENING
January 21, 2015
6:00–7:30 PM
OkMEA EXECUTIVE BOARD DINNER
Doubletree Hotel, Private Dining room
8:00–9:00 PM
OIHB/DBDNA MEETING
DoubleTree , Remington Room
8:00–10:00 PM
COMBINED EXECUTIVE BOARD AND
CHAIRS MEETING
THURSDAY AFTERNOON
January 22, 2015
Noon–12:50 PM
PAST–PRESIDENTS AND
RETIRED MUSIC TEACHERS
LUNCHEON
DoubleTree, Remington Room
Noon–1:50 PM
OBA Executive Board Lunch Meeting
DoubleTree, Second Floor Ballroom
Noon –6:00 PM
VISIT THE EXHIBITS
Tulsa Convention Center
$$$$$ Prizes
1:00–1:50 PM
Canadian Brass Clinic
2:00–2:50
ORCHESTRA SESSION
DoubleTree, Regency Board Room
The best defense is a good offense: Advocacy, Political
Savvy, and Lobbying
THURSDAY MORNING
January 22, 2015
DoubleTree–Coventry
Kirk Moss
2:00–2:50
CHORAL SESSION
8:00–Noon
Choral latitudes at your fingertips, Part 1
Tulsa Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A
Tulsa Convention Center, Conference Hall A
EXHIBITOR’S REGISTRATION
9:00–5:00
OkMEA REGISTRATION
Christian Grases
2:00–2:50
Tulsa Convention Center Lobby of Conference Room A
INTERCOLLEGIATE HONOR BAND CONCERT
9:00–9:50 AM
Eugene Corporon, Conductor
CTSWS Region Coordinators Meeting
DoubleTree, Gilcrease Room
10–10:560
MS/Elem Business Meeting
DoubleTree, Gilcrease Room
DoubleTree, International Ballroom
2:00–2:50 PM
HOW TO ENTER AN OSSAA CONTEST
DoubleTree, Philbrook room
Mike Plunkett
2:00–2:50
ELEMENTARY TEACHERS
VISIT THE EXHIBITS
Tulsa Convention Center
Composer / Arranger
3:00–3:50 PM
ORCHESTRA SESSION
Marching Band - Indoor Percussion Winter Guard
Expressive Conducting: Gesture
rehab for busy students and teachers
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813-689-6066
DoubleTree, Coventry–Westminster
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Oklahoma City
University
congratulates
The Bass School of Music
at
Meredith Cook Zigler
2014 Teacher of the Year, Oklahoma City Public Schools
Walker, continued
Walker has conducted numerous all–region high school
and junior high school choirs, as well as judged choral contests on the district and state levels. The University Chorale
has been invited numerous times to perform for the Oklahoma Music Educator’s State Convention, most recently
in 2012. The Chorale performed in Washington, D.C., in
December of 2013, and are making plans to compete in an
international competition in Europe in 2015/2016.
Walker is a member of the Oklahoma Music Educators
Association and the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association. He was chosen as an Exemplary Teacher by the
OKMEA at last year’s state convention. He has served as
an OSSAA District Vocal Contest manager for twenty–nine
years.
Kuykendall, continued
their national conventions. At present he’s also an advisory
board member of one of the leading music industry groups.
At Saied’s he’s pro-active in supporting the directors, educators, and students in this state. Kuykendall has initiated
the Saied’s ‘Survivor’ Workshop series, which focuses on
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mentoring young directors and music education majors in
this state. He also organizes and hosts All–State clinics to
give aspiring All–State students an opportunity to achieve
their goals with the aid of professional, private and college
instrumental instructors.
He is indebted for the opportunities and support afforded
him by Bob Saied, President of Saied Music Company.
Finally, He is deeply grateful and, again, humbled for not
only his business relationships but the long-lasting friendships that have developed and endured over the forty–plus
years with Oklahoma’s music educators, his music family!
Hillock, continued
Young Band Director of the Year for the State of Oklahoma,
and in 1999 he received the Citation of Excellence from the
National Band Directors Association. In 2002, Hillock was
selected as Runner-Up for the VFW’s Oklahoma Teacher of
the Year, and in 2006 was named the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association Director of the Year.
Hillock is active as a clinician, conductor, and adjudicator
throughout the state. Professional affiliations include Kappa
Kappa Psi, Oklahoma Bandmasters Association, Music Education National Conference, Oklahoma Music Adjudicators
Association, and Phi Beta Mu.
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3:00–3:50 PM
Southwest Covenant School Varsity Chorus
INTERCOLLEGIATE CONDUCTOR CLINIC
C. J. Carpenter, Conductor
DoubleTree Hotel Ballroom
Eugene Corporon
Oklahoma City University Chamber Choir
Randi Von Ellefson, Conductor
3:00–3:50 PM
ELEMENTARY SESSION
Tulsa University Cappella Chamber Singers
World Music: Drumming Session #1. Developing
Improvisation on the Xylophone (Bring instruments)
Kim Childs, Conductor
James Mader
7:30–9:30 PM
BAND CONCERTS
3:00–3:50
Tulsa Convention Center, Assembly Hall
CHORAL DIRECTORS VISIT THE EXHIBITS
Tulsa Convention Center
Yukon Middle School Band
Kyle Wiemar, Conductor
4:00–4:50
ORCHESTRA DIRECTORS VISIT
THE EXHIBITS
Konawa high School Band
Danny Longest, Conductor
4:00–4:50 PM
CHORAL SESSION
8:00–10:00 PM
JAZZ ENSEMBLE CONCERTS
Choral latitudes at your fingertips, Part 2
Christian Grases
DoubleTree, Buckingham Room
Tulsa Convention Center, Conference Hall A
Tulsa SAS Jazz Band
Mike Sisco, Conductor
4:00–4:50 PM
BAND SESSION
Norman North Jazz Band
David Gorham Clinic
Tulsa Convention Center, Room B
Trent Davis, Conductor
University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Ensemble 1
4:00–4:50 PM
ELEMENTARY SESSION
Brian Gorrell, Conductor
World music session #2: Developing improvisation on the drum
(Bring Tubanos or Djembes)
James Mader
Tulsa Convention Center, Room D
4:00–4:50 PM
SESSION FOR EVERYONE
The history of Music Education and advocacy.
Endless vamping on a tired tune
Ted Honea
THURSDAY EVENING
January 22, 2015
6:00–6:50 PM
OkMEA HONORS AWARDS
2015 OkMEA Hall of Fame
2015 OkMEA Administrator of the Year
2015 President’s Award for Service and
Achievement to Music Education
2015 OkMEA Exemplary Teachers
2015 Outstanding Young Music Educator
DoubleTree, International Ballroom
7:30–9:30
ORCHESTRA DIVISION RECEPTION
7:30–9:30 PM
CHORAL CONCERTS
Trinity Episcopal Church
Canterbury Choral Society Youth Chorale
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9:00–10:00
ASTA MEETING AND
ORCHESTRA DIRECTORS’ RECEPTION
Hyatt Regency Hotel
9:45–11:00
SOUTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA
STATE UNIVERSITY ALUM RECEPTION
James E. McNellie’s Public House
409 E First Street Downstairs
10:00–11:00
OBA BOARD OF CONTROL
DoubleTree, Second Floor Ballroom
10:00–11:00
PHI BETA MU MEMBERSHIP MEETING
DoubleTree, Gilcrease Room
10:00–11:00
ELEMENTARY MUSIC TEACHER RECEPTION
DoubleTree, Rm 1828
10:00–11:00
CHORAL DIRECTORS RECEPTION
Hyatt Regency, Rm 1502
FRIDAY MORNING
January 23, 2015
7:00–7:50 AM
OK-JE BREAKFAST MEETING
(Complimentary, must make Reservations)
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Ballard, continued
changing student populations and school building use.
His honors include the 2012 University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Excellence in Education Leadership Award, 2012 State Superintendent of the Year, 2012
Tulsa People Tulsan of the Year, 2012 Vision in Education
Leadership Award from the Tulsa Community College
Foundation, Top 100 Administrators in North America, the
Northwestern Oklahoma State University Outstanding
Alumni Award, the Don Newby/Ben Hill award from the Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry for Compassion and Concern for
all Human Beings, and is a member of the Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame. He has spoken and written extensively
on education and serves on numerous boards, including
the Oklahoma Superintendent’s Advisory Council and the
Oklahoma Curriculum Improvement Commission. Ballard is
also active with the Oklahoma State Legislature and consults regularly with state leaders to help shape policy.
teachers, she acquired the foundation and skills to grow
into the teacher she is today. She is eternally grateful to
those who helped and inspired her along the way. Jessica
absolutely loves teaching music and feels incredibly blessed to have such a great group of students!
She believes she is truly honored have been selected by
her colleagues in the music profession for this honor.
McClurg–Kenna, continued
of the Year, Who’s Who among American Teachers, and
Who’s Who among American Women. Her bands, choirs,
and orchestras have consistently received superior ratings
at contests, both in large group, and solo and ensemble.
She also has served as a judge and clinician for contests,
honor bands and orchestras throughout the state of Oklahoma and Arkansas.
She served as Conductor of Festival Strings, a beginning
orchestra under the umbrella of Oklahoma Youth OrchesWheeler, continued
tras, sponsored by the Guy Frasier Academy for the Performing Arts. Through her memberships in OkMEA/NAfME,
favorite things to do is watch her brother play football. She
was recently engaged to the love of her life, Alexander Lau. Oklahoma Music Adjudicators Association, Music Teachers
National Association, and American String Teachers AssociThey will be married next summer.
ation, McClurg–Kenna is an advocate of arts education for
Jessica has dreamed of teaching ever since she was a
everyone. As an accomplished solo and ensemble musilittle girl, and she cannot imagine a more rewarding profescian on piano, violin, bass, guitar, and trombone, she has
sion. She realized her passion for music at a young age,
enjoyed teaching, singing and performing around the state
and knew that teaching music was where she belonged.
of Oklahoma.
With the generous support and guidance of her music
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The Oklahoma Flute Society offers outstanding opportunities
for flutists! Visit our website at www.oklahomaflutesociety.org.
Solo and Ensemble Festival
Sunday, February 8, 2015 at Oklahoma City University
Our Solo and Ensemble Festival offers a written critique from professional flutists for each
participant. Outstanding soloists are selected from each division to play on an Honor
Recital. Ribbons and/or certificates are awarded and the Outstanding High School
Soloists are awarded cash prizes. Memorization is optional at this event.
Honor Flute Choir Performance at the OFS Members’ Recital
June 2015 at the University of Oklahoma
Students must be nominated by a private flute teacher or band director and meet
playing requirements as listed on our nomination form to participate in the Honor Flute
Choirs. There are two choirs, one for grades 7-9 and one for grades 10-12. Students will
have the opportunity to play in a large flute choir and perform on piccolo, C flute, alto
or bass flutes.
8:00–9:30 AM
OKLAHOMA ASSOCIATION OF
MUSIC SCHOOLS
Business Meeting Breakfast
DoubleTree, Gilcrease Room
8:00–11:30 AM
OMEA REGISTRATION
Tulsa Conference Center, Lobby of Conf Room A
8:00–8:50 AM
CHORAL SESSION
Rebecca Lowery
Choral Clinician
TECHNOLOGY
Tulsa Conference Center, Room A
Rebecca Lowery
8:00–8:50 AM
BAND SESSION
Clinic #1
Tulsa Conference Center, Room A
Nola Jones
8:00–8:50 AM
ELEMENTARY SESSION
Tulsa Conference Center
World Music Drumming #3
(Bring your Xylos, etc.)
James Mader
8:00–8:50 AM
ORCHESTRA SESSION
DoubleTree Downtown
Teaching String Techniques
in MS and HS has never been so easy!
Kirk Moss
Nola Jones
OkMEA Members’ Lunch
Keynote Speaker and Band Clinician
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VISIT THE EXHIBITS
Conference Center, Exhibit Hall A
$$$ Drawings
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Winter Park Ski-Music Festival
For BANDS, CHOIRS and ORCHESTRAS in Winter Park, Colorado
2015 Festival Dates:
March 26-29
April 1-5
April 9-12
April 16-19
Festival packages include your choice of
lodging (2, 3 or 4 nights), ski rentals & lift
tickets for FOUR days, beginner ski lessons,
performance adjudication, travel & medical
insurance, adult comps, awards ceremony &
street dance, and more.
Complete our
online form to have
2015 information
sent to you via
email.
Substitute non-skier activities: tubing, chairlifts, snow cat tours, snow shoe tours and more!
Starting at $278 per student
Jacob Wallace, Chair
OMEA All-State Intercollegiate Band
2015 Oklahoma Intercollegiate Honor Band
Once again we approach the Winter Conference, and
I’m thrilled to serve again as the representative for my
collegiate band colleagues as Chair of the Oklahoma
Intercollegiate Honor Band. This is my last year in charge
of the ensemble as I “pass the baton,” so to speak, to my
outstanding colleague and wonderful friend, Norman Wika,
from Northeastern State University, beginning with next
year’s conference. We hope you will attend the events
involving the IHB. It is one of the many fine traditions of
wonderful musical collaboration that we observe as part of
our annual conference, and this year should prove to be no
different!
Our clinician this year is Eugene Migliaro Corporon, who
serves as Regents Professor of Music and Director of Wind
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Studies at the University of North Texas, in addition to his
position as Music Director and Conductor for the Lone Star
Wind Orchestra. At UNT his responsibilities include conducting the North Texas Wind Symphony, teaching graduate level conducting to doctoral and master’s students, and
administrating the Wind Studies program. His ensembles
have performed at the Midwest International Band and
Orchestra Clinic, Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/
Convention, Texas Bandmasters Association Convention/
Clinic, and College Band Directors National Association
Conference.
Corporon is particularly well known for his extensive
catalogue of recordings, totaling over 600 works (many of
which have been world premieres of commissioned works).
He is a member of the American Bandmasters Association,
Phi Beta Mu, and has served as president of the College
Band Directors National Association, and as a former board
member of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and
Ensembles. He has appeared on several commercially
available video recordings, and is co-author of Teaching
Music Through Performance in Band series.
Corporon’s program focuses on new music, which will be
an exciting foray into a wealth of international styles. I am
certain you will hear new and compelling works that will
inspire you.
As always, following the performance of the ensemble,
our guest clinician will present a special clinic. It should be
a marvelous experience all around. We’ll look forward to
having you as our guests in January!
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Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute
at
Q ua rt z Moun ta i n
Apply Online
oaiquartz.org
(405) 605.7500
summer arts academy for high school students
Encourage your students to audition for the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute!
Auditions begin in January at locations around the state.
every accepted student receives a full scholarship!
acting
ballet
chorus
creative writing
drawing & painting
film & video
modern dance
orchestra
photography
9:00–9:50 AM
PHI BETA MU BUSINESS MEETING
FRIDAY AFTERNOON
January 23, 2015
Conference Center, Room C
9:00–9:50 AM
1st, 2nd, 3rd–Year Teachers
Noon–1:45 PM
MEETING
DoubleTree, Remington Room
Alane King, Chair OMEA Mentors
9:00–9:50 AM
CHORAL SESSION
OkMEA MEMBER
LUNCHEON
DoubleTree, International Ballroom
Must have lanyard and badge to attend
OkMEA Remembers
Janis Dawson
Conference Center, Room A
Here Comes Treble!
Keynote Address
Nola Jones
Mary Lynn Lightfoot
12:15–1:30
9:00–9:50 AM
BAND SESSION
Conference Center, Room B
CLINIC #2
Nola Jones
EXHIBITORS LUNCHEON
DoubleTree, Council Oaks Room
Complimentary for those who make reservations
2:00–4:00 PM
OMEA REGISTRATION
9:00–9:50 AM
Conference Center Lobby
ELEMENTARY SESSION
Conference Center, Room D
John Jacobson
9:45–10:15
ASSEMBLY HALL FOYER CONCERT
2:00–2:50
BAND SESSION
Conference Center, Room B
Inspire Excellence in Your Young Band
Bruce Pearson
10:15–11:30
GENERAL SESSION
COLLEGIATE OMEA SESSION
James South, President SW Division, NAfME
ORCHESTRA SESSION
OkMEA All-State Children’s Chorus
Andrea Ramsey, Conductor
David Hillis, Accompanist
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Conference Center, Assembly Hall
Awards and Recognitions
OSSAA, National Board Certifications
OkMEa Honors
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Peter Markes
2:00–2:50
DoubleTree, Second Floor Ballroom
Reading Session, New Music
BRING YOUR INSTRUMENT
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Eugene
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Eugene Migliaro Corporon is conductor of the Wind Symphony
and Regents Professor of Music at the University of North Texas.
As Director of Wind Studies, he guides all aspects of the program, including graduate degrees in Wind Conducting. Corporon
is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach; and
Claremont Graduate University.
Corporon has held positions at the University of Cincinnati,
Michigan State University, the University of Northern Colorado,
the University of Wisconsin, and California State University,
Fullerton. His ensembles have performed at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, Southwestern Music Educators
National Conference, Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/
Convention, Texas Bandmasters Association Convention/Clinic,
College Band Directors National Association Conference, and the
Conference for the World Association of Symphonic Bands and
Ensembles.
Having recorded over 600 works, including premieres and
commissions, his groups have released 100 recordings. These
recordings, two of which have been nominated for a Grammy, are
aired regularly on radio. He maintains an active guest–conducting
schedule, and is in demand as a conductor and teacher throughout the world. He is Past President of the College Band Directors
National Association, He is a member of the American Bandmasters Association and Phi Beta Mu.
Corporon has also served as a visiting conductor at Julliard, the
Interlochen World Center for Arts Education and the Aspen Music
Festival and School.
He is co-host with Barry Green on The Inner Game of Music video, which focuses on overcoming mental obstacles and
achieving one’s full potential as a performer. He also appears with6/26/14
James Jordan on the DVD, The Anatomy of Conducting. He
is co-author of the nine-volume book Teaching Music Through
Performance in Band. Corporon is a recipient of the International
Grainger Society Distinctive Contribution Medallion as well as the
Phi Beta Mu International Band Conductor of the Year Award. He
has also received the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Citation for
advancing the cause of music in America.
Dr. Richard Prior (Picture on p. 60)
Richard Prior is Director of Orchestral Studies at Emory University and Senior Lecturer in Composition, and conducts the Emory
University and Youth Symphony orchestras.
Prior’s musical training began in England, where he received degrees in composition and conducting from Leeds and Nottingham
Universities. A popular guest conductor and clinician, Prior has led
numerous all-state orchestras. He has appeared with the Charlotte Symphony, the New Orleans Civic Symphony, and the Rome
(Georgia) Symphony Orchestra. Prior is a founding member and
past president of the COCDA, South Central Division, and serves
on boards of various educational organizations.
Prior’s work has been performed, recorded, and broadcast widely. Atlanta performances have included intimations of immortality and TRIPTYCH, The choral-orchestral work Stabat Mater, was
the subject of a 2009 PBS broadcast. Prior’s Symphony No. 3
received its premiere at Emory University in 2011, and his elegy
for aurora received multiple recent performances .
Prior won the Philips Award for Excellence in Composition at
the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. His choral–orchestral work
hymn for nations united received awards in the 2013 Global
Music Awards.
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Axel Theimer (Picture on p. 60)
Axel Theimer, DMA, is Conductor of the 2015 All–State Mixed
Chorus. He is Executive Director of The VoiceCare Network. He
is a baritone recitalist and Professor of Voice and Director of Choral Activities at St. John’s University, Collegeville, and the College
of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, Minnesota.
Born and raised in Vienna, Austria, he was a member of the
famous Vienna Boys Choir. His graduate degrees are from the
University of Minnesota (MFA in Choral Conducting; DMA in Vocal
Performance).
Theimer has presented interest sessions at state, regional, and
national ACDA and MENC conventions and for other state and
region music organizations,including all-state and honor choirs in
Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana,
Kentucky, Montana, North and South Dakota, Oklahoma, and
Pennsylvania.
Angela Broeker, (Picture on p. 60)
Dr. Angela Broeker is Director of Choral Activities at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, where she conducts
the Chamber Singers, Women’s Choir, and teaches undergraduate courses in choral conducting and choral methodology. She
teaches in the school’s graduate programs in Music Education,
including two choral conducting and two choral literature courses
for students pursuing a Master’s Degree in Music Education with
a Choral Concentration.
Since arriving at UST in 1999, Broeker’s choirs have sung at an
ACDA region convention in 2008, the ACDA-Minnesota convention in 2004, and Minnesota MEA conventions in 2007 and 2001.
In addition to her university responsibilities, Broeker is a clinician
specializing in treble choirs. She presents for national, region, and
state conventions all national music associations. She has been
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guest conductor for fourteen states/ numerous honors choirs.
In 2003 and 1999 she conducted the National OAKE Children’s
Honors Choruses, and will do so again in 2008.
Broeker’s DMA degree is from the University of Oklahoma, and
her MM and BME degrees from Indiana University. Her research
interests include seventeenth–century vocal music suitable for
treble choirs and techniques for authentic, respectful performance
of music from diverse cultures. She served as guest editor of the
April 2006 Choral Journal and has written articles for the Music
Educators Journal, the Choral Journal, the NAfME Spotlight on
Teaching Chorus, the Orff Echo.
Robert Ponto , (picture on p. 60), is the Assistant Dean for
Admissions at the University of Oregon School of Music. Prior
to this he served as Director of Bands for twenty years. He has
conducted ensembles through the United States, Canada, and the
United Kingdom. His performing ensembles have been featured at
the Bang on a Can contemporary music festival in New York, on
National Public Radio, Oregon Public Radio, and have appeared
regularly at state, regional and national music conferences.
A self-described “musical omnivore,” Ponto is an advocate for
original music in all genres and is actively engaged in the creation
and performance of new works. He conducted the world premiere
of Justine F. Chen’s Philomel, and a recording of David Crumb’s
Primordial.
Ponto has contributed to unique projects in the electronic genre
as well. The contemporary music ensemble, Beta Collide, has performed his Postmark Sirius: In Memoriam Karlheinz Stockhausen for trumpet and live electronics, Beta Bacher, and a digital
realization of Stockhausen’s Solo.
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University
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The Bass School of Music
at
Samuel McCoy
Music Director/Principal Conductor, Chelsea Opera
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3:00–3:50 PM
CHORAL SESSION
2:00–2:50
CHORAL SESSION
Convention Center, Room A
Suitable Solutions for Smaller Choirs
Mary Lynn Lightfoot
Conference Center, Room A
All About Wireless
Rebecca Lowery
3:00–3:50 PM
ELEMENTARY SESSION
2:00–2:50
ELEMENTARY SESSION
Conference Center, Room D
John Jacobson
Convention Center, Hall D
John Jacobson
2:00–2:50
HIGHER EDUCATION SESSION
EL SISTEMO, OKLAHOMA
Social Change Through Music Education
3:00–3:50 PM
COMMUNITY ENSEMBLE CONCERT
Convention Center, Assembly Hall
Canterbury Youth Choruses, Apprentice Choir
Meredith Ziegler, Conductor
3:00–3:50 PM
BAND DIRECTORS VISIT EXHIBITS
Convention Center, Exhibit Hall
Oklahoma Youth Winds
Matthew Mailman, Conductor
3:00–3:50 PM
COMEA BUSINESS MEETING
Convention Center, Hall C
3:00–3:50 PM
PERCUSSIVE ARTS SOCIETY
DoubleTree, Council Oak Room
3:00–3:50 PM
MUSIC ADMINISTRATORS’ MEETING
DoubleTree, Gilcrease Room
4:00–5:20
ELEMENTARY HONOR CONCERT
Holy Family Cathedral
Canyon Ridge Elementary
Sohailah Stout, Conductor
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2015 All-State Conductors
Eugene Corporon
All–State Intercollegiate Band
Robert Ponto
All–State Symphonic Band
Richard Prior
All-State Orchestra
Amanda Drinkwater
All-State Wind Symphony
Axel Theimer
All-State Mixed Chorus
Angela Broeker
Ali-State Women’s Chorus
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Andrea Ramsey
All–State Children’s Chorus
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7:45–9:30 PM
Yukon Middle School
Judy Dinkel, Conductor
ORCHESTRA HONOR CONCERT
Convention Center, Assembly Hall
5:00–5:50 PM
OKE SESSION
Bartlesville High School Symphonic Orchestra
5:00–5:50 PM
Ponca City High School Symphonic Strings
Conference Center, Room D
COLLEGIATE OMEA DINNER
Baxter’s Interurban
Rhonda Ingersol–Carr, Conductor
Dan Larson, Conductor
Tulsa University Symphonic Orchestra
Richard Wagoner, Conductor
FRIDAY EVENING
January 23, 2015
9:30–11:30
OMEA ALL–STATE MIXER
Hyatt Regency, Tulsa Ballroom
6:00–6:50
FRIDAY UNIVERSITY RECEPTIONS
University of Oklahoma
DoubleTree, Woodward Room
University of Central Oklahoma
DoubleTree, Russell Room
10:00–11:00 PM
OBA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Hyatt Regency, Diplomat Room
10:00–11:00 PM
ASTA RECEPTION
TBA
6:00–6:50 PM
OKE EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
DoubleTree, Philbrook Room
SATURDAY MORNING
January 24, 2015
7:00–8:00 AM
7:30–10:00 PM
PHI BETA MU BREAKFAST
CHORAL HONOR CONCERT
DoubleTree, Second Floor Ballroom
Durant High School Varsity Mixed Chorus
BAND DIVISION BUSINESS MEETING
Holy Family Cathedral
Deborah Clements, Conductor
Guthrie High School Concert Choir
Bill Perring, Conductor
Southmoore Women’s Chorale
Linda Jones, Conductor
8:30–10:00 AM
DoubleTree, Council Oak Room
8:30–10:00 AM
ORCHESTRA DIVISION BUSINESS MEETING
Hyatt Regency, Executive Room
8:30–10:00 AM
Oklahoma State University Concert Chorale
CHORAL DIVISION BUSINESS MEETING
7:30–9:30 PM
EARLY CHILDHOOD SESSIONS
Z. Randall Stroope, Conductor
9:00–NOON
BAND HONOR CONCERT
Performing Arts Center, Chapman Hall
Mustang High School Wind Ensemble
Ryan Edgman, Conductor
DoubleTree, International Ballroom
The Convention now moves to the
Festival All–State Concert
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Norman High School Wind Ensemble
James Meiller, Conductor
University of Central Oklahoma Wind Symphony
Brian Lamb, Conductor
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Amanda Drinkwater, (picture on p. 60) is in her twelfth year at
Marcus High School, Flower Mound, Texas; and the tenth year
as Director of Bands. Her responsibilities include direction of the
Marcus Wind Symphony and the Marcus Marching Band. A pianist
and brass specialist, she is a native of Thibodaux, Louisiana.
Drinkwater received her academic training at Louisiana State
University and the University of Kansas, in Music Education and
Instrumental Conducting, respectively.
She is in her eighteenth year as a Texas music educator, with
previous teaching opportunities served at Leander High School
(TX) from 1996-2001, and The Colony High School (TX) from
2001-2003.
Drinkwater’s concert ensembles have received exclusively superior division ratings at the UIL Concert and Sight-reading contests,
and have earned distinction as “Best in Class” at various region
concert festivals. The Wind Symphony was chosen to perform
at the Midwest Band and Orchestra clinic in 2007 and 2012, and
has been recognized five times as a National Wind Band Honors
finalist.
Drinkwater’s marching ensembles have earned nine consecutive
trips to the 5A Texas State UIL Marching Contest, and have been
consistent Bands of America finalists and recipients of various
caption honors.
Drinkwater has been named five times to Who’s Who Among
America’s Teachers, and is a member of TMEA, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and the American Bandmasters Association.
She was selected as Marcus High School Teacher of the Year in
2007. In 2009, she was the recipient of the Music Educators National Conference Excellence in Teaching Music Award. A resident
of Highland Village, she is an active clinician and adjudicator for
indoor and outdoor performing ensembles.
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Nola Jones, DMA, (picture on page 54) is the Coordinator
of Visual and Performing Arts for Metropolitan Nashville Public
Schools in Nashville, Tennessee. Her duties include instruction
supervision of four hundred professional arts education specialists, curriculum planning, and implementation of Music Makes
Us. MMU is a public/private partnership among Metro Nashville
Public Schools, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, and music industry
and community leaders in Nashville. Its purpose is to ensure
Metro Nashville Schools is a world leader in music education,
bringing the resources of the Nashville music community together
to enable participation and foster student success for all of its
81,000 students.
Jones maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor. She
has appeared nationally in thirty–eight states and internationally in
Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, and Singapore.
At the request of NAfME, she was Director of the 2010 and 2011
US Army All-American Band, performing at the NBC televised US
Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, and served on the
committee to write National Standards for marching band. She
has judged for WGI, Bands of America and Drum Corps International, and currently serves on the DCI Judge Liaison Team.
Jones received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from
Mississippi State University, and the Master of Music Education degree from Mississippi College. She received her DMA in
Conducting from the University of South Carolina. [Editor’s Note:
Jones is the Keynote speaker for the Friday Members’ Luncheon,
as well as a Clinician for the Band Division.]
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OkMEA Festival Concerts 2015
Saturday, January 24, 2015
11:00 AM
The 2015 OkMEA All-State Jazz Ensemble
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Tulsa Ballroom
Michael Steinel, Conductor
ALL GROUPS BELOW WILL APPEAR AT THE
TULSA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, CHAPMAN HALL
Noon–2:00 PM
The OkMEA All-State Choral Concerts
The 2015 OkMEA All-State Women’s Chorus
Andrea Broker, Conductor
The 2015 OkMEA All-State Mixed Chorus
Axel Theimer, Conductor
2:30–5:00 PM
The OkMEA All-State Instrumental Concerts
The 2015 OkMEA All-State Symphonic Band
Robert Ponto, Conductor
The 2015 OkMEA All-State Orchestra
Gary Lewis, Conductor
The 2015 OkMEA All-State Wind Symphony
Amanda Drinkwater, Conductor
End of the 2014 Convention
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