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KMEA All-State Info
2014-15 KMEA All-State
Audition Excerpts

HS Choir
Orchestra
Band (Wind/Perc)
Jazz Band
ML Choir
KMEA All-State Instrumental Live Auditions will be held Jan. 10, 2015 (All-State Bands, All-State Jazz Band, All-State Orchestra).

The weather contingency date will be one week later on Jan. 17.

Northwest Kansas
Music Educators Association

Important dates for 2014-2015:
Nov. 1 - Mini-Convention I, Hays High School (JH Choir/Band, HS Jazz)
Dec. 13 - Mini-Convention II, Fort Hays State University (HS Band/Choir)

Greetings fellow Northwest Music Educators,

A big welcome to the new school year, 2014-15. Many of you have started; many are putting the finishing touches on preparations. Soon our music rooms will be filled with beautiful sounds. I hope the summer found some relaxation and recharging for you and that you are up for the many challenges education faces this next school year. With that being said, please take time to get in touch with the professional music organizations that are here to serve you. A good place to begin is to check out the KMEA website: www.ksmea.org and the Northwest District website: www.ksmea.org/nw. These two resources will provide valuable information regarding the state and district honor groups, audition procedures, nomination forms, deadlines, etc. There are links to the mentoring program available as well. There is much information on a national level available at the NAfME website (www.nafme.org) as well.

I am Vesta Jo Still, your current KMEA Northwest District President. I am about to begin my 17th year of teaching. This year, I have added a 5-6 general music class as well as an English Comp class to my class load. I am embracing this change but some days, I feel like a first year teacher all over again. I am here to serve you and your musical needs so please, contact me if you have any questions or concerns. If you haven't already, please consider joining KMEA. You should also follow both KMEA (@ksmea) and the KMEA Northwest District (@nwkmea) on Twitter.

Plans are coming to fruition for the fall mini-conventions. Mark your calendars for Saturday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 13. Mini Convention I is held at Hays High School and features the HS Honor Jazz Band, and the JH Honor Band and Choir. Audition procedures, including deadlines, can be found at on this website under the honor groups tab or the calendar tab. HS Honor Band and HS Choir auditions also take place this day. Visit the website for more information. Fort Hays State University will again serve as our host for Mini-Convention II. This event features the Elementary Honor Choir and the HS Honor band and Choir. The afternoon concert will also feature the combined band and choir in a special arrangement of "Over the Rainbow."

The Northwest District will again honor three outstanding educators (elementary, middle level and high school) as well as a collegiate instructor and an administrator. If you know of an outstanding teacher you would like to nominate, please see the information on the website. We also award up to 3 scholarships to Junior and senior music education majors. If you know of a worthy college student, you should nominate !! Information is available on the website.

**Information About State KMEA Projects**

If you know of any retired teachers in your area, please send me their names . The state is working hard to make sure the retired educators don't slip through the cracks. They want the retired teachers to still feel included and connected to KMEA.

The state leaders are putting together a video library of outstanding teachers teaching at their best. This is to become a valuable resource and is supposed to help give music teachers ideas and ways to do things. They are looking for teachers who are willing to record themselves teaching lessons. They want teachers from all levels and all aspects of music. If you feel called to do something like this, please contact me. I can provide more information. Who knows, maybe I will call on you myself.

Best of luck as the school year begins and please remember to contact me or any KMEA member if you need anything.

Happy Music Making,

Vesta Jo Still
President, KMEA Northwest District

New Teachers! (also not-so new!)
Be sure to check out the New teacher's Handbook on the KMEA website (www.ksmea.org/mentoring/handbook). This exciting new area is full of great suggestions, help contacts, and helpful reminders. It will be a valuable tool for ALL of us! Be sure to check this out! While you're at the KMEA website, you can find more about our mentoring program, plus lots of information about our state organization.