KMEA All-State Info
KMEA All-State Instrumental Live Auditions for All-State Bands, All-State Jazz Band, All-State Orchestra will be held Jan. 9, 2016, at Salina-Central High School.
The weather contingency date will be one week later on Jan. 16.
Welcome to the SC Kansas Music Educators Association.
Please take advantage of the opportunities that are offered through the South Central District.
Check the website often, as it is the official means of communication within our district.
All information concerning district events will be posted here.
2015-16 President's Letter
Welcome back to a terrific school year! Amid challenging
state reports music educators can relish in the report that
music education has again been affirmed as a core subject
in our schools by the passage in the Senate of the "Every
Child Achieves Act." The work is not quite done in that the
House and the Senate have yet to agree on a final bill, so
keep the steady flow of information going on how good music
is for our students and citizens!
We have some wonderful opportunities coming up for all
musical education genre, so be sure to explore the website.
Coming very soon is a new updated KMEA website, mobile
ready for any of your devices. All of the chairs will soon have
complete information regarding registration. Please be sure
to explore everything your students can do this year.
Please note also that an All-State Elementary Choir will be
presented for the first time at the ISW in February,
rehearsing on Thursday of the ISW and performing on the
President's Concert, directed by Elaine Quilichini of the
Calgary Women's Choir. Spread the word to your
elementary team members—this is a super additional ISW
performance opportunity for a large population of our
constituents. Audition and registration information is
available at ksmea.org/elemchoir
- all they have to sing is My Country 'Tis of Thee!
Don't forget the other auditions for younger students available
by digital upload for middle school
students—the KMEA All-State Middle Level Choir and for ages 5th-9th grades, the
KCDA Treble Honor Choir. All are tremendous opportunities
to broaden the scope of exposure to internationally
recognized directors, sponsored by KMEA and our affiliate
Thank you to all of the board members who are serving our
students; we are grateful for the time and energy they put
into making our district a welcoming place to be. If you
know of a new music educator, please let us know so we
can contact them to be a support during their challenging
If you have been inspired by a master teacher in your area or
have been assisted by a supportive administrator, please
don't hesitate to nominate them for Teacher of the Year and
Administrator of the Year by Oct. 1. They can do so much
for all of our students when they are supportive of what we
are doing. Be sure to nominate them by Oct. 1. Nomination
materials are available on the website—be sure to add lots of
testimonials so our district candidates can compete for
KMEA Teacher and Administrator of the Year.
High School educators, please do not forget the scholarship
opportunities available through both SCKMEA and KMEA for
your students. It just takes the time to apply and a great
application essay due by Oct. 1. Please be sure your
students are aware of this great opportunity.
Resources for all teachers:
KMEA on Twitter: @ksmea
SCKMEA on Twitter: @sckmea
Kansas Music Review - nationally recognized online
magazine, complete with a digital source for topics: kmr.ksmea.org
KMEA website: ksmea.org
National conference is another great resource for educators;
the NAfME National Conference will held Oct. 25-28 in
Nashville. If you go, let us know and be sure to send pics!
Don't forget to remind your 2016 All-State performers they
are eligible to audition for the national groups for Dallas
National Convention in the Fall of 2016.
Thanks for all you do to create such a magical education for
our students—you work long hours with little break but it is
worth it when that one kid, or 5, or 150, gets it. There's
nothing better and it is all because of you. Thank you!
President, South Central Kansas Music Educators Association
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.