Is it really only a few weeks ago we were all returning to "real life" after the 2020 CMEA Conference? I hope you were able to re-establish your routines and begin to utilize things you learned at the Broadmoor this year. I can say thank you to everyone for helping to make the onference a success. I can say that there were few if any issues and it seemed like everyone I saw was engaged in listening and sharing. Thank you also for committing to professional development that directly impacts music education in your school.
As I stated at the Presidents Concert, this conference has developed over time from a single 45 minute event per council each hour with a lunch break, to a conference that has, at times, a dozen or more choices for attendees to choose from. Our ability to try and meet the needs of the membership takes a great deal of time, planning and cooperation between our four councils as well as technology, advocacy, research, Tri-M, etc., to put as much into the schedule and available Broadmoor meeting space as possible. My job is to make sure everyone has as much opportunity to present clinics and concerts in the best places possible. I hope you enjoyed and appreciated the diversity that we were able to offer. Profound thanks to Craig Westwood, Todd Dicamillo (and his student helpers), Elizabeth Ford and Tracy Doyle for their countless hours of work, planning, guidance, vision and leadership for this year's conference. Each council chair listed above also had the equally untiring help and expertise from their councils and chair-elects Peter Toews, Tanner Oharah, Cathy Keller and Mark Montemayor. We also owe thanks to Andrea Meyer, Michael Paulez, Carla Aguilar for their work in helping to fill out our conference by scheduling and hosting sessions that were not council specific but important topics for our membership to have access to. Michelle Ewer deserves special thanks for taking a risk in revamping some of our Tri-M Leadership Conference schedule to accommodate suggestions from past attendees to help make that portion of our conference more pertinent to our school age membership. The performance aspects of the conference do not happen without Tom Bruszewski and his students who find magical ways to maneuver equipment to each location and help keep our performance areas moving smoothly.
Several of us had a "hard hat" tour of the new exhibition area of the Broadmoor conference section. We will be working to get as many of the council officers to see what it is like once finished so we can find ways to utilize the new area. I think there are some exciting things about the new area as well as ways we are going to have to modify what we have been doing in the past to make things work. As I have said before, this conference has never been static. It is constantly evolving to meet the needs of the membership as well as the space we have available at the Broadmoor.
I want to thank a couple more people that make this conference work smoothly. I was so glad and very lucky that Rick Shaw could agree to serve as Interim President-Elect for the past 6 months or so as Mark Walters recovers. We found that there are things that must change before our next election and you can count on several articles to help everyone be ready for this fall. This association functions smoothly due to all the work that Bill Kohut does and has done to make the process of planning the conference and running the financial side of CMEA easy, successful and transparent. Now that he is retired we have the advantage of his full time attention which will be wonderful moving forward to next year's changes. I want to acknowledge Ken Anderson and Gary Sidel who have worked the exhibit side of our conference for more years than much of the membership has been alive. It is an important part of our conference, both informational and financial, and they are stepping down from those positions. I don't think there are words I can put together well enough to adequately thank them for the job they did. Ken and Gary, thank you and we will miss you.
We have continued to move forward to make the schedule as digital as possible and I am thankful for and admire Margie Camp's ability to learn and master the Guidebook app. I heard on several occasions how appreciative people were when a schedule change had to happen and it did so swiftly and easily. I hope that as we learn to make use of the advantages Guidebook gives us that you will appreciate it more and more each year.
There were two disappointments for me this year and the biggest was attendance at the Presidents Concert Thursday night. I thank everyone, of all ages and musical tastes, who came to me during the week and commented on how much they enjoyed the performance by VSQ. We used to have performances both Thursday and Friday nights and have recently dropped the Friday night concert due to lack of interest. There are suggestions now that perhaps we need to consider the same thing for Thursday. In the coming months we will be asking you to participate in a survey to help guide us in the direction of live professional music in the evening so please plan to participate and share your vision for how we spend that time and money.
As we head toward summer, through these weeks of all-state and honor groups as well as MIOSM, festival performances and local concerts I hope you continue to strive to serve your students, districts, and communities in the profession of music education. There are few other professions that are as rewarding and none that are as profoundly important to our children.
Greetings from Tri-M
Thanks to all the schools who brought students to Tri-M Day 2020. We had 24 schools participate, grades 7-12. I hope it was beneficial for all who attended. I would love to see the numbers increase every year. Please encourage a friend to bring a chapter next year. I could not have been prouder of the outcome of the day. America the Beautiful gave me goose bumps. Thanks to Dr. Stanley Curtis for your wonderful arrangement.
Special thanks to: Dr. Margaret Miller, Dr. Michelle Stanley, Dr. Erik Johnson, Dr. Leila Heil, Dr. Stanley Curtis, Dr. Joel Schut, Dr. Jeremy Reger, Dr. John Seesholtz, Michael Windham, Michael Pickering, Michael Linert for your amazing sessions. You made a difference in the lives of many students!
Special thanks to Dr. Matthew Arau our keynote speaker. What an amazing experience for Tri-M Day. Thanks to Conn-Selmer, Boomer Music and Meeker Music for making this happen.
Do you have a topic to share with Tri-M students? Applications will be available April 2020. Be a part of Tri-M day 2021. We are always looking for new ideas! Watch for the forms at www.cmeaonline.org.
During our clinic/conference the topic of a teacher shortage came up several times. As our Baby Boomer generation is retiring the amount of incoming music educators is declining. This is a huge concern for the future of music education. I close by saying, please encourage your students to consider becoming a music educator. Make a difference in the lives of a student. Be a Teacher!!
Colorado Tri-M Chair
All-State and Clinic/Conference Medals Available
All-State and Clinic/Conference Medals are available from CMEA. Medal sales is the main fundraiser for CMEA.
The order form is available on the CMEA web site. The cost per medal is only $6.00 plus shipping and handling. Call or email me if you have any questions or for rush orders.
Solo/Ensemble Festival Medals
Medals are available from CMEA for any solo/ensemble festival. It does not have to be a CHSAA event. Medal sales is the main fundraiser for CMEA.
The order form is available on the CMEA web site. The cost per medal is only $6.00 plus shipping and handling. The medals are "cast" and say Colorado on them and have either solo or ensemble festival as part of the casting. Superior (I) medals have a blue chest drape and Excellent (II) medals have a red chest drape. Call or email me if you have any questions or for rush orders.