This email contains information regarding the publication of our Spring 2021 Oregon Music Educator Journal, the OSAA virtual state solo and ensemble contest, NW NAfME financial report, Wallowa Lake Music Camps, OMEA award recipients, and the OMEA Composition Contest winners.
For more details, continue reading below.
OMEA Spring 2021 Music Educators Journal
We are pleased to announce the digital publication of our 2021 spring Oregon Music Educators Journal.


In collaboration with the OMEA, the OSAA will be conducting the 2021 OSAA Solo Music Culminating Week event May 3-7, 2021 in which students from OMEA districts will qualify as in past years. 

This ratings style event will highlight and provide exceptional feedback for students who qualify for the event. As in past years, this event will be free for students (no entry fee required). 

We are excited to provide this opportunity for the students across Oregon during this unprecedented year in high schools across the country. Special thanks to Jeremy Zander, Stuart Welsh, and Nathan Irby for their work. 
Here are the state solo dates you’ll need to be aware of:
  • State Registration Opens: April 5
  • State Registration Closes: April 16
  • State Submission Deadline: May 1
  • Culminating Week: May 3-7
  • Results Available: May 8 
Please contact Kyle Stanfield or State Solo Chair Nathan Irby if you have further questions
Music Camps @ Wallowa Lake
A message from Andy Nelson:

Music Camps @ Wallowa Lake is happening this summer! Larry Johnson, Jeff Sizer, Charlie Reneau and I, along with many other folks, have been working diligently to come up with a valuable music camp for Northwest woodwind and brass students. This is it!

Students will get three days of intensive instruction from Oregon Symphony players in small, chamber groups culminating with performances on day three.

Please share this email, the flyer and webpage link with your colleagues and students - we have an amazing, fun, safe, music camp ready for your students.
Andy Nelson
North Albany Middle School Band Director
Music Camps @ Wallowa Lake Co-Head Counselor and Board Member
Northwest NAfME/WMEA
OMEA is sharing a message with you regarding the financial situation we are facing due to the ongoing pandemic as well as our neighbors to our north, the Washington Music Education Association (WMEA).

You may not be aware of the connection between WMEA and the Northwest NAfME organizations. The WMEA executive director and other office employees, along with the NW Executive Board, organize, manage, and financially support the Northwest Conferences every other year.

WMEA, and therefore NW NAfME, are in dire straits financially and in danger of folding. Without WMEA, there could very well no longer be a NW Conference or NW Honor Ensemble event in our future. Northwest NAfME is one of the last regional conferences left in the country. This organization serves six states: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. Washington and WMEA are the ones that are held financially liable for the NW conference and honor ensemble events, but each state receives a rebate check from conference registrations at the conclusion of each NW conference every other year to support their own state MEA's. These conferences and student events are extremely valuable and it would be a huge loss to us teachers and our students if WMEA were no longer able to support them.

While OMEA is also in a precarious position financially, we are doing all that we can to protect our organization so that we may continue to serve our members and provide All-State, our state conference and solo/ensemble contests for years to come. We are making cautious plans for the 2022 All-State and Conference, and will keep you up to date on our finances and plans as we get closer to the fall. We are hopeful that we will be able to make it through this fiscal year, ending July 31, and be able to recoup our losses with the 2022 events beginning with registrations in the fall.

At this time, WMEA has asked to share with you this news to keep you in the loop and to humbly ask, if you are able, to make a financial contribution to the organization to their fundraiser through PayPal. They hope to meet their fundraising goal in order to keep them afloat until the fall when the 2022 event registrations begin. Without them, there will not be any NW conferences for teachers or NW Honors Groups for students in the future.

Thank you for your membership to OMEA and your support of NW NAfME.
2021 OMEA Award Recipients
We are so proud to announce this year's OMEA Award Winners. They are all so deserving of recognition.

Excellence in Elementary Music Award
Kendra Kay Friar
Outstanding Contributor Award
Randy Graves and Peter Heithoff of Bend Instrument Repair
Outstanding Administrator Award
Lara Tiffin, South Salem High School Principal
Outstanding Administrator Award
Guadalupe Guerrero, Superintendent of Portland Public Schools
Outstanding Music Educator Award
Dijana Ihas
Exemplary Service Award
Larry Graves
John C. McManus Award
Steve Peter
If you know of someone you feel should receive an award next year, be sure to submit a nomination through our website. You can view the past winners of these awards along with descriptions for each category. OMEA Awards Page
OMEA 2021 Student Composition Contest
We are excited to announce the 2021 OMEA Composition Contest Winners!

Elementary – no submissions

Middle School:
o   Co-Champion: Nocturne in E-minor by Russell Martino; John Daly, teacher
o   Co-Champion: City Night by Haruka Sakiyama from Athey Creek Middle School; Ryan Uldall, teacher
o   Honorable Mentions:
§  Jazz Song by Ashton Cochrun from Sherwood Middle School; Mike Dyer, teacher
§  Just a Piano, Finale (4th Movement) “The Fruits of My Labor” by Micah Dahl from Highland Park Middle School; Mandy Burton, teacher
§  Mythical Conquest by Alexander Denny from Athey Creek Middle School, Ryan Uldall, teacher

High School:
o   Co-Champion: Kintsugi Theme and Variations by Sam Ibarra from McKay High School; Alexander Figueroa, teacher
o   Co-Champion: Suite du Cirque by Koharu Sakiyama from West Linn High School; Kevin Egan, teacher
o   Honorable Mentions:
§  In Waning Winter by Jake Billard from Sandy High School; Alec Chase, teacher
§  Overcome by Colin Hamilton from Molalla River High School; Matthew Farris, teacher
§  Cloudburst by Henry Stubbert from Sheldon High School; Kami Hendrix, teacher

Visit our website to hear recordings of each piece!
Advocacy and Online Resources
Advocacy and Music Education Supports

We all know that music is an essential part of our students’ academic and social-emotional learning. As the music education expert in your building and district, we strongly encourage you to reach out to your leadership, be involved, and advocate for your students, your music colleagues, and yourself. Remind your administrators that music is part of a well-rounded education, as defined at the federal level by the Every Student Succeeds Act. Here are a number of resources for you:
  • National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Music Directors & Adjudicators
  • Articles on Performing Arts COVID-19 Guidance, COVID-19 Instrument Cleaning, Online Learning, Publishers Allowing Educational Use of Copyrighted Music, etc.

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