The LMEA Connection
Official Newsletter
Louisiana Music Educators Association
Pat Deaville, Editor
Opening School 2017

In this issue:
LMEA Website Links
Quick Links to LMEA District Websites
Quick Link to NAfME
 Greetings from your LMEA PresidentFran Hebert, PresidentLouisiana Music Educators Association
 Website InformationPast PresidentSharon McNamara Horne
 Jazz Division News ClipLee HicksJazz Division Chairman
 Orchestra Division News ClipKatrice LaCourOrchestra Division Chairman
 Vocal Division News ClipRobert Michael TownsendVocal Division Chairman
 Band Division News Clip Joseph NassarBand Division Chairman
Elementary Division News Clip Michele WhiteElementary Division Chairman
Important Dates
Outstanding Young Music Educator 
Nomination Form
Sept 1, 2017
Recorded Auditions for the All-State Orchestra Strings
September 22, 2017
Recorded Auditions for the All-State Jazz Ensemble
September 28, 2017
2nd Round Auditions
Pineville High School
October 14, 2017
Required for Directors with All-State Students
October 27, 2017
for members without
All-State Students
November 10, 2017
Annual LMEA
Professional Development Conference
and All-State Activities
November 16-20, 2017
Southeast Regional/State
Large Ensemble
Assessment Entry
March 10, 2018
Southwest and North Regional/State
Large Ensemble
Assessment Entry
April 1, 2018
For Regional/State
Large Ensemble Assessments
(click link below)
Outstanding Administrator Nomination Form
May 1, 2018
Hall of Fame
Nomination Process
May 1, 2018
Thanks to our loyal Louisiana Musician advertisers!
 Lafayette Music Company
National Guild Of Piano
Debose Piano Competition
McNeese State University
Louisiana Tech University
DeRidder High School 
Marching Festival
Sulphur High School
Marching Festival
Yamaha Corporation
Organization of
American Kodaly 
Thanks to our confirmed Conference vendors!
More to come...
J W Pepper & Son, Inc.
Lafayette Music
Stanbury Uniforms
Artistically Yours
Art's Music Shop
Tempest Musical Instruments
World's Finest Chocolate
Alison's World of Music
Elvis Presley's Graceland
Louisiana Bandmasters Association
Branson On Stage Live
Fruhauf Uniforms
Louisiana Association for Jazz Education
Quaver Music
Hawaii State Tours
Just Orlando Youth Tours
Charms/ Dorian Business System
Louisiana-Mississippi Colorguard & Percussion Circuit
Gulf South Travel
Simply Fundraising
C F S Louisiana
DeMoulin Brothers & Company
LMEA Board of Directors
Executive Officers
Fran Hebert, President
Carol Lupton, President Elect
Sharon McNamara-Horne,
Bruce W. Lambert, 
Executive Director
District Directors
Greg Oden, District I
Jessica Fain, District II
Brett Babineaux, District III
Katie Codina District IV
Sharon Stephenson, District V
Guy Wood, District VI
Jim Trant, District VII
Mark Minton, District VIII
Jessica Lizana, District IX
Division Chairmen
Joseph Nassar, Band
Katrice LaCour, Orchestra
Michael Townsend, Vocal
Lee Hicks, Jazz
Michele White, Elementary
Greg Handel,
Edward McClellan,
Collegiate NAfME
Carolyn Herrington,
Public Relations
Ex-Officio Board Members
Pat Deaville, State Editor
Tom Wafer, Hall of Fame
Keith Rogers, LBA
Kevin Caparotta, LA ACDA
Jarrod Richey, LAKE
Kelly Stomps,
AOSA Red Stick Chapter
B.J. McGibney, LAJE
Michelle Wilkinson-Nelson,
Brett Dietz, LA PAS
Conference Chairmen
Bruce W. Lambert,
Executive Director
Carol Lupton, All-State
James W. Hearne, Conference
Carolyn Herrington, Exhibits
Sharon McNamara-Horne, Registration
Tom Wafer, Hall of Fame
LMEA Website Links
We encourage all LMEA members to utilize the LMEA website.  LMEA will be moving towards more on-line registration for various events.  Pertinent information will also be available and updated periodically.
Calendars of Events
The Louisiana Musician (LMEA Journal
All-State General Information
All-State Jazz Ensemble Information
All-State Orchestra Information
All-State Choir Information
All-State Band Information
All-State Member Forms
Conference General Information and on-line Pre-Registration
2017 Conference “Call for Research” Proposal Form
Awards Information – 25 Year Service Pin, Hall of Fame, Outstanding Young Educator, and Outstanding Administrator Large Ensemble Form
Marching Band Assessments
Solo and Small Ensemble Assessments
Large Ensemble Assessments (District)
Large Ensemble Assessments (Regional/State)
Quick Links to LMEA District Websites
Quick Link to NAfME
NAfME Website (Membership and Services)

Greetings from your LMEA President
Fran Hebert, President
Louisiana Music Educators Association
I trust that your transition from summer days to school days proved to be a smooth path. It is wonderful to return to students who share our love for music.  From there, we can take on any challenge that the school system places in front of us. 
I anticipate great things in my second, and last year, as LMEA President.  We will enter our third season of Regional, rather than a one-site state assessment.  There is much to consider in working toward consistency as the sites rotate each year.  In order to be a viable and sustainable event our district directors need to hear from you, our LMEA members. We consider all interests and make decisions that accommodate members equitably throughout the regions.  State testing for core curriculum ‘takes no prisoners’ - (having a fierce, relentless, or merciless character – Webster).  This is all the more reason to validate our music education instruction through positive and proven assessment by colleagues in the field.  Thank you for continuing your support of LMEA performance assessment activities.
It was my privilege to attend the NAfME Leadership Conference June 29th - July 1st.  NAfME is the largest music education organization in the world and poses the following position statement regarding equity and access in music education:
All students deserve access to and equity in the delivery of music education, one of the subjects deemed necessary in federal law for a well-rounded education, which is at the heart of NAfME’s stated mission: to advance music education by promoting the understanding and making of music by all.
This is also the focus of LMEA.  Please join us by becoming involved with advocacy for music education in your district.  Our job as music educators inherently brings us into a political realm.  School systems are a political entity.  We can influence the politics of education through the friendship bonds we establish in our connected community:  school board members, administrators, parents, and students (who will one day vote on education issues).  And, it never hurts to do the job well.  Onward and upward as we meet our daily challenges in the classroom and the community.
I look forward to seeing each of you at our fall conference November 16-20, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Baton Rouge where we will enjoy informative clinics and meetings, awesome music ensemble performances, and take time to visit with friends.  More on the latter when I see you . . .

Website Information
Past President
Sharon McNamara Horne
Secure Website: Please use to access it as a secure site. It won’t automatically roll over to the secure address – you must put it in.
New Login: Beginning this year, some of our forms will require you to login. As a result of NAfME’s newly completed database upgrade, there is a slightly different login process for both LMEA and NAfME. (Your membership will have to be current to login.)
The first time you login, you’ll need to click on “Sign Up.” Enter the email you used to renew your membership and a password of your choice. You’ll be sent a verification email and will need to click “Confirm Your Account.” That’s all. If you have any problems, email They are not staffed 24/7 so you will only get an answer during their extended business hours, but they have been replying and fixing problems very quickly. If you cannot get a problem resolved, email me and I’ll try to help you work through it. NOTE: If your email address has changed, you’ll need to email to have them change it in their records before the login process can be completed.
Manage Profile – when you log in to either LMEA or NAfME, you have the option to update the information in your profile.  Just be sure to click “save.” It’s way down at the bottom of the page.
My NEW Please let me know if I can assist you in any way.

Jazz Division News Clip
Lee Hicks
Jazz Division Chairman
Recording Submission Deadline for All-State Jazz Ensemble:  Thursday, September 28, 2017
Conductor for the 2017 LMEA All-State Jazz Ensemble will be Wycliff Gordan, world-renowned jazz trombonist, arranger, composer, band leader and music educatorHe is currently the Artist in Residence at Georgia Regents University.   

Orchestra Division News Clip
Katrice LaCour
Orchestra Division Chairman
All State Orchestra Audition Recording Submission Deadline postmarked by Friday, September 22, 2017.
Conductor for the 2017 LMEA All-State Orchestra will be Robert Gillespie, from The Ohio State University.

Vocal Division News Clip
Robert Michael Townsend
Vocal Division Chairman
Conductors for the 2017 LMEA All-State Choirs will be Dr. Andre Thomas from Florida State University for the Concert Mixed Choir and Ms. Angie Rawls from Pearl River, Mississippi, for the Women’s Choir. 
First round audition selection will be “Heilig” by Mendelssohn – 8 part –Walton Edition (W2163). 

Second-round audition piece will be “To Thee Cherubim and Seraphim” by Handel - SSATB–edited by Alex Favazza. Hinshaw Music – HMC2530.  This piece is only in 5 parts (SSATB) but it is a great choice for our audition.  Sopranos will divide sop 1 and sop 2 as always.  Alto 1 and 2 will sing the alto part, Tenor 1 and 2 will sing the Tenor part and Bass 1 and 2 will sing the Bass part.  The parts cover the ranges necessary for all the other pieces to be performed this year at all-state.   We will still have 8 separate audition rooms as usual, there will be no combining.
2017 All-State 2nd Round Auditions
October 14, 2017 at Pineville High School

Band Division News Clip 
Joseph Nassar
Band Division Chairman
Conductors for the 2017 LMEA All-State Bands will be Gary Green, the University of Miami Frost School of Music, for the Symphonic Band and Alfred Watkins, Lassiter High School, for the Concert Band.
2017 All-State 2nd Round Auditions
October 14, 2017 at Pineville High School

Elementary Division News Clip 
Michele White
Elementary Division Chairman
Featured Clinicians for the 2017 LMEA Professional Development Conference will include Sandy Knudson, Artistic Director of the Norman (Oklahoma) Children's Chorus and Lamar Robertson (Sponsored by LAKE), internationally-acclaimed Kodaly music educator.

Louisiana Music Educators Association  •  P. O. Box 6294  •  Lake Charles, LA 70606

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