The LMEA Connection
Official Newsletter
Louisiana Music Educators Association
Pat Deaville, Editor
2019 Opening School Issue 

In this issue:
  President's GreetingCarol Lupton LMEA President
  Past President UpdatesFran HebertLMEA Past President
 LMEA Updates and InformationPat Deaville, Editor
 Collegiate NAfME UpdateEd McClellan Chairman
 Vocal Division UpdateAngela JonesChairman
 Band Division UpdatesJoey NassarChairman
 Orchestra Division UpdatesKatrice LaCourChairman
Jazz Division UpdatesLee HicksChairman
Elementary Division UpdatesMichele WhiteChairman
LMEA Website Links
Quick Link to NAfME
Important Dates
Choral Workshop
Alissa Rowe
Southeastern State University
Hammond, LA
August 24, 2019
Outstanding Young
Music Educator
Nomination Form Deadline
September 1, 2019
All-State Jazz Submission of Audition Recordings Deadline
September 16 , 2019
All-State Orchestra
Submission of String
Audition Recordings
September 18, 2019
All-State 2nd Round
Pineville High
Pineville, LA 
October 12, 2019
Deadline for Submission of
All-State Packets
Registration Fees
October 22, 2019
Deadline for Conference
Pre-registration fees
For Members
with All-State Students
October 22, 2019
Deadline for Conference
For Members
without All-State Students
November 1, 2019
Development Conference
Crowne Plaza 
Baton Rouge, LA
November 21-25, 2019
Thanks to our loyal Louisiana Musician advertisers!
 Lafayette Music Company 
National Guild Of Piano
Debose Piano Competition 
McNeese State University
 Louisiana Tech University
Louisiana State University 
DeRidder High School 
Sulphur High School
Yamaha Corporation
Just Orlando Youth Tours
Thanks to our
Conference vendors!
J W Pepper & Son, Inc.
Lafayette Music
Stanbury Uniforms
Fruhauf Uniforms
Artistically Yours
Art's Music Shop
Tempest Musical Instruments
World's Finest Chocolate
Music & Arts
Branson On Stage Live
Louisiana Association
for Jazz Education
Quaver Music
Chef Landry
Louisiana-Mississippi Colorguard & Percussion Circuit
DeMoulin Brothers & Company
Fear Nothing
Music Gear
Tonal Innovation
RJ Music Group
Guardian Music
and Travel Group
Thanks to our Collegiate Conference Exhibitors!
Belhaven University
Centenary College of Louisiana
Louisiana College 
Louisiana's Own
156th Army Band 
Louisiana State University
 LSU Ag Center
Louisiana Tech University  
Loyola University
of New Orleans 
McNeese State University  
Nicholls State University 
State University
Schreiner Universtiy 
Louisiana University 
University of Louisiana Lafayette 
University of Louisiana Monroe 
University of New Orleans 
LMEA Board of Directors
Executive Officers
Carol Lupton, President
Scotty Walker, President Elect
Fran Hebert, Past-President
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
Michele Deslattes, District VIII
Jessica Lizana, District IX
Division Chairmen
Joseph Nassar, Band
Katrice LaCour, Orchestra
Angela Jones, Vocal
Lee Hicks, Jazz
Michele White, Elementary
Victor Drescher,
Edward McClellan,
Collegiate NAfME
Carolyn Herrington,
Public Relations
Ex-Officio Board Members
Pat Deaville, State Editor
Sharon McNamara-Horne,
State Webmaster
Thomas Burroughs, Hall of Fame
Jessica Fain, LBA
Kevin Caparotta, LA ACDA
Ava Brown, LAKE
Kelly Stomps,
AOSA Red Stick Chapter
Patrick Bordelon, LAJE
Michele Wilkinson-Nelson,
Oliver Molina, LA PAS
Conference Chairmen
Bruce W. Lambert,
Executive Director
Scotty Walker, All-State
James W. Hearne, Conference
Carolyn Herrington, Exhibits
Fran Hebert, Registration
Thomas Burroughs, Hall of Fame

President's Greeting
Carol Lupton 
LMEA President
As we are all diving into the opening of the school year, I find myself looking forward to the new challenges, while reflecting on last year’s achievements. This past year certainly presented some unique challenges for me personally, as well as for LMEA organizationally. As I reflect, I count my blessings. I am very grateful for my improving health.
I am also grateful for the many positives that emerged within LMEA’s activities and events. Our All-State Ensembles were exceptional this past year. Your Division Chairpersons outdid themselves. Our District Directors did a marvelous job in handling financial and operational matters at the local level.
The new comprehensive all-state programs became an instant souvenir from our conference. The membership really liked this all-inclusive concert program format. Special acknowledgement and accolades to Joseph Nasser and Carolyn Herrington for bringing these programs from concept to reality.
One event that was truly missed this past year was our State Large Ensemble Assessment. The elimination of the State Assessment was a difficult decision, but it did place greater focus on our District Assessments. The feedback pertaining to the “Sight Reading Panel” at the District level revealed somewhat mixed results, but overall positive reactions from members.
During this new school year, I encourage you to become familiar with Federal Title IV-A regulations and budgeting. While this government funding source is complicated, a percentage of these funds should assist in providing students access to a well-rounded education (e.g. music and arts). It may be worth your while to find out how your school system is distributing these funds.
I am so looking forward to this year. I hope are all of you are off to a wonderful start. As I peruse the internet, I see so much evidence of Louisiana’s music teachers being very active. Social Media has been full of band camp and music education happenings. Music classrooms are being decorated. Resources are being shared across multiple music platforms. It is go gratifying.
I offer each of you my best wishes for a successful and musical school year.

Past President Updates
Fran Hebert
LMEA Past President
I trust that your transition from summer days to school days proved to be a smooth segue. 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 Past-President. We discontinued our efforts to provide an upper-level assessment such as the state or regional event. Recently, I attended an educator conference with Governor John Bel Edwards.
The subject of the large window of time for state testing was introduced. It was stated that LMEA has no calendar opportunity to meet the needs of teachers and students with the scheduling of state/regional assessment events during this testing time which encompasses most of April and May.
Several music teachers were in attendance and stood united on the travesty of loss for an event that has been produced for music educators and their students for more than 50 years. The governor agreed on this point and stated that this window of time needs to be adjusted. This is all the more reason to validate our music education instruction through positive and proven LMEA District assessments with adjudication provided by our esteemed colleagues in the field.
Thank you for continuing your support of LMEA performance assessment activities. We intend to reinstate the Vocal and Instrumental Solo/Ensemble Assessment at the State Level. Contact your District Director to find out more.
NAfME representatives met with the LMEA Executive Board and members of the Conference Planning Session in August. It is hoped that our national organization will provide more connected leadership to foster a positive future relationship with our state and with its individual members.
Although the final results for LMEA to remain the state affiliate for NAfME was secured with the ‘Yes’ vote, it was a narrow majority that prevailed. Both the national and state organizations must show tangible evidence of support to prevent further erosion of confidence.
I look forward to seeing each of you at our fall conference November 21-25, 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. 

LMEA Updates and Information
Pat Deaville, Editor
Congratulations to Lee Hicks and the Fontainebleau Jazz Ensemble.
The Fontainebleau High School Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Lee Hicks has been selected to perform at the 2019 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Conference.
Congratulations to the 2019 LMEA Hall of Fame Inductees.
The 2019 inductees are Roselyn Fournier, Johnette Parker LeBlanc, and Scotty Walker.
Congratulations to the 2019 LMEA Outstanding Administrators.
The administrators selected to receive this award in 2019 are Jason St. Pierre (Walker High School - Livingston Parish) and Owen Clanton (Administrative Director of Middle Schools - Calcasieu Parish).
2019 Marching Festivals
Pickering Marching Festival - October 5, 2019
Fete' de Musique (Central Lafourche) - October 5, 2019
Pride of Cajunland (New Iberia) - October 5, 2019
Vermilion Parish Marching Festival - October 12, 2019
Terrebonne Marching Festival (Houma) - October 19, 2019
Tiger Classic (Morgan City) - October 19, 2019
DeRidder Marching Festival - October 19, 2019
Dutchtown Marching Festival - October 19, 2019
Parkway Marching Festival (Parkway) - October 19, 2019
Pride Marching Festival (Many) - October 26, 2019
Sterlington Marching Festival - October 26, 2019
Strawberry Classic (Southeastern) - October 26, 2019
Gulf Coast Championships (McNeese) - October 26, 2019
District VI Marching Assessment (TBA) - October 28, 2019
SLBDA Marching Festival (ULL) - October 28, 2019
District VII Marching Festival (Nicholls) - October 29, 2019
Sulphur Marching Festival - November 2, 2019
Classic on the Cane (Northwestern) - November 2, 2019
Bayouland Classic (Thibodaux) - November 2, 2019
Clash at Coliseum (Lakeshore/Mandeville) - November 2, 2019
Showcase (ULL) - November 9, 2019
Changes to All-State Band (and Orchestra Winds) Auditions.
Changes to All-State Band (and Orchestra Winds) audition music and procedures were announced in the Band Division Chairman's article in the February issue of the Louisiana Musician and in the Winter LMEA Newsletter.  This information was also posted to the LMEA website.  It is also a part of the Band Division Chairman's article in the September issue of the Louisiana Musician.
LMEA 25 Year Service Pin
Deadline for Service Pin Notification: November 17, 2019
LMEA will present a 25-year service pin to any member who has completed 25 years of active membership in NAfME/LMEA.
Pins will be presented prior to the All-State Performances. The recipient will designate the performance at which they wish to receive the pin. Chorale Performance on Saturday, November 23, 2019, Jazz or Orchestra Performance on Sunday, November 24, 2019 or at the Concert Band Concert on Monday, November 25, 2019
To receive an LMEA 25 Year Service Pin, members must submit their request on-line by November 17, 2019 at:
Conference Registration Deadlines
Directors of All-State Students: Deadline is October 22, 2019. Once directors of all-state students have pre-registered on-line, their registration information and payment method will be provided to the appropriate Division Chairmen. Division chairmen will not process all-state students without confirmation of pre-registration and payment from their director.   All other LMEA Members wishing to receive the pre-registration rate must pre-register on-line by November 1, 2019.
Conference Fees
LMEA Member Pre-Registration = $65*
LMEA Member Registration at Conference = $80*
Retired LMEA Members = no registration fee
Collegiate Student Member Fee = $15*
Non-Member Fee = $85*
(*An Additional Fee will be added for payment by credit card: $3.00 for member registration; $1.00 for collegiate registration.)
All Pre-Registration for Conference is done on-line at:
Collegiate NAfME Update
Ed McClellan
It is amazing how the NAfME Collegiate Summit has grown over the past several years. With 3 days of sessions and professional development, the Collegiate Summit is a collaborative effort among the Louisiana Music Educators Association, university faculty, K-12 music educators, and retired music teachers to focus on the needs of undergraduate music education majors and beginning music teachers. The 2019 NAfME Collegiate Summit (November 23-25, 2019) provides a variety of professional development sessions for college students, and beginning and veteran music teachers. Please see this Preview of the 2019 sessions open to collegiate members as well as practicing music teachers/directors at this year’s LMEA Conference.
Please click on the following links to view the 2019 LMEA Professional Development Conference "Call for Research."

Vocal Division Update
Angela Jones
Conductors for the 2019 LMEA All-State Choirs will be Stephen A. Futrell, of Elon University, for the Concert Mixed Choir and Kevin P. Johnson, of Spelman College, for the Women's Choir.
1st Round Audition selection for 2019 will be "Richte Mich, Gott" by Mendelssohn.
2nd Round Audition selection for 2019 will be "Dolcemente Dormiva" by Monteverdi.
Quick Link to the All-State Choir Audition Page
Quick Link to the complete Vocal Division Article (Sept. 2019) 

Band Division Updates
Joey Nassar
Conductors for the 2019 LMEA All-State Bands will be Richard Clary, Florida State University, for the Symphonic Band and Dennis Llinas, University of Oregon, for the Concert band.
Please stay in contact with your District Director in preparing for the 2019 All-State auditions.  As previously announced, the Board of Directors approved a few changes to audition music and procedures in January of 2019.
Quick Link to the All-State Band Audition Page
Quick Link to the complete Band Division Article (Sept. 2019)

Orchestra Division Updates
Katrice LaCour
Conductor for the 2019 LMEA All-State Orchestra will be Larry Livingston from the University of Southern California.
Deadline for submission of All-State Orchestra (String) audition recordings is September 18, 2019.
Quick Link to All-State Orchestra Audition Page
Quick Link to the complete Orchestra Division Article (2019)

Jazz Division Updates
Lee Hicks
Conductor for the 2019 LMEA All-State Jazz Ensemble will be the internationally renowned baritone saxophone player, Denis DiBlasio.
Deadline for submission of All-State Jazz audition recordings (Set #3) is September 16, 2019.
Quick Link to the All-State Jazz Audition Page
Quick Link to the Jazz Division Article (Sept 2019)

Elementary Division Updates
Michele White
Our Featured Clinicians for the 2019 LMEA Professional Development Conference will be Dr. Andy Paney, Diane Carlson Engle, and Lamar Robertson.  Additional clinicians will be announced later in the Fall Semester of 2019.
Quick LInk to the complete Elementary Division Article (Sept 2019)
LMEA Website Links
We encourage all LMEA members to utilize the LMEA website.  LMEA continues to move towards more on-line registration for various events.  Pertinent information will also be available and updated periodically.
Outstanding Young Educator Nomination Form and Information.
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
Quick Link to NAfME
NAfME Website (Membership and Services)

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