NMEA Board Positions & Elections

State Executive Job Posting


NMEA Board elections are here!  

Use this link to submit your vote –  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9TWK7PJ


Scroll below to see statements from nominees.

Richard Hutton – Nominee for Washoe Zone Representative

I want to serve in a capacity where I can help the members of my zone feel connected to the direction of the organization. I would be a trusted voice to represent Washoe County music educators to those on the board and a reliable communicator in this liaison role. After having my students participate in the Solo & Ensemble and All-State Festival events, I feel it is time for me to contribute what I can to help make these experiences even better. I want to be a part of the progress that is being made within the organization “to promote music education, ensure its inclusion in all students’ core curriculum and to guarantee quality music experiences for all learners.”

I have been a member of NMEA since I began teaching within WCSD. I have been a music educator for about ten years and am in my third year as choral director at Spanish Springs High School. I have resided in Reno for seven years teaching various levels of music also at Hug High School and Sage Ridge School (5th-12th). I have provided musical direction to several choral ensembles in Nevada, New Jersey and Illinois. I hold a Master of Music in Choral Conducting degree, with distinction, from Westminster Choir College. Prior to completing my graduate degree, I received my BA in both Music and Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago.


Jon Ciaramitaro – Nominee for President-Elect

I am currently finishing my 7th year in my position as the choir director at Miller Middle School in Clark County. I have previous teaching experience in 1st-5th general music and 6-8th beginning band. For the past four years, I have served as a Southern Zone Representative and am proud of the work we have accomplished. I look forward to continuing service with NMEA and aim to continue improving our organization and the programs we offer music students in Nevada. As a Southern Zone Representative, I have collaborated with members from all disciplines and have brought their concerns and questions to the Board to help create solutions. Most of the changes that have been made were due to the open line of communication with educators to bring experiences that are worthwhile for students and educators. If selected as President Elect, my primary goal will be to continue and expand open collaboration with all members of NMEA. Through this effort, we can continue to encourage changes to improve our organization to provide the greatest opportunities for professional development and opportunities for all students across the state. My experience as an NMEA  State Representative has inspired me to focus on music advocacy to provide a comprehensive music education experience to all students throughout Nevada.


James Gillette – Nominee for President-Elect

I am writing this letter of interest to thank you for being nominated to possibly be your next NMEA President-Elect. Here is a little bio of myself:

James Gillette graduated from the University of Utah in 2006 with a degree in music education.  While in college, he participated in many instrumental and choral ensembles on campus.  He had the opportunity of performing all over the United States, both in choral and instrumental performance.  He received a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Boston University in September of 2011.  He has taught in the Clark County School District for the last twelve years.  He is currently the Director of Bands and Choral Studies at Boulder City High School in Boulder City, NV.

My strengths include:

  • I have taught HS band, choir, guitar, jazz, orchestra, and general music while in this district. This has given me a chance to work with many great colleagues from all of these disciplines. I have learned from many of them on what I can to do to be a better person and leader.
  • I feel that I am a person that is easy to talk to and is a problem solver and can be of assistance to someone who needs it.
  • I have served in the Nevada ACDA and NMEA in various positions.
    • Nevada ACDA as Men’s Repertoire Chair (2009-2011)
    • NMEA – All-state Band Committee for the least 5 years, Small School Co-Chair for the last 8 years and Southern Zone Rep for the last 2 years.
      • Helped to create and streamline the Policy & Procedures for both of these ensembles, of which are currently being used.
    • I have assisted in helping others at many honor ensembles and festivals in town, as well as taking all of my ensembles to festival, both in Nevada and other states.
    • I work hard to make sure that everyone has a chance to be successful.

            In closing, I am excited for this opportunity to possibly be your next NMEA President-Elect.  Thank you for your consideration.


Nick Jacques – Nominee for President-Elect

My name is Nick Jacques and I am applying for the position of president-elect for the Nevada Music Educators Association.  My previous experience on the NMEA board includes being the Northern Zone representative for the previous 3 years and the middle school All-State Band chairperson for the previous 4 years. I previously served on the Mile High Jazz Band’s board of directors as their band liaison from 2014-2017, and I currently serve on the board for the Capital City Community Band as their music director.  

In addition to my leadership experience, I am currently the band director at Carson Middle School in Carson City, Nevada. As a highly involved music educator, I am organized and detail-oriented. I am a National Board Certified Teacher and received the Carson City School District’s teacher of the year award this month. I regularly travel with students to NMEA-sponsored events and volunteer at other NMEA events throughout the year. As president-elect, I will work with the board to help strengthen and grow participation in our All-State Music Festival and streamline the membership tracking and renewal processes.  

I am excited to be continuing to serve on the board to help strengthen music education in the state of Nevada, and I am excited for the possibility of being president-elect.  Thank you for your consideration. 

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