Band

The Nevada Music Educators Association All-State Festival features a middle school and high school level band. These ensembles include woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Students work closely with a guest conductor for two days before performing a final concert. Students who make the All-State bands are the top performers in Nevada. High school students audition to earn a spot in the ensemble, while middle school students are nominated by their middle school band director.

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High School

Upon further review of NMEA’s policy on the requirement of proof of COVID-19 vaccination status, the board has made the decision to keep our current policy in place.  This requires that all participants involved in All-State to be fully vaccinated by March 1st for participation in the 2022 Nevada All-State conference with no exemptions granted.  Due to our inability to predict how the pandemic will progress during the coming months, as well as our inability to guarantee testing availability and results, we believe that this is the safest way to provide an in-person event to which participants will be traveling from across the state of Nevada.  The Nevada Music Educators Association has adopted this policy on mandatory vaccination to safeguard the health of our students and members from the hazard of COVID-19. 

Audition Information

Audition Paperwork

Registration for auditions is now closed. If you need assistance, please contact the State Executive or one of the ensemble chairs.

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Deadlines to know: 

    • Students must have had their first COVID vaccine dose by their audition
    • Students must be fully vaccinated by March 1, 2022

NMEA Vaccination Statement

Chairpersons

Christi Blahnik

Christiana.Blahnik@WashoeSchools.net

Julio Vargas

Vargajc@nv.ccsd.net

Andrew Smouse

smousaj@nv.ccsd.net

Gary Brown

browng5@nv.ccsd.net

Guest Conductor

Welcome back Cynthia Johnston Turner!

Odds were against Cynthia Johnston Turner becoming a musician let alone a professor of music in higher education. Born in a small rural town in Ontario, Canada, no one in her family played an instrument or sang, although there were rumors that her great paternal grandfather was a mean mandolinist. Cynthia asked for a piano for Christmas when she was 8 years old, and because it was all her parents could afford, she received a toy electric keyboard from which she was pretty much inseparable until she started the ukulele in grade school. When she picked up the clarinet and saxophone in middle school, a love affair and a career were born. 

The first in her family to attend university, Cynthia received her B.Mus and B.Ed  from Queen’s University, a M.Ed. at the University of Victoria and a D.M.A. (Conducting) from the Eastman School of Music. She has received numerous teaching, research, and leadership awards in Canada and the United States.

Cynthia was appointed Dean—Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, just outside of Toronto, July 1, 2021. She leads a school of approximately 500 undergraduate and graduate music majors with programs in traditional conservatory programming coupled with innovative programs such as the Bachelors, Masters, and PhD in Community Music, and Artist Certificates in Opera Performance, Chamber Music, and Contemporary Performance. She also oversees the Laurier Conservatory which houses the String Academy and the Beckett School, two community-based schools serving hundreds of children and their families in the region.

Before her appointment as Dean, Cynthia was Director of Bands, Professor of Music, and Artistic Director of “CCE” at the Hodgson School of Music, University of Georgia where she conducted the Hodgson Wind Ensemble, led the MM and DMA programs in conducting, provided strategic leadership in diversity, equity, and belonging initiatives as well as innovative curriculum, and oversaw the entire band program including the 400+ member Redcoat Marching Band. The Hodgson Wind Ensemble performed at the CBDNA National Convention in 2017. She is a sponsored clinician with Conn-Selmer.

Cynthia has guest conducted bands, new music ensembles, and orchestras at several universities and conservatories as well as state honor bands in the United States and abroad. She continues to actively promote commissions by today’s leading and emerging composers around the world with a focus on underrepresented voices. She has been invited to present her research with teaching and technology, innovative rehearsal techniques, and service-learning and music performance at numerous conferences nationally and internationally. She is published in such journals as Interdisciplinary Humanities, International Journal of the Humanities, Music Educators Journal, NAfME “Teaching Music,” NewMusicUSA.org, Journal of the World Association of Bands and Ensembles, Fanfare Magazine, and Canadian Winds, and has recorded CDs with the Innova and Albany labels. 

 

Cynthia has served as a board member with WASBE and is an active member of CBDNA (Vice-President Elect, SEC), Conductor’s Guild, College Music Society, Humanities Education and Research Association, the National Association for Music Education, the National Band Association, and the American Bandmasters Association. She currently serves on the board of the Western International Band Clinic (WIBC) and faculty at WIBC University. She is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and a National Arts Associate member of Sigma Alpha Iota.

 

 


Middle School

Upon further review of NMEA’s policy on the requirement of proof of COVID-19 vaccination status, the board has made the decision to keep our current policy in place.  This requires that all participants involved in All-State to be fully vaccinated by March 1st for participation in the 2022 Nevada All-State conference with no exemptions granted.  Due to our inability to predict how the pandemic will progress during the coming months, as well as our inability to guarantee testing availability and results, we believe that this is the safest way to provide an in-person event to which participants will be traveling from across the state of Nevada.  The Nevada Music Educators Association has adopted this policy on mandatory vaccination to safeguard the health of our students and members from the hazard of COVID-19. 

Nominations OPEN!

Deadlines to know: 

    • Students must receive their first COVID vaccine dose upon nomination
    • Students must be fully vaccinated by March 1, 2022

NMEA Vaccination Statement

Chairpersons

Marissa Davidson

davidmd@nv.ccsd.net

Juanpablo Macias

maciaj3@nv.ccsd.net

 

Guest Conductor

Welcome back Jermie Arnold!

Doctor Jermie Arnold was appointed to the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach as the Associate Director of Bands in the fall of 2012. Dr. Arnold is the principal conductor of the Symphonic and Concert Bands and teaches courses in conducting and music education. Dr. Arnold also serves as the Director of Woodwind studies. In 2014Dr. Arnold received the Most Inspirational Professor Award from the CSULB Alumni Concert Band Festival sponsored by Music For All.

Dr. Arnold has presented at the National CBDNAConference, UMEA, OMEA and CASMEC. He is published in the Fall 2016 Journal of Band Research. He conducted the Bob Cole Conservatory Wind Symphony at the 5th InternationalWind Band Conference in Seoul, Korea, the American Band Masters Association National conference, the Northwestern/Western CBDNA Regional Conference and the University of Hertfordshire Music Festival in London England. Dr. Arnold conducted the First Trumpeters concert at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in 2016 where he collaborated with Principal Trumpet players from across the globe including Tom Hooten, Justin Bartels, Andrea Giuffro and Kazuaki Kikumoto.

Dr. Arnold completed his DMA in 2014 from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia where his primary mentors were Mark Camphouse, Anthony Maiello, and Dennis Layendecker. Dr. Arnold received his master and bachelor’s degrees in music education from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

Dr. Arnold’s public-school teaching experience includes 7 years as Director of Band at American Fork Jr. High School in American Fork, Utah. His ensembles performed at the National MENC Conference, the Inaugural Music for All National Middle School Festival and the Utah Music Educators Conference. The UMEA recognized Dr. Arnold twice, first with the Superior Accomplishment Award in 2006 and second with the Outstanding  Junior High-Middle School Music Educator Award in 2008. Dr. Arnold also served as the Assistant Director of Bands at American Fork High School participating in performances at the National Concert Band Festival, the Presidential Inaugural Parade, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

He has been a guest conductor in California, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Nebraska, New York, Utah, and Virginia. He has served as adjudicator at marching and concert band contests throughout the United States. He and his wife, Amber, enjoy their children Jacob, Kyle and Bethany.

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