Posts Tagged ‘Maine music education’


Jazz All-State

June 24, 2021


This is a letter from Sandra Barry, President of the Maine Music Educators Association (MMEA) sharing the recording from the Maine All State Jazz Choir singing Just the Two of Us.

Dear Jazz All-State Musicians, Parents, Educators and Guests;

The Maine Music Educators Association is thrilled to present the 2020-21 Jazz All-State Festival! This performance represents a great opportunity for some of Maine’s finest high school jazz musicians to come together as ensembles and work with highly regarded jazz educators and musicians from across the United States. 

In this year of all years, the vital importance of music in our lives could not be more obvious. Great performances and favorite pieces buoy our spirits, inspire, and soothe us. Before the wonderful performances come the work. The hours of practice, preparation and effort from each individual is an accomplishment unto itself, but goes largely unseen and unheard. To our musicians and the people who support them, we thank you. We know the work is challenging, and the time and self-discipline to prepare is difficult to find. This year, you also faced isolation, technical hurdles and perhaps limited access to your teachers and peers. You did it anyway. You are a unique group of musicians who can be proud of the inclusion you earned in Maine Jazz All-State 2021. 

Planning for this yearly event begins as the final notes sound at the concert, led by Jazz Vice President Matt Waite of Millinocket. Matt’s vision, attention to detail and thorough planning has set the stage for an outstanding student (and teacher!) experience. We are so appreciative, Matt!  Special recognition goes to Instrumental Jazz Chair Becky Mallory and Managers Kyle Smith, Honors Jazz Band, Michelle Snow, SATB Jazz Choir, Pat Michaud, Jazz Combo and Mike Sakash, Jazz Band.

Before the actual festival, students prepare audition materials. An audition is like no other experience, and this year students and teachers alike had to shift to an online format. Brian Hutchinson, Auditions Chair and retired music educator from Winslow, worked all summer on behalf of MMEA to learn and modify an entirely new platform. Brian’s persistence, technical ability and background as a music educator resulted in an opportunity for over 1,000 students to  audition for state and district events this year. Brian also assembled and supported the adjudicators who heard each audition. This would not have been possible without you, Brian!  

Normally, the festival host would have put in countless hours of effort. This year our host was the internet, corralled and controlled by Webmaster Adam Metzler of Mars Hill. Adam ensured that we had Zoom Rooms galore, and provided great technical advice and expertise. Thank you, Adam!    
At every step of the way, assisting us all is MMEA Executive Director Beth LaBrie. Whether it be ordering music, delivering T-shirts or answering the endless questions, Beth guides MMEA  in all manner of details, big and small. Kudos Beth!

This festival exists because of the need to create, perform and experience music. Join me in thanking Maine’s music educators for their efforts to inspire, instruct and guide our students, culminating in this event we witness today.  Their work in these unprecedented times is nothing short of heroic. 

Finally, we thank you–parents, guardians, family, friends and community members. Your support of these musicians is a crucial factor in their success. Continue to support music education for all in any way you can. Our children need and deserve robust and exemplary music programs and opportunities throughout the state of Maine.   



Pam and Kevin

June 11, 2021

Dedicated teachers for 42 years

This is a wonderful tribute to music teachers, Kevin and Pam Rhein. They have dedicated the last 42 years to teaching. The have impacted hundreds of students in Messalonskee Schools. This is a wonderful tribute to both of them – teachers, community members, parents, friends, and colleagues. Wishing you only the very best Pam and Kevin and thank you for your commitment to education!


Music Educators Conference

March 9, 2021

2021 MMEA Virtual, May 10-15

Please join us May 10-15 for this exciting and informative professional development conference which will include over sixty live and pre-recorded offerings applicable to all areas of music education.
Live sessions will take place via Zoom between 6-8PM on weeknights and 9-noon on Saturday. 
Both the in-person and pre-recorded sessions will be archived on a password protected website and will be available for viewing at a later date. 
For questions regarding registration, please email Jon Simonoff at

CLICK HERE to register for the conference today!


Teaching Online

December 5, 2020

“Teaching an Effective Virtual Lesson” will be presented on Wednesday, December 9, 7:00 – 8:00 pm. Sarah Hoad from Saco Public Schools will be leading the session with tips and strategies for teaching online. Included will be a roundtable discussion on this suddenly-extremely-important topic.

This session is free, and is sponsored by the Maine Chapter of the American String Teachers’ Association (ASTA).
The session will be presented over Zoom. You can access the session by scanning the QR code below or email for the Zoom link.


Maine Music Survey

September 24, 2019

Supporting the work of Maine music educators

Dorie Tripp, Maine Arts Leadership Initiative summer institute, August 2017

A message from Dorie Tripp – music educator and Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader:

I am a PK-5 General Music Teacher for Maranacook Area Schools. A group of elementary Maine music educators, including myself, have been working on a project (initially facilitated by the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative – MALI). We are active Maine music teachers, from several Maine counties, who share a common interest in supporting our colleagues within our profession. Our goal is to collect information from other PK-5 General Music Teachers about what they do and what they need.
I am contacting you because we would love it if your could share our Professional Development Survey with your blog membership. If are a PK-5 General Music Teacher please complete this professional development survey (and share with other others who teach music at this level). In doing so, it will help us learn what our music teachers need/want for professional development and support. We’d greatly appreciate you completing the survey at this link

Elementary Music for ME Survey

And thank you for your time! If you have questions please don’t hesitate to contact Dorie Tripp at
Elementary Music for Maine is a group of general music teachers, who are committed to furthering music education, and supporting our music colleagues. We hope that you will take just a few short minutes to fill out the survey, so we can learn more about what types of professional development you want/need.

Eastern Division NAfME Conference

April 28, 2017

Recently in Atlantic City

Sue Barre and Argy Nestor presenting a session called Leading the Way to Proficiency Through the Arts

I had the opportunity to travel to Atlantic City, NJ for the Eastern Division NAfME conference earlier this month. The sessions were top notch, the networking opportunities were plentiful, and the performances were excellent.

Sue Barre, president of the Maine Music Educators Association and I provided a session on the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative and the work underway in Maine on proficiency based education. In addition, we served on a panel which was arranged for pre-service teachers called “Speed Interviewing – Refine Your Skills To Get a Great Job”. There were 25 pre-service students who participated and it was great listening to their answers. It made feel very hopeful about the future – we are in good hands. The participants were thoughtful, knowledgeable and prepared to step into the music classroom.

The USM Chamber Singers performed under the direction of Nicolas Alberto Dosman in the new convention hall and did a fantastic job!

My two favorite parts of the conference included the opportunity to connect with music educators and to attend the performances that included many Maine high school students.

Music educators and MALI Teacher Leaders Drew Albert, Maranacook and Ashley Albert, Brunswick High School

The following students participated in the band, orchestra, treble chorus or mixed chorus. On Saturday they performed at the old Atlantic City Convention Hall located on the boardwalk. It was amazing – I’m sure the opportunity won’t be forgotten very quickly! Congratulations students and Maine music teachers! GREAT concerts!

  • Ethan Boll, grade 11, Brunswick High School, Band Winds-Clarinet-Bb, Teacher: Michael Scarpone
  • Suzanna Butterfield, grade 12, North Yarmouth Academy, Mixed Chorus Vocal-Soprano II, Teacher: Nora Krainis
  • Mikayla Clifford, grade 12, Yarmouth High School, Treble Chorus Vocal-Alto I, Teacher: Rick Dustin
  • Grace Cowless, grade 12, Yarmouth High School, Band Winds-Bassoon Treble, Teacher: Joey Hendricks
  • Abigail Despress, grade 12, Maranacook Community High School, Chorus Vocal-Alto I, Teacher: Drew Albert
  • Hannah Flanigan, grade 12, Yarmouth High School, Orchestra Strings-Violin, Teacher: Rick Dustin
  • Xingshi (Justin) Guo, grade 12, North Yarmouth Academy, Mixed Chorus Vocal-Tenor II, Teacher: Nora Krainis
  • Amelia Hanley, grade 12, Bonny Eagle High School, Treble Chorus Vocal-Soprano I, Teacher: Allen Thomas
  • Hannah Hanson, grade 12, Lawrence High School, Mixed Chorus Vocal-Alto I, Teacher: Renee Misner
  • Elizabeth Hanson, grade 11, Yarmouth High School, Treble Chorus Vocal-Soprano II, Teacher: Richard Dustin
  • Caroline Isasi, grade 11, Greely High School, Band Winds-Clarinet-Bass, Teacher: Kevin Rollins
  • Claire Johnson, grade 11, Brunswick High School, Treble Chorus Vocal-Alto II, Teacher: Ashley Albert
  • Katherine Lind, grade 11, Bonny Eagle High School, Mixed Chorus Vocal-Soprano I, Teacher: Allen Thomas
  • Mia Love, grade 12, Bonny Eagle High School, Mixed Chorus Vocal-Soprano I, Teacher: Allen Thomas
  • Molly McGough, grade 11, Brunswick High School, Mixed Chorus Vocal-Soprano I, Teacher: Ashley Albert
  • Dylan Miller, grade 12, Edward Little High School, Mixed Chorus Vocal-Bass II, Teacher: Sarah Brooks
  • Alexander Misner, grade 12, Lawrence High School, Mixed Chorus Vocal-Bass I, Teacher: Renee Misner
  • Isabelle Morin, grade 11, Easton Jr./Sr. High School, Teacher: Pamela Kinsey
  • Elliott Nagler, grade 11, Brunswick High School, Mixed Chorus Vocal-Bass I, Teacher: Ashley Albert
  • Marisa Pierce, grade 11, Bonny Eagle High School, Mixed Chorus Vocal-Alto II, Teacher: Allen Thomas
  • Keith Prescott, grade 12, Falmouth High School, Band Winds-Flute, Teacher: Jake Sturtevant
  • Caleb Randall, grade 11, Sanford High School, Mixed Chorus Vocal-Bass I, Teacher: Jane Kirton
  • Taylor Robison, grade 12, Yarmouth High School, Orchestra Winds-Trumpet, Teacher: Rick Dustin
  • Elizabeth Roy, grade 11, Thornton Academy, Orchestra Strings-Viola, Teacher: Ann Wilkinson
  • Brian Sidders, grade 12, Greely High School, Mixed Chorus Vocal-Tenor I, Teacher: Sarah Bailey
  • Julia Silke, grade 11, Treble Voice Chorus Vocal-Soprano I, Teacher: Rebecca DeWan
  • Petra Smat, grade 12, Brunswick High School, Mixed Chorus Vocal-Alto II, Teacher: Ashley Albert
  • March Steiger, grade 11, Bonny Eagle High School, Mixed Chorus Vocal-Alto II, Teacher: Allen Thomas
  • Katherine-Helene Sullivan, grade 12, Cheverus High School, Orchestra Winds-French Horn, Teacher: Chris Humphrey
  • Genevieve Welch, grade 11, Wayneflete, Treble Voice Chorus Vocal-Soprano II, Teacher: Nick MacDonald
  • Jim Yu, grade 11, North Yarmouth Academy, Mixed Chorus Vocal-Tenor II, Teacher: Nora Kranis

USM Chamber Singers

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