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Advertisers’ Index. . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Florida Music Director Has Gone Digital.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

President’s Message. . . . . . . . . . . 5 Foundations of Choral Tone: A Proactive and Healthful
Approach to Vocal Technique and Choral Blend. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
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Foundations of
Choral Tone
A Proactive and Healthful Approach to
Vocal Technique and Choral Blend
By Alan Zabriskie

Florida State University

ow is a desirable choral sound realized while achieving blend? Answering this question
became a priority during my first years as a choral director. This question likely vexes
other choral directors. Despite a conductor’s attempts to teach students to sing with
a full, rich, vibrant sound, a choir can still produce a sound that is young, thin and bright.
Although unified and free of tension, this tone can lack substance. Some efforts to develop
choral blend seem to interfere with the desired sound because the approach causes the more
advanced students to reduce resonance and fullness in order to match those singers who are
not as advanced. The resulting overall sound conforms to the young, thin, bright tone of the less
experienced singers.
A large majority of secondary choral directors do not have a systematized approach to teach-
ing vocal technique and choral tone. A systematic approach based on pedagogical literature
and the expertise of experienced voice teachers and choral directors is needed to improve the
overall sound of choral ensembles. Thus, a teaching approach was developed that introduces
new concepts of vocal technique in a proactive rather than reactive manner and that enables the

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majority of singers to sing with fullness, richness and
vibrancy. The same concepts used in the vocal tech-
nique area are then used to achieve a sense of blend
and ensemble.1
The approach is divided into two main areas: vocal
technique and choral blend. Each of the main areas
is also divided into main and sub concepts. Posture/
breath and resonance/placement are the main con-
cepts within the area of vocal technique. Within the
choral blend area, the main concepts include vowel
unification/modification and tone quality. Specific
vocal exercises are used throughout the approach
to teach each concept to the singers. Additionally,
strategies are included for addressing the needs of
advanced and beginning singers within the same les-
son. The teaching approach has been used and found
to be highly effective in middle school, high school,
university and church choir settings.

Vocal Technique
Posture and Breath
Achieving proper posture and effective breath man-
agement is the first priority in the teaching approach.
Instruction in the approach emphasizes five elements
of posture including proper head alignment, continu-
ous expansion of the ribcage, shoulders pulled back
and down, feet placed comfortably apart and the spi-
nal column kept as straight as possible by rolling the
buttocks forward (see Figure 1). Effective breath man-
agement is accomplished through the use of Donald
Neuen’s2 five-week series of instruction for establish-
ing proper breath management. This instruction
allows the singers to learn to manage the expansion/
contraction of the abdominal wall from a slow pace
in the beginning of the series and building to a more
rapid pace at the end. In addition, two Italian breath
management terms are introduced: appogio and lotta
vocale, which aid in the maintenance of proper pos-
ture and the correct use of the abdominal muscles to
establish proper breath management.
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Foundations of
Choral Tone
Figure 1

Continued from page 13

Demonstration of
Resonance and Placement
Proper Postural
In interviews with successful choral con- Alignment
ductors and voice teachers, the achieve-
ment of balanced, resonant space and
proper placement was identified as the
highest priority in achieving proper vocal
technique and a desirable choral sound.
One voice teacher stated that students
first must learn to use their resonant spac-
es. She suggested accomplishing this by
having the students sing [ŋ] (as in “sing”).3
Once students are able to use their reso-
nant spaces, another voice teacher indi-
cated that a balanced resonance must be
sought and achieved: “It’s a chiaroscuro
situation so that you have a balance of
both light and dark sound.”4
Thus, to establish proper resonance
space, the singers are taught the locations
of the naso-pharynx, the oro-pharynx and
the laryngo-pharynx and are instructed The singers also receive instruction use terms that are strictly for vocal use.
regarding achievement of proper space regarding proper placement of the sound To develop the chiaro (bright or forward)
with the oro- and laryngo-pharynxes and within the oral cavity. The vocal pedago- sound, the [n] consonant is used in con-
creating sensations of vibration within gy terms chiaro and oscuro are introduced junction with the [i] (as in “me”) and [e]
the naso-pharynx (see Figure 2). in place of the words bright and dark to (as in “may”) vowels.

1: Resonance
1: Resonance
VIDEO Figure 2 Location of

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SOUND CLIP 1: Chiaro

VIDEO 2: Chiaro

Following are two exercise

examples for chiaro placement:
Exercise 1
SOUND CLIP 1: Oscuro
CLIP 2: Chiaro

VIDEO 2: Oscuro
VIDEO 3: Chiaro
Exercise 2

The oscuro (dark or round) tone quality is achieved

through an open [ŋ] (as in “sing”) sound sung
with the mouth open and through vowels [u] (as in
“moon”) and [o] (as in “note”).
Following is an exercise example for oscuro place-
Exercise 3

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Foundations of Choral Tone
Continued from page 15

VIDEO 4: Placement Meter

The balanced chiaroscuro sound is
achieved by working for a somewhat
centered placement of the sound while
maintaining proper resonant space. A
physical activity that is helpful in finding
the proper balance is a “placement meter.”

Placement Meter
The finger is placed at the side of the
mouth and is directed toward the intend-
ed placement (i.e., forward for the chiaro
placement, backward for the oscuro place-
ment and straight up for the chiaroscuro


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Once the proper sensation is achieved through use
of the placement meter, the [hʌŋ] (“hung”) syllable
CLIP 3: Chiaroscuro
CLIP 1: Chiaro
combined with the [a] (as in “hot”) vowel achieves
the desired quality. Following are two exercise
examples for the chiaroscuro placement: VIDEO 5: Chiaroscuro
VIDEO 2: Chiaro

Exercise 4

Exercise 5

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Foundations of Choral Tone
Continued from page 17

The mastery of placement of chiaro, oscuro and the balanced chiaroscuro is an important aspect of the vocal technique of
the singers for the alteration of tone quality discussed below.

Choral Blend and Alteration of Tone Quality

General unification and modification become familiar with IPA vowel sym- lables are divided into primary and
of vowels are also used as a health- bols, the proper vowel sounds for each vanish vowels. When singing a sus-
ful means for achieving choral blend. word are more easily established and tained note, a majority of time is spent
Vowels are colored bright or dark as agreed upon throughout the ensemble. on the primary vowel, with the vanish
required by the type of music being Diphthongs (words with two or more vowel occurring at the ictus of a cut-off
sung. Lip position plays a large part vowel sounds in one syllable) present a or the entrance of the following word.
in the quality of vowels created. The difficult challenge for achieving vowel Following is an example of the IPA
most commonly created vowel color is unification. To achieve unification of symbols and occurrence of the proper
produced with loose, relaxed lips with vowels when singing diphthongs, syl- vowel symbols:
the tongue pinned forward to the back
of the bottom teeth. Lip position is then Exercise 6
altered to create differences in sound
Vowel unification is achieved
through the use of the International
Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). As students

VIDEO 6: Modification Ascend

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VIDEO 7: Modification Ascend
Additionally, as pitches ascend and descend,
vowels must be modified to create an evenness
of tone quality throughout the range. Without
modification, a reduction of the oscuro place-
ment occurs as pitches ascend. To accommodate
this, when ascending, vowels should become
more open and placement should be directed
more toward the oscuro. A reduction of the chiaro
placement occurs as pitches descend; there-
fore, when descending, vowels should become
more closed and placement should be directed
more toward the chiaro. The following exercise
indicates the appropriate means of modifying

Exercise 7

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Tone Quality

Addressing the alteration of tone quality in a healthful manner is important for both the achievement of choral
blend and for meeting the stylistic requirements of different styles of music. Tone quality is most healthfully
altered by placing the sound toward five different resonance areas or Resonance Factors5:
Resonance Factor 1: The chiaro tone quality that employs full forward placement. This Resonance Factor is
used when the brightest sound is desired.
Resonance Factor 2: Placement between chiaro and chiaroscuro. This Resonance Factor is used when the
desired placement is forward, but not as bright as the chiaro.
Resonance Factor 3: The chiaroscuro, or balanced tone quality. This Resonance Factor is a balance of the chiaro
and oscuro tone qualities.
Resonance Factor 4: Placement between chiaroscuro and oscuro. This Resonance Factor is used when the
desired placement is backward, but not as dark as the oscuro.
Resonance Factor 5: The oscuro tone quality that employs full backward placement. This Resonance Factor is
used when the darkest sound is desired.7

Having worked with place-

ment for several weeks within
the approach, when the stu-
dents are asked to produce
the different resonance fac-
tors, they easily make the
change with dramatic, health-
ful results, especially through
the use of the placement
In addition, use of an X/Y
graph6 serves to specify the
extent of lyric/dramatic and
chiaro/oscuro for a given piece.
Conductor and singers are
able to discuss the stylistic
characteristics of each piece
and plot a point together that
indicates the desired place-
ment (chiaro/oscuro) according
to the above mentioned reso-
nance factors and the overall
depth of sound (lyric/dra-

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of Choral
Continued from page 20

The purpose of the teaching approach was to aid in the devel-
opment of a choral sound that was full, rich and vibrant
while still achieving blend. As areas of vocal technique and
choral blend are addressed in a systematic, proactive manner,
a desirable choral sound and blend can be achieved.
Introducing the students to new vocabulary for vocal tech-
nique enables them to quickly grasp the intended concepts.
As students master the chiaro and the oscuro and balanced
chiaroscuro placement areas, proper vocal technique is the
result. These terms also provide specific tools for the students
to alter their individual tone qualities in a healthful manner
without eliminating individualities of their own voices. Thus,
this systematic approach that uses a new and proactive
vocabulary for vocal technique creates a choral sound that is
full, rich and vibrant as well as malleable for the singing of
varying styles of music.

Allred, Caroline. Interview by Author, Salt Lake City, UT, 26 November
2004. Digital recording.
Haasemann, Frauke, and James Jordan. Group Vocal Technique—The
Book. Chapel Hill: Hinshaw Music, Inc., 1991.
Miller, Richard. The Structure of Singing: System and Art in Vocal
Technique. New York: Schirmer Books, 1986.
Neuen, Donald. Choral Concepts. New York: Schirmer, 2002.
Ottley, Jerold and JoAnn. Interview by Author, Salt Lake City, UT, 26
November 2004. Digital recording.
Power, David. Interview by Author, Salt Lake City, UT, 10 November
2004. Digital recording.

The teaching approach with lessons for each concept and further
explanation have been published in a book Foundations of Choral
Tone: A Proactive and Healthy Approach to Vocal Technique and Choral
Blend. Books can be purchased from Beethoven & Company, (877)
543-8700 or
Donald Neuen, Choral Concepts (New York: Schirmer, 2002).
Caroline Allred, interview by author, Salt Lake City, UT, 26
November 2004.
David Power, interview by author, Salt Lake City, UT, 10 November
Gerald and Joanne Ottley, interview by author, Salt Lake City, UT, 26
November 2004.
Brian Bentley, interview by author, Salt Lake City, UT, 12 November
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Reprinted from TMEC Connection, Fall 2007, Vol. 22, No. 1

This is the final installment of a series of illustrated articles designed for music teachers and
students who want to explore the science behind music.

How Sound Works

part 3

How Environment
Affects Sound

By Dave Sebald, Ph.D.

any physical explanations of how sound works limit their

coverage to the parameters discussed in the previous article
of this series, that is, frequency, amplitude, waveform and
time. While these parameters provide a basic theoretical framework for understand-
ing the physical nature of sound, what actually reaches our ears is not quite so cleanly
described. In reality, the sound we hear is complicated by the environment in which
it travels. Even when we listen to music through isolating headphones, environmental
factors are almost always present in the form of artificially produced reverbs, choruses,
delays, equalizers and similar audio processors. This sonic sweetening is added to
make the sound more “real,” or at least not unpleasantly dry and characterless.
The major environmental factor affecting sound as it travels from source to receiver
is the presence of physical obstacles. Except for experimental situations, people always
experience sound in a setting that contains some kind of barriers: walls, ceilings,
objects or perhaps just the ground beneath their feet. Whatever the obstructions are,
they greatly affect the sound the listener receives.

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How Sound Works Continued from page 25

When a sound wave meets a barrier, only a few things can happen to it. It can be
transmitted through the barrier; it can be absorbed by the barrier; it can be reflected by the
barrier; it can be diffracted around the barrier; and/or it can be refracted (its direction of
travel bent) through the barrier. In all likelihood, most or all of these things will happen
simultaneously to a greater or lesser degree depending on the type and composition of
the barrier. Here are a few specifics:
Transmission and Absorption Reflection
Although we think of air as only a trans- When sound waves hit a barrier, the
mitter of sound, it is also an absorber. energy that is not absorbed or transmitted
As sound waves travel, the mechanical through the material is reflected. Both the
energy present in their compressions size of the environment and the place-
and rarefactions eventually transforms ment of the listener affect the time delay
into heat energy and dissipates. (That’s between perception of the direct sound
lucky for us, or it would be a cacopho- and the first reflection. If the time delay
nous world!) Conversely, barriers that is short, the effect is that of a “fatter”
we think of as absorbers of sound are sound—another phenomenon that many
also transmitters. The difference is only current recording engineers like to emu-
a matter of degree. late. As the delay grows beyond about 30

Representation of Sound Waves in Air (left) Entering a Solid (right)

Some of the energy is transmitted while some is transformed into heat. Notice that even though
the waves in the solid are spaced farther apart, they are traveling faster so the frequency remains
the same.

Sound absorption is greater for high- milliseconds, the effect becomes a more
frequency sounds than for low-frequency distinct echo. Our brains can quite accu-
sounds. In air, the loss of energy through rately infer the size of the environment
absorption alone—that is, not counting from this initial delay.
loss caused by other factors like distance Incidentally, solid objects are not the
and humidity—is proportional to the only type of barriers that cause sound
square of the frequency. In other words, reflection. The change of impedance, or
for each doubling of frequency, absorp- springiness, at the end of an enclosed
tion quadruples. Knowing this, recording tube of air also reflects traveling compres-
engineers often reduce the amplitude on sions and rarefactions back up the tube.
the upper end of the sound’s frequency At some point along this air column, the
spectrum to make its source seem farther traveling initial wave and the traveling
away. reflected wave meet with a 180-degree
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phase differential. This is a node point
where the pressure is effectively at zero
all the time. At another point along the
tube, an antinode point, the two waves
reinforce each other for maximum pres-
sure changes. In woodwind instruments,
a small vent at this point will force the
air column to vibrate in parts, effectively
moving its vibration frequency to the next
higher harmonic. Representation of Sound Waves Traveling Past the Edge of a Wall
In an auditorium or any other per-
formance environment, echoes and re-
echoes continue to bounce from the back
wall, the side walls, ceiling, floor, seats
and any other objects so many times that
what we hear morphs from echo into
reverberation. The length of the rever-
beration, that is, the time it takes to fade
by 60 dB, allows our brains to infer the
“liveness” of the environment or, in other
words, an image of the room’s size, con- Waves tend to reform after the barrier. Long waves reform better than short waves.
figuration and barrier materials. A certain
amount of reverberation is a necessary
part of a pleasurable listening experience Refraction Conclusion
although too much can be confusing and As was mentioned in Part 1 of this series, Investigating human perception of sound
annoying, as anyone who has listened to sound waves travel at different speeds can be a highly complex study, but that
a marching band in an enclosed stadium through different media, yet the frequen- study can be made easier and more mean-
can verify. cy we hear remains the same. This implies ingful by acquiring a basic understanding
that as sound energy transfers from one of how sound works outside the human
Diffraction material into and through another, its organism, that is, measurable, physical
Unlike light waves, sound waves can dif- wavelength changes. For example, a 1000 acoustics as opposed to perceptual psy-
fract, that is, bend around corners. This Hz tone, which has a wavelength of 1.128 choacoustics. While by no means exhaus-
is because a pressure disturbance of air feet as it travels through air, will sud- tive, this series of articles has tried to
molecules tends to spread in all direc- denly have a wavelength of 4.75 feet when present an overview of some well estab-
tions. If a traveling wave passes the edge it hits water. If a wave hits a barrier at an lished basic principles related to physical
of a wall, some of its energy at the edge angle, the speed change forces a direc- acoustics in an attempt to build a frame-
spreads around the corner rather than tional change commonly called refrac- work for a deeper investigation of how
continuing in a straight trajectory. This is tion. It is the same phenomenon as seeing sound and music affect us all.
more pronounced for long waves than for a pencil “bend” when it is immersed in a
short waves, so a person standing behind glass of water.
a barrier will notice more attenuation of Even a difference in air temperature Dave Sebald, Ph.D.,
high sounds than of low sounds. This, is enough to cause a slight refraction of is associate professor
of course, affects timbre perception of sound waves because sound travels faster of music and director
complex waveforms. It is also why place- at higher temperatures and slower at low of the music technol-
ment of a subwoofer in an audio room is temperatures. Under the right conditions, ogy program at The
of less importance than placement of a this can cause a listener farther away University of Texas at
mid-range and high-range speaker; the from a sound source to hear it better than San Antonio.
low sound is perceived as less directional. one who is closer.
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FMEA 2009 Hall of Fame Inductee
This prestigious award honors individuals for outstanding contributions over an extended period of time to
music and education in Florida as well as throughout the nation.

Congratulations to A. Byron Smith,

2010 Hall of Fame inductee

A. Byron Smith was born Dec. 18, 1943, From 1993 until 1996, Byron and Bobbie
the third child of Audie and Adelaide Smith managed the registration desk for
Smith of Tallahassee. He was educated the FMEA conference, specializing in
in the Leon County Schools through the “problem solving.”
12th grade and received a B.M.E. from Dr. Smith was married to his FSU col-
Florida State University in 1966. He taught lege sweetheart, Bobbie, in 1965. They
choral music at Rickards High School have two married sons and four grand-
from August 1966 through June 1975. children (Kevin and Valerie with son
He moved to Lincoln High School upon Cooper Aaron and daughter Colby Ann,
its opening, serving as choral director and Chris and Tammy with daughters
from 1975 until his retirement in June Abigail Leigh and Christina Grace).
1996. Throughout his career, Dr. Smith From 1962 through 1981, Dr. Smith
consistently received superior ratings at served as choir director at numerous
district and state choral festivals as well Baptist churches in the Tallahassee area.
as regional and national choral festivals. From 1981 through 1998, he served as the
He produced 22 Broadway shows and part-time director of music at Killearn
annually conducted his choirs in festivals United Methodist Church. In addition to
and numerous concerts, including at St. the traditional service music, he produced
Patrick’s Cathedral and Carnegie Hall in through December 1994, he served as 13 dinner theaters, raising over $20,000
New York City. In the summer of 1983, he interim executive director of FMEA, for the choir ministry of the church. He
conducted the Florida Youth Chorale in keeping the Tallahassee office together became full time in that position in 1998
concerts in Holland, Germany, London while the leadership searched for a new until his retirement in October 2009.
and the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. executive director and planned the 1995 During those years, that ministry included
During the early years at Rickards, Dr. In-Service Clinic-Conference. From 1995 a 65-voice adult choir, a mixed ensemble, a
Smith served two terms as district choral through 1998, he served as treasurer of men’s quartet and a 25-piece orchestra.
chairman. In 1970, he received a cer- FMEA. From 1992 through 1998, Dr. Smith Bobbie served faithfully with him in those
tificate of voice and an M.M. from Florida was the coordinator of the annual Florida ministries for 46 years.
State University. Youth Chorale performances in Carnegie Dr. Smith is a member of Phi Mu Alpha
From 1981 to 1987, Dr. Smith served Hall, conducted by world-famous choral Sinfonia and Phi Kappa Delta. He has
FVA as president-elect, president and vice conductors. served as clinician for numerous county
president. In 1985, he received the doc- In 1996, he was named Teacher of the choral clinics, and he conducted the
tor of education in music education from Year at Lincoln High School and FMEA Florida All-State Women’s Chorus in 2000.
Florida State University. At the comple- Music Educator of the Year. The Florida In his retirement, he continues to serve as
tion of his leadership term with FVA, he Collegiate MENC named him to its Hall an adjudicator for district and state choral
was elected by FMEA to serve as presi- of Fame in 1998, and he was awarded evaluation festivals in the southeast
dent-elect, president and vice president the FMEA Leadership Award in Music region.
from 1987 through 1993. From August Education in 1999.
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FMEA 2009 Awards Presentations
Superintendent of the Year Teacher of the Year in 1986, 1996 and 2009. She is a certified adjudicator
The FMEA Superintendent of the Year designation is awarded to the Florida for FVA MPAs.
school district superintendent who is not a professional music educator, Ms. Nathan is a role model for her peers and an inspiration to her
but has displayed ardent support of his or her district’s school music students. She combines structure and discipline with love and concern as
programs. This award recognizes leadership, excellence in encouragement she challenges those around her to put forth their best. Her choral program
and promotion of music education in Florida schools. The recipient must ranks among the top in Florida, with her choirs consistently earning
have demonstrated significant efforts in support of music education superior ratings at FVA MPAs. She exemplifies responsible leadership in
resulting in awareness or enhancement of the county music program. her district and in FVA by serving in many different capacities. Her great
strength of character is proven as she handles all situations with dignity
Congratulations to Superintendent and with delightful humor. Although Ms. Nathan is recently retired from
Michael A. Grego from Osceola County; the classroom, she volunteers at the district level and in classrooms
nominated by John Stewart on behalf of throughout Brevard County on a regular basis. She is a tremendous asset
Osceola County music teachers. to music education.
Michael A. Grego, Ed.D., began work
as superintendent for the School District Congratulations to Elementary Music
of Osceola County in July 2008, having Educator of the Year LuAnne Leone,
come from Hillsborough County, where he music teacher at Embassy Creek
served as an assistant superintendent Elementary School in Broward County;
of curriculum and instruction. Dr. Grego nominated by Robert Todd on behalf of
attended the State University of New York for his undergraduate degree FEMEA.
followed by a master’s of education from Illinois State University. His LuAnne Leone is the music specialist
educational leadership and doctoral degrees were earned at the University at Embassy Creek Elementary School
of South Florida. in Cooper City, Fla. With her decorated
In just a very short time, Dr. Grego has implemented numerous programs career spanning over two decades, she
in Osceola County that have resulted in increased levels of student has taught both elementary and middle school students in Broward County.
achievement, improved teacher training and resources and increased She holds a B.M. degree from West Virginia University and is national board
levels of community collaboration and communication. Despite the certified in early middle childhood music.
most challenging budget cuts Osceola County has ever seen, Dr. Grego’s Ms. Leone is a powerful force in the field of music education. Her passion
commitment to music education has not just sustained but strengthened for children and her dedication to the music profession are evidenced
programs at all levels. Dr. Grego is certainly a champion for the arts in by the many initiatives and projects in which she is involved throughout
Osceola County. the community, county, state and nation. Her leadership in the Broward
Music Educators Association has played a key role in the advancement of
Music Educators of the Year music education in Broward County and the creation and implementation
The Music Educator of the Year designation is awarded to the music of revolutionary ideas in delivery of instruction and assessment. She
educator who has served his or her students, community and profession in continues to mentor new music educators, tutor field experience students
an exemplary manner. This award recognizes outstanding merit in music and supervise student teachers, thereby expanding the scope and sequence
teaching. The recipient must have demonstrated notable achievements as of education. At the state level, she has proudly served as District I
a music education professional for 10 or more years. chairwoman, FEMEA president-elect, president and past president.

Congratulations to Secondary Music Distinguished Service

Educator of the Year Ree Nathan, The Distinguished Service designation is awarded to persons or
recently retired choral director from organizations outside the field of professional music education. This
Central Middle School in Brevard award recognizes exceptional service to or support of music education. The
County; nominated by Beth Cummings recipient(s) must have demonstrated noteworthy contributions to music
on behalf of FVA. education with statewide impact preferred.
Ree Nathan received her A.A. in music
from Graceland College and went on to Congratulations to Andrea Barr and Tyrone Ramos of Apple Inc.;
attain a B.M. degree from the University nominated by Janice Lancaster.
of Akron. Her educational leadership The Hands-On Music Technology Lab has been a huge success each
degree was granted from Nova Southeastern University. She started her year since its inaugural implementation at the 2007 FMEA In-Service
teaching career at Holland Elementary School but soon after moved on Clinic-Conference. One of the key vendors for the lab has been Apple
to teach choral music at the middle school level. After a two-year term Inc., with services provided by two of its outstanding employees, Andrea
at Stone Middle School, Ms. Nathan spent 31 years teaching the choral Barr and Tyrone Ramos. Without their computers, support and time, the
program at Central Middle School in Brevard County, where she was named conference technology lab would not have been possible. Their dedication
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to the success of this project began with an enthusiastic “yes” to an initial Leadership
request for 20 computers from Apple for the 2007 conference. At the 2009 The Leadership designation is awarded to an individual who demonstrates
conference, Apple provided 30 computer workstations to accommodate the outstanding and sustained skill in a leadership or an administrative
large number of participants attending the Technology Lab. In addition capacity and who carries the mission of FMEA forward throughout the
to gathering and delivering computers, Ms. Barr and Mr. Ramo set up the state and/or the nation. The recipient must have demonstrated notable
workstations in the lab and load software as well as provide support during achievements as a leader in promotion of music education and a continued
the conference. In addition, they present sessions and share their software/ commitment to the profession.
hardware expertise throughout the conference.
Congratulations to Michael Parks, fine
Andrea Barr is a senior account representative for arts/instrumental music resource
Apple Computer in Central Florida. She brings over teacher with Orange County Public
nine years of experience with Apple, four of which Schools; nominated by Heather Burdick.
are in education technology integration. She holds As a graduate of Colonial High School
a B.A. in liberal arts from State University of New in Orlando, Michael Parks is a product
York, Purchase. of the Orange County school system
that he serves. He holds a B.A., with
Tyrone Ramos, Jr., is a senior systems engineer for an emphasis in music education, from
Apple Inc. for Central and South Florida. He brings Florida Technological University and an
14 years of experience in education technology M.E., with an emphasis in music education, from the University of Central
integration. He holds a B.S. degree in computer Florida. Mr. Parks has served as the fine arts/music resource teacher for
science from Loyola College in Maryland. the Orange County Public Schools for the past 19 years. He has also served
as an adjunct professor at both the University of Central Florida and the
University of South Florida. In addition, he is an adjudicator for district
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FMEA 2009 Awards Presentations
Continued from page 31

and state MPAs. In 1999, he was inducted into the Florida Collegiate MENC Concert Series and assisting the underserved internationally.
Hall of Fame for his exemplary work with college music students. Mr. Parks Dr. Galliford’s notable achievements have a great impact on music
has been invited to conduct both all-county and All-State bands and educators across the state and the thousands of students they teach. She
orchestras. has been an active member of MENC, FMEA and FEMEA throughout her
Mr. Parks has shown outstanding leadership in building quality music distinguished career. She actively participates in the FEMEA Elementary
programs in Central Florida and has inspired students and teachers to Curriculum Fair, outlining best practices, current research and early
build quality music programs throughout the state. He works with people childhood trends each year at the FMEA Annual In-Service Clinic-
on each step of the career ladder to ensure that music programs are of Conference. Dr. Galliford regularly submits session proposals and has
the highest quality. He mentors college students on interviewing for their been hailed as one of FEMEA’s strongest clinicians year in and year out.
first jobs and on becoming quality teachers. He then works with principals, Her contributions and commitment to the profession are inspirational. Dr.
sending them resumes and helping on both sides of the interview process Galliford’s passion for Florida’s youngest musicians resonates through the
to find the best candidates. Once teachers are hired, Mr. Parks connects many projects she has piloted and continues to supervise in her community
each one to a mentor, comes out personally to watch them teach, offers and beyond. In January 2009, she arranged for several Miami families to
feedback and gets to know each one as a person. For veteran teachers, travel to the FEMEA convention in Tampa so that Florida teachers could
he sends frequent memos and bulletins that inspire and guide teachers experience a “demonstration group” of 6-year-old students.
through the ups and downs of the school year. Mr. Parks inspires the
directors to think big about clinicians for the all-county performances and Innovative Projects
then secures the resources to have top-quality conductors come to Orange The Innovative Program/Project designation is awarded to an individual
County to serve as mentors for both directors and students. He attends or a group for meritorious, innovative programs or projects completed in
every MPA in the district to know firsthand where the directors’ strengths the field of music education. The selected program/project should have a
and weaknesses are in an effort to provide support and resources to all significant, positive impact on students, music educators and/or the
schools throughout the county. When Mr. Parks’ colleague Carolyn Minear state/community.
left to further her studies, the requirements and demands of his job
description grew significantly. How would he possibly serve all of the music
teachers in one of the largest school systems in the county? In the true art
of leadership, Mr. Parks had fostered the leadership skills within his own
music educators in Orange County so that he was able to successfully meet
the challenge.

College Music Educators

The College Music Educators designation is awarded to a college music
educator who has served his or her students, community and profession in
an exemplary manner. The award recognizes outstanding merit in college-
level music teaching or music administration. The recipient must have
demonstrated notable achievements as a music education professional for
10 or more years.
Congratulations to Mariner Middle School in Lee County for the
Congratulations to Dr. Joy Galliford from Secondary Innovative Project “Reading Comes Alive With the
the University of Miami; nominated by Sound of Music”; nominated by band director Gaetano Ferlazzo.
LuAnne Leone on behalf of FEMEA. At the conclusion of the 2005-2006 school year, Gaetano Ferlazzo,
Joy Galliford, Ph.D., is a lecturer and band director at Mariner Middle School, decided to commission music
researcher for the University of Miami written for the Mariner Middle School band program. His idea that year
Frost School of Music. A native of has evolved into a four-year program to commission new music each year.
Reedville, W.V., Dr. Galliford attended the Each individual project has a specific theme or idea for an interdisciplinary
University of Miami, where she received a unit. During the 2008-2009 school year, the commissioned music was part
bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. in music of a project between the band and eighth grade language art teachers.
education. She is well known as Dr. Joy in Darcy Jackson and Pamela Harmon, eight grade language arts teachers,
South Florida, where she teaches students ranging in age from birth to 92. selected The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi for all eighth grade
Her intense striving for excellence is demonstrated in every aspect of students to read and study. Composer Jason K. Nitsch was commissioned
Dr. Galliford’s life. She has proven herself as an educator and a mentor to write a descriptive piece of music that followed the sequence of events
not only in the classroom but in such public settings as director of music in the novel. He delivered the music, The Improbable Journey, in January,
for Kendall United Methodist Church, concert host for the Mainly Mozart and the advanced band began learning the piece that was presented to
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the entire eighth grade in May. The students were asked to analyze the recognition for the school and the music program. Parents state that their
music according to the setting, characters and plot of the novel they had children who have been involved express a keen interest in continuing in a
read earlier in the year. The language arts students wrote a review of the music program at the middle school level.
concert. The music stretched the imaginations and the mental images that Julie Hebert has been teaching elementary music in Manatee and
music can produce in each student’s mind. Sarasota counties for 11 years. She received her B.M.E. from the University
Gaetano Ferlazzo has been a band director in Florida for over 26 years. As of Central Florida in 1999 and her M.E. in educational leadership from the
a graduate of the University of Miami, Mr. Ferlazzo has taught at the high University of South Florida in 2009. Ms. Hebert is a national board certified
school and middle school levels. Darcy Jackson has taught language arts teacher and serves as the District II chairwoman on the FEMEA Board.
for 24 years in Florida, and Pamela Harmon has taught language arts for
the past six years after 25 years in the health-care industry. Administrator of the Year
The Administrator of the Year designation is awarded to a school
administrator who is not a professional music educator but who displays
ardent support of the school’s music program. This award recognizes
leadership, excellence in encouragement and promotion of music education
in Florida schools. The recipient must have demonstrated significant efforts
in support of music education resulting in awareness or enhancement of
the school’s music program and allocation of resources.

Congratulations to Mark Alan

Tormoen from Viera High School
in Brevard County; nominated by
Wayne Bresette.
Mark Alan Tormoen is principal
of Viera High School in Viera, Fla.
He holds a B.S. degree (1990)
and an M.E. (1995) from the
Congratulations to Gene Witt Elementary in Manatee County and music University of Central Florida. He
teacher Julie Hebert for the Elementary Innovative Project “Witt Music served as principal of Clearlake
All-Nighter”; nominated by Anita Travaglino on behalf of FEMEA. Middle School for four years before
The Witt Music All-Nighter is an annual reward party for members of the opening Viera High School in 2005.
Eagle Choir and the Gene Witt Orffestra. The All-Nighter is a themed music Viera High School has been ranked academically in the top 20 high schools
party at school that lasts all night long! Themes have included Caribbean, in the state based on FCAT for the past three years in a row.
African, Asian and American music as well as a jungle theme. The event Mr. Tormoen had an early vision of a comprehensive, successful music
is a reward for satisfactory behavior, good citizenship and attendance at program, which became a reality due to the unwavering support of his
rehearsals and performances. The young musicians are rewarded for their teachers and students. His expectation was to involve a large portion of
hard work and commitment to the ensembles. Since implementing the the student population and to develop a music program that was a primary
All-Nighter, the choir has grown from 50 members to 120 members in four source of school spirit and pride. As the school was being built, the music
years. Music teacher Julie Herbert used to have a difficult time recruiting program was already off and running with proper staffing, equipment,
boys to be in choir, but since implementing the All-Nighter, one-third of the music and community support in place. Viera High School opened with
choir members are now boys. The evening is structured so that students 900 students and two instructors teaching 110 students enrolled in two
and parents rotate through various music centers. Each center focuses band classes, two string orchestra classes, a jazz band, three choirs and
on one activity that is planned around the All-Nighter theme. Examples of two piano classes. Viera High School is now home to 2,000 students and
some of the centers that have been offered are music games, black light boasts three full-time instructors teaching more than 400 students in
fun, movement/dance, singing, Orff instruments, recorders and drama. three concert bands, three jazz bands, a string orchestra, a full symphony
Music colleagues from throughout the surrounding counties volunteer orchestra, instrumental techniques, AP Music Theory, four choirs, a piano
to facilitate a center. The All-Nighter offers parents a way to participate course and American Musical Theatre. Students testify that Mr. Tormoen
in hands-on music making with their children since the chaperones are never misses a performance, taking a front row seat. The next day he can
encouraged to participate in the center activities. In addition, the students be found stopping students in the hallways to compliment them on their
benefit from the expertise of the guest music facilitators in each center. improvised jazz solos.
The Witt-Music All Nighter is not just a fun, motivating and rewarding
event; it is an educational and enriching opportunity for students and
adults alike. In addition, this event attracts plenty of positive public

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FMEA 2009 Awards Presentations

Twenty-Five Year Service Award

The Twenty-Five Year Service designation is awarded to music educators Apollo Elementary School Osceola Elementary School
who have been active in music education for 25 years or more. This award Principal: Dr. Pamella R. O’Kell Principal: Susan Roberts
recognizes the outstanding service of our members who have committed Music Teacher: Sheila King Music Teacher: Janine Jones
themselves to this profession for most of their adult lives. This year, we will Davenport School of the Arts Southwest Middle School
celebrate 412 total years of teaching among the following honorees: Principal: Brian Kier Principal: Todd Scheuerer
Beth K. Amato...................................................................................32 years Music Teachers: Mary Anne Suggs, Music Teachers: Andrea Boley,
Greg Carswell....................................................................................33 years Kyle Guira, Kendra Menzie, Tamara Lewis, Dr. Thomas Silliman,
DaLaine Chapman............................................................................25 years Sarah Smokay Michael Sperr
George Eloys, Jr.................................................................................34 years Discovery Elementary School
Dr. Joy Galliford.................................................................................26 years
Erma L. Gillian..................................................................................43 years
Principal: Dawna Bobersky Honorable Mention
Music Teachers: Cindy Dain, Sabal Elementary School
Hannah V. Heffington........................................................................25 years Rebekah Villanueva Principal: Stephanie Hall
Gail Jacobs........................................................................................26 years
Manatee Elementary School Music Teachers: Michelle Couch,
Denise Corradino Legan....................................................................26 years
Principal: Carl Brown Michelle Hudson, Tim Ashe
Karen A. Lewis...................................................................................26 years
Shirley A. Miller.................................................................................26 years Music Teacher: Sharon Lester
Tammy Roggen..................................................................................25 years Oak Park Elementary School
Sandy Rosengren..............................................................................28 years Principal: Ronald Dedmon
Sheryl R. Shafer................................................................................37 years Music Teacher: Mary Jackson

Middle/High School Music Enrollment Awards

The Middle and High School Music Enrollment Award is presented to music programs demonstrating high enrollment in
music courses. This award recognizes the effectiveness of programs that offer attractive music curricula as well as those
that excel in the recruitment and retention of students. Schools hold the award for three years. They may be looked to as
models of quality programming, scheduling, recruitment and retention of students.
Surfside Middle School.........35% Indian Trails Middle Fruit Cove Middle School......49% McLaughlin Middle School and
Michelle Birdwell – Band School...................................43% Don Isabelle – Band Fine Arts Academy................65%
Fred Mullen – Chorus Stephanie Hart – Chorus Jeff Staffaroni – Keyboard, Chorus Lisa Walker – Band
Coleman Middle School........36% Monique McIntyre – Band & Musical Theater David Fisher – Guitar
Christopher Dunn – Band Williams IB Middle School....43% Blankner School....................53% Gian Monacelli – Orchestra
Ed Thanz – Orchestra Robert Halczyn – Orchestra Courtney Coker – Band Seth Pendergast – Chorus

Calvary Christian Leslie Wolfe – Band Maudrie Sleming – Chorus Keswick Christian School ....66%
Academy................................37% Woodland Middle School.......43% Gotha Middle School.............55% Steve Harris – Band
James Mullen – Band Seth Gardner – Guitar & Chorus Jodi Wunsch – Band Chanda Mangiaracina – Chorus
Monica Colon – Chorus David Wing – Band & Keyboard Edith Young – Chorus St. Joseph Catholic
Kathryn Salinas – Chorus Florida State Lynne Rudzik – Orchestra School...................................73%
Howard Middle School..........39% University School..................45% Benjamin Veligdan – Guitar William Lindner – Band
Aaron W. Penfield – Chorus Terice Allen – Orchestra James Madison St. Mark’s Episcopal
Melissa Sandusky – Band John Buckley – Band Middle School........................56% School.................................109%
Freedom Middle School........39% Deborah Meade – Chorus Paul Jackson – Orchestra, Bethany Barfield – Band
John Antmann – Band Wilson Middle School............45% Percussion & Guitar Lillie Gelfand – Chorus
Jennifer Rhodes – Orchestra Kristy Dell – Band Dustin Werner – Band
Timothy Fox – Orchestra & Guitar Dennis Phillips – Chorus & guitar
Adams Middle School............43%
Judith Romera – Chorus
Nancy Barlar – Band
William Baran – Orchestra

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FMEA Awards History

Hall of Fame Music Educator of Parker Elementary School 2006 Dr. Richard A. DiPatri,
Laureates the Year 1993 Joan P. Kowal, Superintendent, Brevard
1968 Harold B. Bachman 1989 Elaine McNamara Superintendent, Volusia County Public Schools
1969 Otto Kraushaar 1990 Doris Hotaling County Schools 2007 (no award was given)
1970 Florence Stumpf 1991 Anne Folsom 1993 Lowell Hockett, Principal, 2008 Dr. Gail McKenzie,
1992 Andrew Wright Phillip Shores Elementary Superintendent, Polk County
1971 Marguerite S. Porter
School Public Schools
1972 Fred McCall 1992 Andrew J. Crew
1994 Daniel Scheuerer, Assistant 2009 Brenda Nolte, Principal,
1973 Peter J. Gustat 1993 Virginia A. Bridges Superintendent, Brevard Burns Middle School
1973 John J. Heney 1994 Cindy Lippert County
1974 Leander A. Kirksey 1994 James E. Forssell 1994 Ronald Armstrong, Conference Service
1975 A. Lyman Wiltse 1995 Judith Peterson Evans Principal, Lantana Award
1976 Karl Kuersteiner 1996 A. Byron Smith Elementary School 1995 Claudia Davidsen
1977 (no award given) 1997 Janice Rivers Lancaster 1995 David Goldstein, Principal,
Forest Glen Middle School Leadership Award
1978 Roy V. Wood 1997 Patricia L. Arnett 1995 Mary Palmer
1979 Reid Poole 1997 Joyce Ann Jordan-DeCarbo 1996 Joesph Worsham, Principal,
Cypress Creek High School 1996 Bobby Adams
1980 Wallace P. Gause 1998 Carolyn E. Reynolds 1997 Andre Arrouet
1997 William R. Renuart,
1981 Wiley L. Housewright 1998 Christopher P. Doane 1998 Claudia Davidsen
Superintendent, Dade
1982 William V. LeDue 1999 Artie Almeida County Public Schools 1999 Byron Smith
1983 Richard W. Bowles 1999 Edna S. Hargrett 1998 Lauren C. Sullivan, 2000 F. Lewis Jones
1984 Frances Deen 1999 R. Gary Langford Principal, Interlachen 2001 Dr. Kathleen D. Sanz
1984 David Wilmot 2000 Harold G. Bradley Elementary School 2002 Margaret Griffin
1985 William P. Foster 2000 Shelby R. Fullerton 1998 Harriet A. Coleman, 2003 Pearl Krepps
1986 Peggy Joyce Barber 2000 Dr. Bentley Shellahamer Principal, Hunter’s Creek
2004 Lucinda Balistreri
2001 Margie Smith, Carolyn Middle School
1987 Howard Doolin 2005 Jeanne W. Reynolds
Clark, Mark Theilen, 1999 Scott H. Hackmyer,
1987 Alice Fague 2006 Frank Howes
James Croft Principal, Howard Middle
1988 A. Chiaramonte School 2007 Carolyn Minear
2002 Debbie Clifton
1988 Al G. Wright 1999 Joyce M. Parten, Principal, 2008 Janice R. Lancaster
1989 James Weldon Wilson 2003 Fred W. Selph
Gemini Elementary School 2009 No award given
2004 Sandy Lantz
1990 Lee Kjelson 2000 Irwin N. Adler, Principal,
2005 Sheila King Herbert A. Ammons Middle Innovative Program/
1991 Brownie Greaton Cole
1992 Colleen J. Kirk 2005 James W. Hughes School Project
2006 Cheryl Poe, 2000 Kevin D. Flynn, Principal, 1994 Broward Elementary School,
1993 George H. Hill, Jr.
Robert M. McCormick, Riverview High School “Brunch At Broward”
1994 Harry E. Grant, Sr. Dr. Timothy S. Brophy 2000 Dr. Clint Wright, Polk County 1994 Vineyard Elementary School,
1995 Mary Palmer 2007 Mary Jeanette “Renaissance in Bloom at
NW Area Superintendent,
1996 Andrew Wright McGregor Howle, Polk County Vineyards”
1997 F. Lewis Jones Phillip D. Wharton, 2001 David F. Lewis, Principal, 1995 Beth Meadows, Dr. Phillips
1997 Charles R. Hoffer Dr. Al. G. Holcomb Frostproof Middle/Senior High School, “World Music
1998 June M. Hinckley 2008 Deborah M. Fahmie, High School Festival”
1999 Elaine McNamara Beth Meadows 2002 Merry Ortega, Principal, 1996 Hillsborough County Music
2000 (no award given) 2009 Martha B. Stanley, Chiles High School Technology Team, Claudia
Arthur J. Pranno Davidsen
2001 Bob and Lois Drumm 2003 William B. Cooper, Largo
Middle School 1997 Neil C. Brooks, Lake
2002 Dr. William Hipp
2003 Andre Arrouet
Distinguished 2004 Brian Kier, Davenport
Butler Middle School,
Administrator Elementary School
“Multiple Intelligence in the
2004 Dr. Bobby Adams Award Bandroom”
2004 Thomas A. Sawyer, Eau
2005 Dr. Robert Glidden 1990 Stephen Foust, Principal, 1999 Marie Ulrey-Radloff,
Gallie High School
2006 Dr. James Croft Skyline Elementary School Bonneville Elementary
2005 Robert Lister and Patricia School, “Listen Mom, My
2007 (no award given) 1991 Billye Lowe, Assistant Archibald, Perkins
Principal, Southwest Miami Music’s on the Internet!”
2008 Dr. Kathleen D. Sanz Elementary School
High School 2000 Barbara J. Dover, Inverness
2009 Carolyn Minear 2006 Maria Barber, Unity School
1992 Herbert McFatter, Principal, Middle School, “A Flash of
of Delray Beach
36 Florida Music Director
Light and All That Jazz” 2002 Jennifer Coolidge, Arts for a Middle School, Southwest School, Clearlake Middle
2003 Jeanne Halberg and Complete Education Junior High School, St. School, Monroe Middle
Dean Palmer, Sawgrass 2003 Judy Pine, West Music Petersburg Catholic School, School, John F. Kennedy
Springs Middle School and 2004 Tim Henry, Hohner Inc./HSS Johnson Junior High School, Middle School, Jim C. Bailey
Stoneman Douglas High 2005 (no award given) Seminole Middle School, Middle School
School Shelly S. Boone Middle
2006 Fred Schiff, President, All 1999 Deerlake Middle School,
2004 Debbie Fahmie, “Rainforest, County Music, Inc. School, Taylor County Middle Eisenhower Middle School,
the Rhythm of Life” School, Jenkins Middle
2007 (no award given) Florida State University
2005 Broward County Elementary School, James Madison School, Hoover Junior High
Music Festival 2008 James T. Perry
Middle School, Dunnellon School, Horizon Middle
2006 Theresa M. Stricker, 2009 Penelope “Penny” M.
Janowski, Penny’s Band Middle School, Lincoln School, Howard Doolin
“The Whingdingdilly High School, Plantation Key
Camp Middle School, Indian Ridge
– A Multicultural/ Middle School
Interdisciplinary Unit of Middle School, Indian
Study” Middle/High School 1997 St. Edward’s School, Trails Middle School, James
Enrollment Award McLaughlin Middle School, Madison Middle School,
2007 Donald DeVito, The Sidney
Lanier School Community 1993 Godby High School, Leon D.S. Parrot Middle School, Largo Middle School,
Music Program High School, Lincoln High Central Junior High School, Marianna High School,
2008 Beverly Kermode and School, Spruce Creek High Lakeview Middle School, Milwee Middle School,
Daniel Shea – The Young School Lake Shore Middle School, Mulberry Middle School,
Songwriter’s Symposium 1994 Fort Meade High School, Indian Trails Middle School, Orangewood Christian
“Hillsborough Writes Music” Titusville High School, Silver Trails Middle School, School, Robinswood High
2009 No award given Astronaut High School, Park Avenue Baptist School, School, Rodgers Middle
Satellite High School, Osceola Middle School, John School, Seminole Middle
Distinguished Rockledge High School F. Kennedy Middle School, School, Seven Springs
Service Award Bristol Middle School, Middle School, Southwest
1989 Bill and Shirley Head, Heads 1995 Walter C. Young Middle
Richbourg Middle School, Middle School, Tarpon
House of Music, Tampa School, Elizabeth Cobb
Hidden Oaks Middle School, Springs Middle School,
1990 Senator Bob Johnson, The Middle School, A.D.
Jackson Middle School, Tavares Middle School,
Florida Senate Henderson School, Tequesta
Johnson Junior High School, Teague Middle School,
1991 Bob Bergin, Rhythm Band Trace Middle School, Ft. Lake Butler Middle School, Thomas E. Wightman Middle
Inc., Ft. Worth, Texas Meade Middle School,
Westridge Middle School, School, University School
1992 Southern Bell Company Key Largo Middle School,
Leon High School, Oak Grove of Nova Southeastern
1993 Walt Disney World, Disney Taravella High School, Guy
Middle School University
Arts Program O. Burns Junior High School,
1998 Clifford Meigs Middle 2000 Christa McAuliffe Middle
1994 Yamaha Corporation, Grand Margate Middle School,
Pioneer Middle School, School, Hidden Oaks Middle School, Ransom Middle
Rapids, Michigan School, Florida Christian School, Marianna Middle
1995 Robert B. Morrison, National Forest Glen Middle School,
Riverview High School, School, Burns Middle School, Hill-Gustat Middle
Association of Music School, Sugarloaf School, School, P.L. Dunbar Middle
Merchants Miami Country Day School
Hoover Junior High School, School, Benito Middle
1996 Bob Otto, J.W. Pepper & 1996 Marianna Middle School,
Carwise Middle School, St. School, Forest Lake
Pepper of Atlanta Hoover Junior High School,
Joseph School, Cobb Middle Academy, Maitland Middle
1997 T. Edison and Charlotte Rochelle School of the
School, Central Junior High School, Pine Ridge Middle
James, Florida Music Arts, Pine Ridge Middle
School, Swift Creek Middle School
Service School, Lake Butler Middle
School, Pioneer Middle 2001 Everitt Middle School,
1998 Frank T. Brogan, Florida School, Braden River Middle
School, Horace O’Bryant, DeLaura Middle School,
Commissioner of Education School, Jean Ribault Senior
Davidson Middle School, Fairview Middle School,
1999 The Sarasota County Arts High School, Ocoee Middle
Pinellas Park Middle School, Gifford Middle School,
Council School, Crystal River Middle
Everitt Middle School, Tomlin Middle School,
2000 Betsy Kaplan, Miami-Dade School, Lincoln Memorial
Spruce Creek High School, Space Coast Middle
County School Board Middle School, DeLaura
Lakeside Junior High School, School, Florida Christian
2000 Sylvia Perry and Dr. Andrew Junior High School, Bristol
Jackson Middle School, School, Gulfview Magnet
Perry, Peripole-Bergerault Middle School, Indian Trail
Marshall Middle School, School, Young Middle
2001 Ron Logan, Walt Disney Middle School, Lake Gibson
South Seminole Middle
Entertainment Middle School, Wilson Continued on page 38
School, B. Wilson Middle
February/March 2010 37
FMEA Awards History
Continued from page 37

Magnet School of Math and Academy, Swift Creek P.K. Yonge Developmental Music
Technology, Elizabeth Cobb Middle School, Clifford Research School (Middle), Demonstration
Middle School, St. Joseph Meigs Middle School, Bartow Middle School, Largo Schools
School, Highlands Christian Westminster Christian Middle School, Burns Middle 1994
Academy Middle School, St. Mark’s School, Avalon Middle
• Chiefland Elementary School,
2002 Jewett Middle School, Guy O. Episcopal School School, Bridgewater Middle Chiefland (Honorable Mention)
Burns Middle School, Hobbs 2006 Adams Middle School, School, DeLaura Middle
• Highland Elementary School,
Middle School, Largo Middle Edgewood Junior/Senior School, Lawton Chiles Vero Beach
School, Pine View School, High School, Chain of Lakes Middle Academy, Jewett
• Hillcrest Elementary School,
Christa McAuliffe Middle Middle School, Davidson Academy Middle School, Lake Wales (Honorable Mention)
School, Sawgrass Springs Middle School, L.B. Johnson Lakeland Christian Middle/
• Osceola Elementary School, St.
Middle School, Seaside Middle School, Palmer High School Augustine
Neighborhood School, Trinity School, Roland Park 2009 Key Largo Middle School, • South Miami Elementary, South
Seminole Middle School, K-8 School, Ransom Middle Dundee Ridge Middle Miami
Surfside Middle School, School, Merritt Island School, Teague Middle • The First Academy, Orlando
Swift Creek Middle School, Christian School, Lincoln School, Edgewood Jr./ (Honorable Mention)
Tavares Middle School, Park Academy, Tavares Sr. High School, Crystal
Trinity Christian Academy Middle School, Orange Lake Middle School, 1995
2003 Adams Middle School, Grove Middle Magnet, Independence Middle
• Cross Creek School, Pompano
Braden River Middle School, Diplomat Middle School, School, Satellite High (Honorable Mention)
Discovery Middle School, Skycrest Christian School School, South Creek Middle
• Parker Elementary, Panama City
R. Hobbs Middle School, 2007 Central Middle School, School, Thomas Jefferson
Indiantown Middle School, Southwest Middle School, Middle School, Millennium
Middle School, Union 1997-2000
Daniel Jenkins Academy Daniel Jenkins Academy,
Academy Middle School, • Bethune Elementary School
Middle School, John F. Clearlake Middle School,
P.K. Yonge Developmental of the Arts, Broward County
Kennedy Middle School, Marianna Middle School, (Honorable Mention)
Electa Lee Magnet Middle Cocoa Beach Junior High Research School (High),
Montford Middle School, • Frances K. Sweet Elementary
School, Ruckel Middle School, Herbert A. Ammons Magnet School, St. Lucie County
School, Southwest Middle Middle School, Andrew Palmer Trinity School, West
Shore Jr./Sr. High School, • Gemini Elementary School,
School, Unity School, B.T. Jackson Middle School, Brevard County
Washington Magnet Middle C.W. Ruckel Middle School, McNair Magnet Middle
School, Meadowlawn Middle • Interlachen Elementary School,
School Williams IB Middle Magnet Putnam County
2004 Lake Gibson Middle School, School, James Madison School, L.B. Johnson Middle
School, Addie R. Lewis • J.A. Thompson Elementary
Thomas Jefferson Middle Middle School, Fruit Cove School, Indian River County
School, John F. Kennedy Middle School, St. Joseph Middle School, Southwest
Middle School, Osceola • Riverland Elementary, Fort
Middle School, Lakeview Catholic School Lauderdale (Honorable Mention)
Middle School, Young Middle 2008 Pacetti Bay Middle School, Middle School, Augusta Raa
Magnet School of Math, Southwest Middle School, Middle School, The Osceola
County School for the 1998-2001
Science and Technology, Blake Academy, Shelley
Arts, South Miami Middle • Broward Elementary School,
Williams Magnet Middle S. Boone Middle School, Broward County
School, Westminster Dade Christian School, Community School Center
for the Arts, Florida State • Douglas Anderson School of the
Academy, Jackson Middle Martinez Middle School, Arts, Duval County (Honorable
School, Jewett Academy Sawgrass Springs Middle University Schools (Middle),
Pine Crest School, Carlos Mention)
Middle School, St. Joseph School, Markham Woods • Philip Shore Elementary School
School Middle School, Elizabeth E. Haile Middle School,
Maitland Middle School of the Arts, Hillsborough County
2005 Largo Middle School, Burns Cobb Middle School, • Riverview High School, Sarasota
Middle School, Thomas John F. Kennedy Middle County
Jefferson Middle School, School, Bay Haven Charter • Seminole Middle School,
Westminster Christian Academy, Davenport Pinellas County
High School, DeLaura School of the Arts, Mulberry • Seminole Senior High School,
Middle School, Pine View Middle School, Discovery Pinellas County
School, Covenant Christian Middle School, Southside • Vivian Gaither Senior High
School, Bay Haven Charter Fundamental Middle School, School, Hillsborough County
38 Florida Music Director
1999-2002 • Bayside High School, Brevard • Stevenson Elementary School Honorable Mention, 2008-2011
• Apollo Elementary School, County (Honorable Mention) of the Arts, Brevard County • Gemini Elementary School,
Brevard County • Central Middle School, Brevard (Honorable Mention) Brevard County
• Lincoln Park Academy, St. Lucie County (Honorable Mention) • Robert Louis Stevenson
County • Dr. W.J. Creel Elementary, 2007-2010 Elementary School of the Arts,
• Osceola Magnet School, Indian Brevard County • Apollo Elementary School, Brevard County
River County Brevard County • Saturn Elementary School,
• Sulphur Springs Elementary • Eau Gallie High School, Brevard • Osceola Magnet School, Indian Brevard County
School, Hillsborough County County River County • Tropical Elementary School,
• Graceville Elementary, Jackson • Douglas Anderson High School Brevard County
2000-2003 County of the Arts, Duval County
• Graceville Elementary, Jackson • Johnson Middle School, Brevard • Rochelle School of the Arts 2009-2012
County County Pre-K-8, Polk County • Audubon Elementary School,
• Schwarzkopf Elementary, • Melbourne High School, Brevard • Davenport School of the Arts Brevard County
Hillsborough County County (Honorable Mention) Pre-K-8, Polk County • Cambridge Elementary School,
• Mila Elementary, Brevard • Discovery Elementary School, Brevard County
County Brevard County • Central Middle School, Brevard
• Palm Bay High School, Brevard • Meadowlane Elementary School, County
• Broward Elementary School,
County (Honorable Mention) Brevard County • Croton Elementary School,
Hillsborough County
• Satellite High School, Brevard • DeLaura Middle School, Brevard Brevard County
• Frances K. Sweet Elementary
County County • Gemini Elementary School,
School, St. Lucie County
• Schwarzkopf Elementary, • Kennedy Middle School, Brevard Brevard County
• Interlachen Elementary School,
Hillsborough County County • Robert Louis Stevenson
Putnam County
• Titusville High School, Brevard • Surfside Elementary School, Elementary School of the Arts,
• Riverview High School, Sarasota
County Brevard County Brevard County
• Seminole Middle School, • Saturn Elementary School,
Pinellas County 2006-2009 2008-2011 Brevard County
• Audubon Elementary, Brevard • Diplomat Middle School, Lee
County County Honorable Mention, 2009-2012
• Cambridge Elementary, Brevard • Dr. W.J. Creel Elementary • Oak Park Elementary School,
• Davenport School of the Arts,
County School, Brevard County Brevard County
Polk County
• Central Middle, Brevard County • Eau Gallie High School, Brevard
• Lincoln Park Academy, St. Lucie
County • Cocoa Beach Junior/Senior County
• Orange Grove Middle School of
High School, Brevard County • Hans Christian Andersen 25-Year Service
the Arts, Hillsborough County
(Honorable Mention) Elementary School, Brevard Award
• Croton Elementary, Brevard County 1988-1989
County • L.B. Johnson Middle School,
2004-2007 Jacquelin Alexander, George L.
• Discovery Elementary, Brevard Brevard County Bailey, C. Clark Bell, Frank A.
• Apollo Elementary School, County (Honorable Mention) • Mila Elementary School, Biringer, John B. Blair, Sarah Jane
Brevard County
• Frances K. Sweet Elementary Brevard County Bradely, Alice Gibson Carden,
• Charles W. Flanagan High Magnet School, St. Lucie County • Ocean Breeze Elementary Robert C. Carr, Adele De Los
School, Broward County
• Indialantic Elementary, Brevard School, Brevard County Santos, Robert Dittman, Asa J.
• Osceola Magnet School, Osceola County • Quest Elementary School, Duncan, Jerome Edwards, Alice
• Meadowlane Elementary, Brevard County S. Fague, Roger R. Faulmann, Dr.
• Philip Shore Elementary School Brevard County (Honorable • Satellite High School, Brevard Philip H. Fink, Dr. Nancy Fowler,
of Arts, Sarasota County Mention) County James Gross, John D. Henley, III,
• Winter Park High School, Orange • Riverview High, Sarasota County • Spessard L. Holland Elementary Del Kieffner, Barbara Kerrigan,
• South Lake Elementary, Brevard School, Brevard County Josephine A. Kennedy, Beverly
County • Titusville High School, Brevard
2005-2008 A. Kirk, Colleen J. Kirk, James
• Southwest Middle, Brevard County D. Leone, Earl F. Little, Mary J.
• Andersen Elementary, Brevard County
County Marchant, Elaine McNamara,
• Spruce Creek High, Volusia
County Continued on page 40

February/March 2010 39
FMEA Awards History
Continued from page 39

Vic H. Mickunas, Thomas Munafo, 1995-1996 2001-2002 2006-2007

Elizabeth J. Owen, Yvonne C. Rawls, Carole Morse, James Erick Miles, C. Dwane Earnhardt, Dr. Kathleen Larry M. Brewer, Woodrow W.
James H. Rickel, Ellnora Riecken, Jerry Gardner, Fred Selph, Eleanor D. Sanz, Deborah Szalkowski, Bruce Nail, Jr., Louis St. Laurent, Daniel
Everett L. Thompson, Philip L. M. Young, Harriet M. Manning, A. Bruzinski, Thomas P. Davis, Ted Whitfield, Kathy S. Johnson, Beverly
Valente, Alene Weed, Doris Welsh, Lucia Loper, Alice Gibson Carden, Douce, Charles R. Flory, Lucinda Kermode, Sharon Gittings Teachey,
Carl G. Wesley, Dr. Robert Williams, Pamela Andrews, Stephen Welch, G. Lippert, Jerry Carter, Margaret Nicholas J. DeCarbo
John B. Yost. Maynard E. Erickson, Mary Terhune, B. Griffin, Pixie L. Hester, Kathleen
Karen B. Jenkins, Lawrence E. James, Janice R. Lancaster, Carol
1989-1990 Jeanne Halberg, Ronald W.
Young, Sr., Doris R. Hotaling, Lee, Kenneth Pearce, Marjorie
William Bent, Jr., Tom Bishop, Dr. Branning, Dr. Keith Koons, William
Clifford M. Buggs Smith, Susan Bacon McCray
Stan Blosch, Eda L. Chappell, Dr. T. Reinecke, William H. Campbell,
David S. Collings, Dr. Carolyn V. 1996-1997 2002-2003 Sylvia Bristow Thomas, Edward
Copeland, Virginia L. Densmore, Karen N. Bradley, Brenda Moorer Debbie Clifton, Brenda M. Gooding, Elizabeth D. VonEnde,
Anne Folsom, Mary Glascock, Brown, Dennis G. Bryant, Brenda Dannewitz, Sharon Daught, Thomas Delores Daniels Hayes
Esther Howard Lansgton, Edward R. P. Chapman, Judy Nafrulin Geller J. Gress, Jacquelyn Hails, Mary
Hotaling, Earl Levan Lewis, V. Lewis Nevel, Reginald F. Nicholson, Teresa Susan Huber, Frank McKinney, Mark
Mary Ada D. Kidd, Ana Lebron Pena,
McClure, Phyllis J. Merritt, Ophelia Boston Kemp, Wayne T. Raymond P. Nelson, J. Mark Scott, Pamela
Sandra Neel, Gaetano Ferlazzo,
Ray, C. David Parker, Jimmy Parker, Stephens, James Urbanski, Karen
1997-1998 Karen A. Bishop, Andrew Carroll
Helen D. Rock, Don Schmaus, Whitman, James D. Yopp, Sandra K.
Ward C. Green, Dr. James Croft, Kidd, Andrea Boley, Robert Dean
August Silva, Donna L. Sitton, Jerry Zielepuza
Patrick F. Culler, Anne Howes, Frank Zahner, Terence W. Stryker, J. Kevin
Skora, John C. Whitney, Andrew J.
R. Howes, Frances Stone, D. Tina 2003-2004 Lewis, Dr. Duncan E. Jackson,
Wright, M. Jean Wright
Laferriere, Gretchen McGaffice, Tim Dickson, Nancy Brookshire Sandra Harwood, Dr. Jerri Goffe,
1990-1991 Joseph Lee Bell, Carole M. Swope, Holcomb, Roanna J. Combs, Paula Lowell Lampkin, John Trinckes, John
Charles D. Bell Joseph W. Bragg, Iris Peggy L. Keebler, Nathan Wilson, Jr. Thornton, Neil L. Theriault, Marie A. Wicker, Joyce Jordan-DeCarbo,
Codella, Kenneth Fredericks, Judith Ulrey-Radloff, Carolyn Baker Turner, Nancy Snyder
Geller, James Etherton, James E. Patricia M. Lowe, Robert Halczyn,
Elizabeth Arnold, Nancy Biringer,
Hall, Iberia R. Johnston, Robert George T. Durrick, Beth Smalling,
Kenneth Bowermeister, Pamela
G. Lee, Violet Mandese, Forrest
Brick, L.C. Coney, Panchita Hendrix-
Sharon Forbes Blackman, John Howard A. Doolin
McGinley, Claire Murray, Roy Perry, Acosta, Flo Bickel Memorial Award
Mitchell, Lou Hyatt, Robert Hyatt,
Jr., Jacqueline S. Toban, Carl Wesley,
Joe Jones, Helen Koeing, Karen 2004-2005
Julian White, James O. Johnston 1999 Senator John A. Grant, Jr.,
LaFrance, Dr. Harry Martinez, Nancy Barbara J. Dover, Michael A. Vail,
1992-1993 Neher, Terry Pattishall, John Rose, Judy R. Arthur, Jeffrey W. Carroll, Representative Evelyn Lynn
Carl E. Boyd, Ernest A. Boyd, Ann Marylin Sassmann, Sandra Warrick- Karen H. Willes, Daniel Compher,
Owen Gordon, June Hinckley, Ronald Petty, Willie Williams Vicky Hagedorn, Alfred B. Hager,
Allen Prochnow, Mary Palmer, A. James M. Sammons, Cheryl Poe, MENC Lowell
1999-2000 Mason
Byron Smith, Archie Glenn Snyder, Gail Benedict, Teresa Boston Kemp,
Alice Gison Carden, Evelyn M.
Thomas Williams
Miller, Jennie Rollins, Alonzo
John McGallagher, Allen Gilbert, Fellow Award
Jennifer Corzine, Dr. Dennis M. Holt,
1993-1994 Bradden, Stephen Terry, Janey
Donald W. Burman 2004 June Hinckley
Yelena C. Banks, Harold Bradley, H. King, Timothy A. Willis, Susan
K. Michael Cohen, Ronald L. Hendry, Richard E. James, Douglas 2005-2006
Helm, Raymond Kickliter, Dalene G. Barlar, Nancy Fannon, Tom Melanie Faulkner, Barbara Fultz,
McGlockils, Vincent Palazzolo, Harry Luter, David A. Nauman, Phillip D. Darlene B. Hartley, Kim Roberts,
A. Spyker, III, Jim St. Clair Wharton Steven Schleicher, Dale Choate, J.
2000-2001 Paul Harris, Deborah Wong Mar,
Thomas E. Silliman, Sr., Dr. Diane Vicki Nolan, David J. Vezzetti,
Ann Duncan, Carolyn Clark, James
Float, Angela J. Terrell, Danica Barbara J. Johnson, Keitha J.
W. Hughes, Dr. Johannes Liu,
M. Suarez, Linda Adams, Neil E. Bledsoe, Ginny Jordan, Mark
William L. Poplin, Jr., Candace
Jenkins, Edward B. Page, Nancie Thielen, Kenneth R. Watkins, David
Meyers, Carolyn Reynolds, Andre C.
Force, Ceceilia A. Campbell, Jim Fultz, D.R. (Rob) Roadman, Debra
Arrouet, Lois Drumm, Robert Dru
Layton, Mike Woodfin, Barbara K. Bailey, Nancy DeCoux, Winford
C. Thompson, Gayle S. Cubberly, E. Franklin, David Cadle, Judith P.
Vanessa Pinto Evans, Judy Naftulin Geller-Nevel

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February/March 2010 41
(for music teachers)
 y C. Victor Fung
Research Committee How can a music
Chairman teacher become a
I take “researcher” to mean someone who produces research. A music
The purpose of this column is
teacher can become a researcher by asking a good research question and
to answer your questions about
collaborating with a trained researcher. This way the music teacher can
music education research. I call this
bring practical problems forward for investigation, and the trained research-
column Research Puzzles for two
er can contribute expertise in research methodology, implementation and
reasons. First, it aims at resolving
reporting. If a music teacher would like to become a trained researcher,
your puzzles about music education
he or she should aim at entering a doctoral program in music education
research. I welcome your questions
because most of these programs train music educators to produce research.
about music education research.
The basic research skills normally take a few years to learn and develop,
Second, readers should have a
which usually occurs in a doctoral program in music education.
better understanding about music
education research by reading this
What is the difference between a t-test and an
column through an extended period
analysis of variance (ANOVA)?
of time and by putting the pieces
There are a few differences between a t-test and an analysis of variance
together like pieces of a puzzle.
(ANOVA) although both of them may achieve similar outcomes in some
The big picture of music education
analyses. From the standpoint of data analysis, the main difference is that
research should reveal itself when
the t-test is limited to analyzing only two levels of a variable under investi-
the pieces of the puzzle are in place.
gation, for example, two groups of students or two sets of test scores. The
It will not be right if I claim that any
ANOVA also may be used to compare sets of data, but it is capable of com-
answer in this column is a complete
paring more than two levels of a variable and more than one variable simul-
answer. Answers to questions in
taneously. Even though both the t-test and the ANOVA could be used to
this column could easily be an
analyze a two-level variable with similar outcomes, the formula for compu-
hour-long explanation or even a
tation is different, and researchers often rely on statistical software for the
full-semester course. Regardless,
calculation. A common analytic error is to apply the t-test multiple times on
these puzzle pieces contribute to our
the same data set, rather than using the ANOVA, without adjusting the
understanding of music education
probability for significance. For an explanation of “statistical significance,”
see this column in the October 2007 issue of this publication.

E-mail your questions and feedback to with a subject heading Research Puzzles. Your questions, if
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42 Florida Music Director

Florida Bandmasters FLORIDA COLLEGE these leaders know how much you appre-
ASSOCIATION ciate them, too!
By Mark Spreen,
President My husband uses an equation with
By Kathleen Kerstetter,
Ph.D., President his band from the book The Inner Game of
I hope you all were able to attend the No column this issue. Music: Performance = potential – interfer-
conference in Tampa this year. I was ence, or P = p - i. The entire board focused
amazed that our attendance was so good on one objective during the conference.
considering the economic situation we FLORIDA ELEMENTARY
MUSIC EDUCATORS I knew the board members would per-
are experiencing. Many may have had to ASSOCIATION form greatly in their positions, but these
take personal days to attend or find other By Karen W. Bouton, incredible individuals allowed LITTLE or
creative ways to get leave from their President NO interference in the accomplishment
schools. It is a credit to your professional- Focus: “To concentrate one’s atten- of their tasks. What a model for all of us!
ism and dedication to the profession that tion; To cause to converge at a single If we used these leaders for models in
you attended the conference. point” ( our classrooms, what would be our end
Thank you to all who worked to make focus). Every teacher knows what “focus” “Performance” as teachers? I suggest that
the conference a success and to all who means, but when we work as an organiza- we all get our priorities in order and set
attended. Several volunteers were need- tion and each leader’s attention converges goals for every class we teach. Set time
ed to help with some things at the last or focuses on what is most important at limits for those tasks that are not focused
minute, and I appreciate all of you who that moment, everything comes together on curriculum and teaching. Those tasks,
stepped up to the plate. As usual, we beautifully. That is exactly what your although important, are often “interfer-
had more volunteers than positions to FEMEA Board of Directors did in January. ence” in the big picture. Focus on the
fill. Thank you all for your willingness Our focus was on the opportunities pre- positive! Think about all of the wonderful
to serve. sented to you and on making sure your opportunities your students have because
We are always looking for ideas about experience was the best we could make it. music is part of their curriculum! And
sessions to offer. If you have sugges- There are not enough “Thank you” remember, last but most important, as my
tions for clinics or clinicians, please use messages in the world to express my friend LuAnne always says, “It’s all about
the time in your district meetings to appreciation to our FEMEA Board. Julie the children.”
make those suggestions. The Clinics Hebert, Ann Leffard, Tricia Padlan, Mary
Committee works a couple of years ahead Papit, Suzy Reiser, Merrybeth Schmidt FLORIDA MUSIC
to plan these events, so you may not see and Brent Uppercue, representatives of ASSOCIATION
your suggestions immediately, but they our seven districts, gave their entire con-
By Beth Cummings,
will be considered by the committee. ference for the benefit of our member- President
There were many outstanding ses- ship. Robert Todd and Cheryl Vaughan No column this issue.
sions this year. I hope everyone was able dedicated a huge part of the past year in
to find several things that interested preparation for the Elementary All-State
them. Sometimes there were simply too Chorus. Anita Travaglino, our execu- FLORIDA ORCHESTRA
many choices, and decisions had to be tive director, never stops working for
us. LuAnne Leone, past president, was By Tami Roedig,
made about which clinic to attend. These President
sessions are great to get you motivated always working and watching my back!
and recharged for the second semester. April Laymon worked tirelessly and is The FMEA Clinic-Conference has come
Wouldn’t if be great if everyone entered showing great leadership skills in prepa- and gone, and 2010 is well under way.
the second half of the year as enthusi- ration for her presidency. Each of these But it was the FMEA conference that
astically as we do the beginning of the leaders went beyond the call of duty. A propelled me into this new year. Our
year? If you attended some of the ses- simple “Thank you” seems so inadequate All-State orchestras were fantastic, inspir-
sions offered this year, maybe you will be for what they gave each of us. When you ing our students from around the state
recharged and ready to go! get an opportunity, make sure you let Continued on page 44
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who had the opportunity to perform in about clinicians are always welcome. If ship’s interests, and it would be wonder-
such high-caliber ensembles. The FOA- you would like to serve on the Clinic- ful to see more members volunteer to
sponsored sessions were well received Conference Committee to help with serve. If taking on a role on the state level
and sent us back to our classrooms with the planning of both the FMEA Clinic- is beyond your comfort level, then con-
new techniques and ideas. But beyond Conference and the FOA Fall Workshop, sider volunteering to serve as a district
the wonderful concerts and sessions was or if you would like to share an idea, chairperson. Our district chairpersons
the time spent with friends and col- please contact me at foapresident@gmail. are the backbone of the association, and
leagues. The stories, ideas, thoughts and com. Ideas from our members helped their commitment to serve both our mem-
laughs shared are what make the confer- mold the sessions you attended this year, bers and our students is as important a
ence so special. What other time of the and it is my goal to do an even better job role as any. Your district chairpersons can
year can you surround yourself with the of creating future sessions by using your always use help with their duties. Next
best and brightest music teachers from thoughts and ideas. time you have a district meeting, thank
across our state? If you attended the FOA general your district chairperson for his or her
I encourage you to nominate perform- business meeting, then you know that hard work throughout the year!
ing ensembles for the 2011 FMEA Clinic- three of our members were elected to
Conference. This year we had string the Executive Board: Tinder Buris, 9-10
ensembles from Southeast High School in all-state orchestra chairwoman; Randall ASSOCIATION
Manatee County and Rochelle School of Love, 7-8 all-state orchestra chairman;
the Arts in Polk County. And I hope you and Jessica Talbott, high school honors By Mary Catherine Salo,
had the opportunity to hear Lakewood orchestra chairwoman. Congratulations President
Ranch Chamber Orchestra, directed by to each of them! As we look ahead to the As we finalize preparations for our
Steve Terry. I cannot thank these ensem- 2011 FMEA Clinic-Conference, we will music performance assessments, things
bles enough for sharing their talents with have several positions open for nomina- can become quite hectic. Some of you
us! I hope you will consider nominating tions. These include president-elect, 11-12 who have a methodical bent have been
one of your own ensembles to perform all-state orchestra chairperson and mid- preparing for months. Others wait and
next year. The conference will be even dle school honors orchestra chairperson. evaluate student resources, choose litera-
better if we have a greater sampling of the I encourage you to look into serving on ture and create ensembles that best suit
string ensembles from across our state. the board in one of these capacities. The as the deadlines approach. Whichever
Your ideas for sessions and input Executive Board represents the member- way we approach this time of evaluation

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for our programs and our students, it is to look at video and hear recordings in making spring. On that topic, here is a
all worthwhile as we educate our singers addition to the printed word. It’s sensory link to Chorus America: www.
and learn things ourselves. overload for many of us but a way of life I’m sure
Our All-State Clinic-Conference, for most of our students. And of course, you already know about this Web site, but
which just flew past, gave you some tools that is always the bottom line … how to right now there is a terrific video posted.
and inspiration. Wonderful workshops by deliver our content in the most effective It is a chorus impact study that was pre-
wise colleagues, excellent literature read- way possible. sented on CBS Sunday Morning. It’s a great
ing sessions, outstanding special perfor- I hope you all have a successful music- advocacy tool. Enjoy!
mances—particularly by the University
High School Chorus and the Booker High
School Vocal Jazz ensemble—along with
a huge variety of exhibits in the big
hall provided some food for thought.
And the general sessions and special
concerts were thought- and spirit-pro-
voking. Many, many thanks to Rebecca
Hammac, our clinics chairwoman, who
worked for over a year putting the nuts
and bolts of our portion of this confer-
ence together. Thanks also to the six
coordinators, Michael Dye, Dale Choate,
John Luffred, Kevin Lusk, Deb Mar and
Suzi Lambert, who shepherded almost
1,400 children through the weekend. And
finally, thanks go to our two executives,
Betty Jo Couch and Mark Scott, who
never stopped moving and assisting for
the entire conference.
I hope you were able to spend some
time observing the master conductors
who worked with your students in the
All-State choirs. I was fortunate to attend
the performances of all six secondary
vocal ensembles, and I was struck by the
scope of what we are able to provide our
children here in Florida. It is a testament
to the legacy of excellence you establish
each year in your preparations. Thank
you for embracing the process the Florida
Vocal Association has developed over the
How things have changed since many
of us began teaching! And what amazing
tools and resources are available to us
if we only have the time to look around
and use them. Here we are … reading
our magazine online, with the ability

February/March 2010 45


One Voice, One Message


James T. Perry

ollowing the FMEA Annual Clinic-Conference and

An Activated Network?
All-State Concerts, I’m ever mindful of the great work It is also important for your network to be involved. Make sure
of the FMEA Board and Executive Committee and your e-mail can be easily forwarded to booster organizations,
the hours of time they spend to enhance the music education community supporters, alumni of your program, etc. Of course,
profession. The outstanding sessions and performances for you, we recommend that such networks exist apart from using school
the FMEA members, would not be possible without your lead- e-mail systems. It is preferred to keep legislative activity on per-
ers’ time and interest in reviewing session proposals, schedules, sonal e-mail accounts.
attending planning meetings and then rolling up their sleeves Does your FMEA profile have your current, best e-mail
during the conference and working to make certain things run address for your non-school e-mail?
smoothly. The Legislature takes little note of outside activities. Committee
The conference is also an opportunity for the board to connect hearings happen during spring breaks, during MPAs and during
with members. I always return home from a conference ener- all sorts of other activities that may take your focus away from
gized by the dedication and enthusiasm of FMEA members. It is legislative action. For our efforts to be successful, we still need
a great conference and a great gathering of like minds because to be able to respond and to activate large numbers of phone
of the spirit and energy we bring together! calls and e-mails within a few days. It is rare that we have more
than three or four days’ notice before knowing that our bill will
Legislative Preparations be on the next committee calendar—and usually we find out on
On returning to Tallahassee, our office is immediately plunged a Thursday or a Friday before a Monday or a Tuesday meeting.
into preparations for the next legislative session. This Legislature The bottom line on legislative action is that it REALLY needs
has been holding “committee weeks” throughout January and to be a high priority for ALL FMEA members—and for ALL of
February to prepare for the opening of the session on Mar. 2. your networked contacts. Please help us by making sure you’re
checking personal e-mail accounts and reading legislative alerts
Bonus Points for Arts Enrollment Bills as they are posted or e-mailed.
We are working—and some of you have received a Legislative
Action Alert—on a bill that will provide for bonus points on a Use the Network for Local Issues
school’s grade based on students’ arts enrollment. The bill in the This year will be difficult for many school districts as they again
Senate is SB 820, sponsored by Sen. Stephen Wise (parts of Clay, face shortfalls in funding. At the moment, it does not appear as if
Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties), and in the House, HB 461, there will be much help from the Legislature in that regard. Your
sponsored by Rep. Kurt Kelly (Marion County). local networks need to be activated ANYTIME a local music
We believe the bill will move first in the House, and we con- program is threatened.
tinue to seek House members to co-sponsor the bill with Rep. It’s my hope that high school directors, who usually possess
Kelly. While our legislative alert of Feb. 17 was especially solicit- the most active booster organizations, will use those networks
ing FMEA members who live in the districts of representatives if elementary or middle school music programs are threatened.
serving on the House PreK-12 Education Committee to contact Without the foundation music courses, all programs will be
their representatives about co-sponsoring, every FMEA member diminished—and fewer students will have opportunities in
can make a similar call to his or her own representative. The music education. Even so, middle school and elementary direc-
more members signed onto a bill as a co-sponsor, the more likely tors also need to be building their own networks of support
it is to pass. among parents, community supporters, former students, etc.
Please make your calls—and then follow-up in a week or so When we speak with one voice—and one message—we can
to see if your representatives actually did become co-sponsors. be heard! Let’s make certain we take every extra measure and
If they did so—THANK THEM! If not, please reiterate your sup- every extra step to ensure that music education for our students
port for the bill and ask again. remains strong!

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O fficers an d Directors
EXECUTIVE BOARD Executive Director............................ James Perry Student Leadership.......................... To be named FLORIDA ELEMENTARY MUSIC EDUCATORS
Hinckley Center for Fine Arts ASSOCIATION
President..................................Joseph Luechauer
Education, 402 Office Plaza Drive CLINIC-CONFERENCE
Broward County Public Schools President . .......................Karen W. Bouton, NBCT
Tallahassee, FL 32301-2757
600 SE 3rd Avenue, 12th Floor Exhibits Managers.......... Byron and Bobbie Smith 1047 8th Avenue, Graceville, FL 32440
(850) 878-6844; FX: (850) 942-1793
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 4110 Tralee Road, Tallahassee, FL 32309 (850) 263-0246;
(754) 321-1861 (850) 893-3606;
President-elect......................April Laymon, NBCT Florida Music Director, Editor-in-Chief
Local Co-Chairman................................ Ted Hope 1434 North Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206
Michael Allen
Past President........................... Jeanne Reynolds Hillsborough County Public Schools (904) 662-1556;
2305 Kilkenny Drive West, Tallahassee, FL 32309
Pinellas County Schools, Administration Building School Administration Center
(850) 894-1086; FX: (850) 644-2033 Past President...............................Lu Anne Leone
301 4th Street, SW, P.O. Box 2942 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33602 2108 North 14th Court, Hollywood, FL 33020
Largo, FL 33779-2942 (813) 272-4861;
(954) 925-6126
(727) 588-6055; FSMA President.................................. David Lewis
Local Co-Chairwoman...............Melanie Faulkner
Polk County District Office
President-elect................................... Sheila King Hillsborough County Public Schools
P.O. Box 391, Bartow, FL 33831 Executive Director......................Anita Travaglino
3730 Oakhill Drive, Titusville, FL 32780 School Administration Center
(863) 534-0624; 19336 Otters Wick Way, Land O’Lakes, FL 34639
(321) 383-3991; 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 949-9380;
(813) 272-4461;
FBA President.................................. Mark Spreen FMEA COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS
Awards...........................................Debbie Fahmie FLORIDA BANDMASTERS ASSOCIATION
Sarasota, FL 34231-8511
Fine and Performing Arts Resource Specialist President......................................Beth Cummings
(941) 923-1484; President.......................................... Mark Spreen
Osceola District Schools Polk County Schools
Riverview High School
FCMEA President......... Kathleen Kerstetter, Ph.D. (407) 870-4904; 5204 Highway 98 South, Lakeland, FL 33813
1 Ram Way, Sarasota, FL 34231-8511
11720 Berry Drive, Cooper City, FL 33026 (863) 647-4729;
Black Caucus............................Bernie Hendricks (941) 923-1484;
(954) 447-6217;
Ocoee High School, 1925 Ocoee Crown Point Past President...................... Tom Pearson, Ph.D.
President-elect.............................. Randy Folsom
FCMENC President........................ Michelle Guest Parkway, Orlando, FL 34761 School District of Palm Beach County
Fort Walton Beach Sr. High School
18193 Horseshoe Bay Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33967 (407) 905-3009; 3310 Forest Hill Boulevard, C-225
400 Hollywood Boulevard, SW
(239) 437-8009; West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Budget/Finance, Development......Joe Luechauer Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-4540
(561) 434-8161
FCMENC Advisor....................... Al Holcomb, Ph.D. Broward County Public Schools (850) 833-3300, ext. 2507
University of Central Florida 600 SE 3rd Avenue, 12th Floor
4000 Central Florida Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Treasurer................................. Sandra Durr, Ph.D.
Past President.................................Chuck Fulton
Orlando, FL 32816 (754) 321-1861 Escambia County District Schools
Lakeland Christian School
(407) 823-4180; J.E. Hall, Suite 105, 30 East Texar Drive
1111 Forest Park Street, Lakeland, FL 33803
Pensacola, FL 32503
FEMEA President . ................Karen Bouton, NBCT Emerging Leaders...................Judy Bowers, Ph.D. (863) 688-2771, ext 237;
(850) 469-5311;
1047 8th Avenue, Graceville, FL 32440 Florida State University, College of Music
Executive Director.....................Duane L. Hendon
(850) 263-0246; Tallahassee, FL 32306-1180
Florida Bandmasters Association FLORIDA ORCHESTRA ASSOCIATION
(850) 644-3005;
FMSA President............................Beth Cummings P.O. Box 1028, Silver Springs, FL 34489-1028
President........................................... Tami Roedig
P.O. Box 437, Kathleen, FL 33849 Florida Music Industry Council........... Fred Schiff (352) 625-9570;
1844 Mountain Ash Way
(863) 859-2447; All County Music New Port Richey, FL 34655
8136 North University Drive FLORIDA COLLEGE MUSIC EDUCATORS (727) 943-4035;
FOA President................................... Tami Roedig
Tamarac, FL 33321-1708 ASSOCIATION
1844 Mountain Ash Way
(954) 722-3424, Past President........................ Scott Rudes, Ph.D.
New Port Richey, FL 34655 President.......................Kathleen Kerstetter, Ph.D.
Assistant Principal for Magnet Curriculum
(727) 943-4035; General Music.......................................Ed Prasse 11720 Berry Drive, Cooper City, FL 33026
Howard W. Blake High School
3046 Cloudland Drive,Tallahassee, FL 32312 (954) 447-6217;
FVA President....................... Mary Catherine Salo 1701 North Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33607 Past President................................. John Seybert (813) 272-3422
706 SW 25th Avenue
Boynton Beach, FL 33435 Research..................................Victor Fung, Ph.D. Southeastern University
(561) 734-2960; University of South Florida, School of Music 1000 Longfellow Boulevard
Executive Director..................... Donald Langland
FAH 110, College of Visual and Performing Arts Lakeland, FL 33801-6034
Member-at-Large.............. John K. Southall, Ph.D. 620 Rollingwood Lane, Valrico, FL 33594
Tampa, FL 33620 (863) 667-5104;
Indian River State College (813) 774-9752; FX: (813) 333-1045
(813) 974-1145; Secretary-Treasurer...................Kenneth Phillips
3209 Virginia Avenue; Fort Pierce, FL 34981
(772) 462-7810; Retired Members..................... Lucinda Balistreri Palm Beach Atlantic University
4461 North Lake Drive, Sarasota, FL 34232 P.O. Box 24708 FLORIDA VOCAL ASSOCIATION
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS (941) 371-3020 West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4708
President.............................. Mary Catherine Salo (561) 803-2411; kenneth_phillips@pba.osu
Historian/Parliamentarian 706 SW 25th Avenue, Boynton Beach, FL 33435
Kathleen D. Sanz, Ph.D. Special Learners.........................Josue Rodriguez (561) 734-2960;
District School Board of Pasco County Hollywood Park Elementary Past President.................................. Michael Dye
7227 Land O’ Lakes Boulevard 901 North 69 Way, Hollywood, FL 33024 President....................................... Michelle Guest
102 Georgia Avenue, Niceville, FL 32578
Land O’ Lakes, FL 34638 (754) 323-6250 18193 Horseshoe Bay Circle
(850) 729-1733;
(813) 794-2248; Fort Myers, FL 33967
(239) 437-8009; Executive Director........................... J. Mark Scott
DOE Arts Education.................Linda Lovins, Ph.D. Technology..................................Dominick Eggen 7122 Tarpon Court, Fleming Island, FL 32003
Florida Department of Education Viera High School Past President.......................... Nicholas Casiano
(904) 284-1551;
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 432 6103 Stadium Parkway, Viera, FL 32940 970 Plover Avenue, Miami Springs, FL 33166
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400 (321) 632-1770 (305) 887-8748; Financial Officer........................... Betty Jo Couch
(850) 245-0762; 1242 Jade Lane NE, Palm Bay, FL 32907
(321) 327-7976;

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