Alaska Music Educators (AMEA)

Local Chapter of NAfME - The National Association for Music Education


The Alaska Music Educators Association is the local affiliate of NAfME, the National Association for Music Education.  We are a dedicated group of concerned and involved music teachers, working to positively impact the direction of music education to the benefit of students across the State of Alaska.


Membership in the Alaska Music Educators Association is included with your paid membership to NAfME. As a member of AMEA, you can personally affect what is happening in music education. We need you to become active in AMEA!


Alaska Orff Chapter Summer Music Offerings for Kids and Adults!

AK Orff president, Ingrid Lindberg, hopes that you all are in Summer mode and enjoying the glorious weather.  She also is ask your help in getting the word out about Summer Orff happenings.
AK Children's Music Camp - June 23-27  There are still quite a few openings in the morning and afternoon sessions.  If you know anyone with children ages 3 thru 13, please share the attached registration form.  Karen Medley, Kay Lehto, and Miriam Delap will once again lead this wonderful weeklong music experience.  
Intro to Orff, Alaskan Style -  June 30 thru July 2nd - 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM daily, PLUS 3 hours observation during kids camp (June 23-27) and you choose which 3 hours of camp to observe.  Karen Medley is REALLY adept at tailoring this course to the needs of attendees.  If there are more veteran teachers, she and Kay will lean more heavily on the Alaskan aspect of the class.  If there are newer teachers, they will do more intro things.  Please register soon so that they can plan and prepare some incredible stuff geared to YOUR needs.


String Student Scholarship Opportunity!

The Frank and Carol Pinkerton Orchestral String Instrument Scholarship supports outstanding candidates who wish to pursue careers as orchestra teachers. Frank and Carol Pinkerton lived in Alaska for 46 years, and were active music educators and performers. The Pinkertons are dedicated to ensuring that future generations of talented Alaskan musicians have the resources to pursue careers as music educators.

The Frank and Carol Pinkerton Orchestral String Instrument Scholarship is for students who display talent, dedication to the pursuit of a career in music education and a serious commitment to an advanced music education study program in a recognized music school, college, or university. Students of violin, viola, cello and string bass are eligible to apply. Students may be graduating high school seniors or currently enrolled at an institute of higher education.

The Frank and Carol Pinkerton Orchestral String Instrument Scholarship awards successful applicants up to $1,500. The scholarship will be paid directly to the applicant’s university to cover tuition, musical instruction or other direct musical expenses.


 Applicant must demonstrate motivation and musical potential.

 Applicant must be pursuing a degree in music education with an emphasis in string instruments.

 Applicant must be an Alaska resident.

 Applicant must be a graduating high school senior or currently enrolled college student.

 Applicants must be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.

 Applicant must be pursuing a career in the field of music education and be enrolled full-time by the beginning of the semester in which the award will be used.

 Successful applicants are eligible to reapply; preference will be given to previous awardees.

The applicant understands the award could be rescinded in any of the following circumstances:

 Applicant fails to submit student ID number and university information to the Alaska Community Foundation.

 Applicant does not enroll full-time for the semester/quarter in which the award is to be in effect.

 Applicant is placed on academic and/or disciplinary probation.

 Applicant does not make satisfactory academic progress.

 Applicant no longer meets the scholarship qualifications.

The scholarship application must be completed through The Alaska Community Foundation’s (ACF) online application system. The online application can be accessed through

Please contact ACF with any questions about the online application system or scholarship program at or 907-334-6700.

IMPORTANT: Successful applicants must submit their student ID number and program information to ACF before their award can be disbursed. If this is unavailable at the time of application submit by email ( or phone (907-274-6710) as soon as it becomes available.


Seattle-based Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble announces the 2013—2014 Student Choral Composition Awards.

The awards are open to students who are enrolled in High Schools, Colleges, and Universities during the 2013-2014 school year throughout the Northwest Region, including Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. 

The goal of this unique program is to foster the composition and public performance of choral works by talented young composers. Students may submit works in one of the following three categories. Go to this link for more information:
2014 NAfME Student Composers Competition

Submission deadline: February 15, 2014
Age categories: K-8, 9-12, Collegiate
NAfME is seeking original music written by student composers for featured performance in the Young Composer Concert at the National In-Service Conference in Nashville, TN in October 2014. 

In an exciting innovation, winning compositions for band, orchestra, chorus, and jazz ensemble will be considered for performance by an NAfME National Honors Ensemble at the 2014 conference.

Up to ten winning composers will receive cash awards of $150, thanks to the generous support of the European American Musical Alliance (Dr. Philip Lasser, president) and the Double R Foundation. All entrants will receive written evaluations of their compositions. 

Please direct questions, comments, and suggestions to:

Dr. Daniel Deutsch
Council for Music Composition Chair
National Association for Music Education
(631) 751-0006
(631) 223-6284 (cell)

Check out the new Fall 2013 AMEA Journal issue at the journal tab above!


Call for 2014 AMEA State Conference Session Proposals           

The Alaska Music Educators Association will host the biennial state conference in Fairbanks, January 10-11, 2014.  Session proposals are now being accepted. Click here to submit proposal.
For more information about submitting session proposals, please email or call Ginny Reese at: or (425) 712-9632.


Information for exhibitors interested in attending the conference will be posted soon.


Link Up - The Orchestra Sings

Several Alaska schools have brought this program to their music classrooms. The beginning units in this curriculum introduce basic soprano recorder technique as well as repertoire selections that students will perform in the culminating concert. Further units explore the repertoire from other perspectives, including listening, analysis, performance, creative projects, and experiential activities. For more information, click on the following link: 

Carnegie Hall Link Up Program

Rose Bowl Parade Accepts Colony High Marching Band for 2014!

The Colony High School Marching Band under the direction of Jamin Burton is going to the Rose Bowl Parade and competition in 2014. Colony High is in the Mat-Su Borough School District, the second largest school district in Alaska, with approximately 17,000 students at 45 sites. Beginning in 2011, Mr. Burton put together the application for CHS Marching Band to the Tournament of Roses Parade officials, including a letter of support from Superintendent Dr. Deena M. Paramo. “Directed by Mr. Jamin Burton, Colony High School Marching Band will provide a dose of geographic diversity for the Rose Bowl Parade,” she said. “In addition to its musicianship and stellar marching ability, I know you will find the Colony High Marching Band to be unique and entertaining,” she told the parade officials. “The band includes an award-winning drum line, and two members were selected from last year’s band to march in the 2011 Macy’s Great American Marching Band in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” Other accomplishments by the band include marching in the 2010 Sugar Bowl Parade in New Orleans, the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Parade, and the 2006 National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. Mr. Burton said, “Being accepted by the Rose Bowl is a goal that the band has been working toward for the last eight years. We are honored and excited to represent Colony, the Mat-Su Borough School District, and the state of Alaska in this honored tradition.”




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