Alaska Music Educators (AMEA)

Local Chapter of NAfME - The National Association for Music Education

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Ask Congress to Fully Fund the Title IV, Part A Block Grant!

Of the numerous “Well-Rounded” programs within the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA), the landmark law includes a new block grant titled Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (SSAEG), which was created under Title IV, Part A. This grant will provide supplemental funding to help states and school districts, and provide access to “Well-Rounded” education subjects, which now includes music and the arts. 

As we approach closer and closer to the finish line in the appropriations process, we need YOU, our music advocates, to engage with your members in Congress and urge them to support music education by allocating proper funding for Title IV, Part A (SSAEG).

It's easy!  Click on the link below to see the message already written (or write your own) and it will be sent to our Alaskan Senators, Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and to our Representative Don Young.



November 10-13, 2016 – Grapevine, Texas


The NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles represent the top performing high school musicians in the United States.So much more than a musical ensemble; it is a comprehensive, musical and educational experience. The ensembles will meet at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas under the baton of leaders in the field of music education. The NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles are represented in the following components: 

  •    Concert Band
  •    Mixed Choir
  •    Symphony Orchestra
  •    Jazz Ensemble

“This experience that you’ve given me will keep music in my heart and on my mind for the rest of my life.  Thank you.” – Matthew P., 2015 All-National Honor Ensemble Student.

Application Deadline- May 11, 2016 – midnight pacific time.

We are honored to present our 2016 All-National Honor Ensembles Conductors:

Concert Band:  Dr. Paula Crider, Professor Emerita, The University of Texas.  Read more.

Symphony Orchestra:  Dr. William LaRue Jones, Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Iowa.  Read more.

Mixed Choir:  Dr. Anton Armstrong,  Tosdal Professor of Music at St. Olaf College

Jazz Ensemble:  Todd Stoll, Vice-President of Education for Jazz at Lincoln Center.  Read more. Soon to be announced special guest conductor!

Application Instructions:

All applications are submitted online through 

Please log on to your existing account or create a new one. After you have submitted your application, you will not be able to access it again. Be sure you have submitted the correct information. Following your submission, your application will be sent to your ensemble director so that he/she can provide a recommendation and other personal information.

You will be contacted by NAfME staff mid-June 2016 regarding an admission decision for each ensemble.

Only students who meet the requirements below are eligible to apply for the NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles. Please be sure to read the requirements carefully, as they have changed from previous years. 


  • Be in grade 10, 11 or 12 during the 2016-2017 school year;
  • Attend school in one of the fifty states of the United States, the District of Columbia, or a Department of Defense School. 
  • Students must be accepted to their state’s 2015-2016 All-State Festival.  If there isn’t an  All-State festival  held during the 2015-2016 academic year the  2015-2016 Division festival will be acceptable (Northwest Division).  If your state MEA does not sponsor the All-State Festival, the state MEA will determine which students are eligible to receive an invitation to apply. 
  • Be a member of his or her school’s choral, string, or instrumental ensemble for the 2016-2017 school year corresponding with the ensemble for which application is made.
  • Receive endorsement from his or her ensemble director. (*ensemble director must be a current member of NAfME)
  • The final determination of eligibility for the All-National Honor Ensembles program is made by the student’sstate music education association(MEA).  Some states may require that students are both selected AND perform in their All-State. Students must follow the directive of their individual state MEA with regard to participation.  Students who fail to comply with their individual state requirements will not be eligible to participate in the NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles program.

Application Guidelines- New This Year

You are required to upload an unedited and unaccompanied video performing the required repertoire for your instrument or voice part. Please find repertoire requirements below. There is the option of uploading an additional 2 minute video. This may be a piece of your choosing and may be accompanied or unaccompanied. You could use this opportunity to demonstrate proficiency on an auxiliary instrument. The second video is not required.
This must be a VIDEO audition Video format may be one of the following: MP4, M4V, AVI, FLV, MOV, WMV, MPG, MPEG, M2V, MKV, WEBM

Audition Repertoire Requirements:

Please click on your ensemble for the required repertoire.  All audition music is found in the public domain. 

All applications must be completed by May 11, 2016 – midnight pacific time.

Download the 2016 All-National Honor Ensembles Flyer Here!

FAQ Sheet

If you have any questions, please contact:  


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!


Thanks to all who joined us for the

2016 AMEA Professional Development Conference

      "Music Inspires" 

We had a great time and hope you did, too!

Check out conference photos below...

Conference Photos Credit: Stuart Sibitzky 


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