CMEA State Festivals

Special Thanks to our 2017 CMEA STATE FESTIVAL Premier Sponsor



 Deborah Gibbs, World Projects


2017 CMEA State Solo and Ensemble Festival (northern California) - May 5-6, 2017 - Sacramento State University

2017 CMEA State Band and Orchestra Festival - May 12, 2017 - Mondavi Center, UC Davis

2017 CMEA State Solo and Ensemble Festival (southern California) - May 13, 2017 - Azusa Pacific University

2017 Stand Up 4 Music Capitol Performances - May 18, 2017 - California State Capitol, Sacramento


Please click the links below to access more information and applications for each festival.


CMEA is excited to announce that it will be holding its 6th annual CMEA SU4M (Stand Up for Music) Advocacy Day, on May 18, 2017, at the California State Capitol in Sacramento, CA.  

Part of our SU4M Advocacy Day includes a unique performance opportunity!  We will be selecting ensembles, who will be given the opportunity to perform on the north steps of our State Capitol building and in the Capitol Rotunda! As a music educator, I look forward to featuring my students in performances that will create memories to last a lifetime.  This event is sure to leave a lasting memory in the minds of our student musicians. 
CMEA is looking to feature a variety of ensembles that will represent the diversity of our California’s school music programs.  If you have an orchestra, a vocal ensemble, steel pan bands, wind ensembles, guitar ensembles, mariachi bands, jazz bands or choirs, percussion ensembles or any other unique ensembles, we would love to consider featuring them at SU4M Advocacy Day.
On May 19, 2016, music students had the opportunity to perform for some of California's legislators and staff. Numerous members of the public and other performing ensembles also turned out to celebrate Music Education in California schools. The events culminated in a noon press conference where students performed our National Anthem and other patriotic selections. The event was hailed as a great success. Our legislators responded positively to the experience and the activities drew crowds from the surrounding areas who where interested in the beautiful sounds and excited by the event. A special thank you to 
Nicholas Cooper 
for his successful organization of the performing ensembles and sincere congratulations to all those who performed
Buhach Colony High School Thunder Band, Chad Humpal - Director
Southwest High School Chamber Orchestra, Dr. Matthew Busse - Director
El Camino High School Pep Band, Kevin Glaser - Director
Lakeside Steel Drums, Jonathan Barr - Director
Davis Sr. High Symphony Orchestra,  Angelo Moreno, Director
Bakersfield High School Chamber Singers, Christopher Borges - Director
Davis Sr. High Symphonic Band, Thomas Slabaugh II. - Director
If you are interested in applying for this unique performance opportunity, applications can be found on the CMEA website under the State Festivals page or by clicking here:  Capitol Performance Application.  Please submit applications with a recording of your ensemble to include two selections, one from this current school year and one from the previous year.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at For more information on California Music Education Advocacy please visit