CMEA is excited to announce that it will be holding its 7th annual CMEA SU4M (Stand Up for Music) Advocacy Day, on at the California State Capitol in Sacramento, CA.
Part of our SU4M Advocacy Day includes a unique performance opportunity. School ensembles from throughout the state are invited to apply to participate in our “Concerts at the Capitol”, an event which runs concurrently with the SU4M Advocacy Day. Selected ensembles will be featured in performances on the North steps of our State Capitol building and in the Capitol Rotunda! Past groups who have performed have reported that the event created memories to last a lifetime. This event is sure to leave a lasting memory in the minds of our student musicians, many of whom may be future Music Educators themselves!
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, choir, steel pan bands, wind ensembles, guitar ensembles, mariachi bands, jazz ensembles (instrumental or vocal), electronic music ensemble, percussion ensembles or non-traditional ensembles, we would love to consider featuring them at SU4M Advocacy Day.
On May 18, 2017, 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 all those who performed at SU4M Advocacy Day 2017:
Chawanakee Academy Guitar Ensemble, Bill Samuelson - Director
Clovis North High School Orchestra, Arthur Howansky - Director
Winston Churchill Middle School Band, Sonia Takanikos-Erickson - Director
Clovis East High School Percussion Ensemble, Robert Strong - Director
Combined Cowan and Deterding Elementary School Choirs, George Dozet - Director
Hanford West High School Jazz Band “A”, Lisa Butts - Director
If you are interested in applying for this unique performance opportunity, click 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 the Advocacy Day Performance Coordinator, Jeremiah Jacks, at jeromejacks30