March 2, 2010
Cowley makes presence felt at Kansas Music Educators Association workshop
Cowley College music majors and music instructors represented the school
at the Kansas Music Educators Association In Service Workshop held
Thursday through Saturday at the Century II Convention Hall in Wichita.
The convention featured over 500 of the top music students from across the state in the State Choir, State Band, State Orchestra and State Jazz Band.
Cowley College music instructors Connie Donatelli, Josh Fleig, and Dr. Gloria Tham helped work the school’s booth at the convention, as did the music majors.
“What a great way for us to let all of these outstanding students know about Cowley College and that they can continue pursuing their love of music here after they graduate from high school,” Donatelli said.
The purpose of KMEA is to bring together all music educators and performers in the state of Kansas. During the event, many workshops occur simultaneously addressing issues from teaching, conducting to performance of all levels. Performing groups from middle and high schools, colleges and universities audition for a spot in the performance lineup during the workshop. Individual students also audition to perform as part of the state honor ensembles (band, choir, orchestra) conducted by nationally known clinicians.
The event allowed Cowley’s music instructors to interact with high school and middle school age students in person.
“Cowley College was definitely a real presence this year at the convention and we were the only community college there with a booth,” Donatelli said.
The Cowley music majors are also the only community college students who are members of the Collegiate Music Educators National Association.
“Their presence was noticed by other workshop attendees,” Dr. Tham said. “They attended several concerts and workshops by well-respected conductors and clinicians. They also had the experience of promoting Cowley at our booth and told potential students about their experience at Cowley.”
Donatelli was glad to have all of Cowley’s students that are music majors be a part of the event for the first time.
“It was fun to see our students excited and fired up about what they were observing and experiencing,” Donatelli said. “This experience was invaluable to the students and the freshman have already said that they can’t wait until next year.”