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This year we will be using Google doc forms for the conference group nominations.  Eventually, this process will be done via the Bay Section website just like the new Festival registration system (the conference group nomination system is still in the works).  For this year, please use the nomination links below to register your students.  Nominations are due by October 22, 2016. 

    Band Nomination Form

    Orchestra Nomination Form

    Choir Nomination Form

    Jazz:  will be processed differently, see information below -

Jazz deadline is October 22:

Conference Jazz Ensemble Letter

Conference Jazz Ensemble Application

Conference Jazz Ensemble Audition Materials


A Call To Action: Outreach Project (Click for more information!)

Bay Area General Music/ Elementary Music Conference

Presented by: California State University, East Bay, Northern California Association Orff Schulwerk Association, Northern California Associate of Kodaly Educators, and the Bay Section Chapter of California Music Educators Association

When: Saturday, October 15th

Where: California State University, East Bay (Hayward)

For More Info: Contact

A unique occassion for music educators working in general music, elementary, or classroom settings to share their experiences, compare pedagogies and get hands on experience with new or familiar approaches. Come for this important gathering and be prepared to dance, drum, sing, and play!

Some of the main presenters will be Doug Goodkin (Orff), Maree Hennessy (Kodaly), Pete Santucci (Gordon Music Learning Theory), Wendell Hanna (Reggio) and Kwaku Manu (Ghanaian drum and dance)


Handbook Revisions

New Festival Registration Site Directions

See the Tempo articles, referenced below, for information about the new festival registration site.

Members need their NAfME/CMEA ID# in order to register groups for festival.  To find your ID# go to the NAfME website to retrieve their membership number:

Tempo Articles pertaining to the New Festival Registration and Festival Evaluation System



New Job Postings

See the listing on the right side of this page for more information.

CMEA Adjudication Information

CMEA ADJUDICATION SESSION QUESTIONNAIRE - click here to fill out the survey (after you attend the session or view the PowerPoint presentation, below).

CMEA Adjudication PowerPoint (pptx format) - click here to download the PowerPoint presentation for viewing on your computer


Stand Up 4 Music (click the link to visit the SU4M website)

The 2014 CMEA-led Stand Up 4 Music (SU4M) California Music Education Advocacy Day was held on Thursday, May 22, 2014.  CMEA has posted a five-minute video online that contains clips of the event and interviews with some of the participants. In order to see this video, go to: .



Since 2013-2014 Festival Season, all festivals have been named by their regions rather than by their Areas. The regions are: 

  • North (Areas I & VII), representing Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties.
  • East (Areas II & III), representing Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
  • South (Areas V & VIII), representing Santa Clara county.
  • West (Area VI), representing San Francisco and San Mateo counties.
  • Valley (Area IV), representing Alpine, Calaveras, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne counties.


For more information on Festivals, click on the Festival tab, above.