From the President

COLL: Collegiate Division Updates

The collegiate division of AMEA has had a successful school year. Despite the effects of COVID-19, we were still able to successfully carry out the Collegiate Summit and AMEA Conference.

The 2020 Alabama Collegiate Summit was virtually held in October. The Summit focused on innovation in the music classroom during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hosted various guest speakers, including Andy Meadows, Dr. Pat Stegall, Randy Fields, Dr. Rob Lyda, and a panel of new teachers. We had thirty- five attendees and four faculty advisors from eight different universities across the state, including Samford, Alabama, Troy, North Alabama, Alabama State, Jacksonville State, and Alabama at Birmingham. The event served as a great encouragement in the middle of such a challenging school semester as many students transitioned to online classes.

The 2021 AMEA Conference, held in January, proved tremendously successful for the collegiate division, despite it occurring virtually for the first time. We hosted various sessions in conjunction with other divisions, covering everything from score study to sight-reading to building relationships in the classroom. The collegiate social events – coffee hour and game night – provided a space for students to build long-lasting connections with one another. As the weekend came to a close, elections were held, and the 2021-2022 Collegiate Executive Board is as follows:

President: Emma Tosney, University of Alabama
Vice President/President Elect: Mariah Martin, University of Alabama
Secretary: Hannah Creel, Samford University
Treasurer: John Niiler, University of Alabama

We will continue to update cNAfME chapters with our monthly collegiate newsletter and on our Instagram (@ua_cnafme) page. We are looking forward to another great year!

Emma Tosney, President, cNAfME Alabama