All State and NJMEA Conference Update

Greetings,

As an organization, NJMEA has spent the past several months monitoring the pandemic in order to make decisions regarding our programming for the upcoming school year. After much discussion, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020-2021 All-State ensembles as well as our February NJMEA State Conference. Many factors were a part of these difficult decisions, but the primary consideration was the health and safety of our students and educators.

NJMEA will be working with NAfME to ensure the decision regarding All-State will not negatively affect any students who desire to be part of future Eastern Division or National Honors Ensembles.

Additionally, while we are canceling the in-person component of the NJMEA State Conference, we will be working throughout the year to provide our membership with digitally-delivered professional development that is relevant to our current teaching environment. More information will follow, but in the near-term we are providing a webinar series throughout the month of August. Keep an eye out for emails and social media posts announcing these opportunities each week.

Thank you for your understanding, and stay safe.

Sincerely,
Patrick O’Keefe
President, NJMEA Board of Directors