Round The Regions


Batsch, Russell
Region I
NJSMA President, Russ Batsch

The NJSMA Elementary Music Division Columbus Day Workshop, featuring John Feierabend was a huge success! Over 160 music educators, supervisors and music education majors from NJ, NY, PA and VA attended the workshop. NJ Clinicians, Dr. Missy Strong and Amy Burns also presented sessions. The Sola Voce of the New Jersey Youth Chorus, under the direction of Tara Postigo performed as well. All participants received a SWAG bag, filled with catalogues and giveaways from favorite music education distributors. 25 door prizes were awarded, included a discounted February conference registration presented from NJMEA! Check out the NJSMA webpage for upcoming Elementary Division events. All elementary music educators are welcome to attend. Respectfully submitted by Lisa Wichman, Chairperson

Warshafsky, Adam
Region II
CJMEA President, Adam Warshafsky

CJMEA Intermediate Orchestra: Penny Martin, chair

Greetings from the Intermediate Orchestra Chair. We are having a successful Region Orchestra season.  I would like to thank everyone who stepped up to volunteer to make it all happen.  I can’t wait to see the 2016 Intermediate Orchestras in action at the concert on Saturday, March 5th at the Neptune High School PAC.  The New Jersey Youth Orchestra facility in New Providence is being used for our rehearsals this year and I would like to thank the teachers and administrators at these schools for inviting the CJMEA Intermediate Orchestras to use their buildings.  I would like to be prepared in advance for next year’s region rehearsals, so if anyone would like to host a rehearsal for any of the orchestra ensembles, please let me know right away.  It’s a great opportunity to fundraise for your group by holding a baked goods/snack sale.  Also, if you are interested in putting your name in the hat to conduct, please consider managing so you have the opportunity to work with the ensemble ahead of time. Have a wonderful Spring Concert Season!  I would like to wish all students auditioning for the All-State Intermediate Orchestra to break a leg!

CJMEA High School Band: Brian Toth, chair

Please be advised that the Region II HS Concert Band Festival has moved from the first week in April to March 15 (Summit HS), March 16 (Monroe Twp HS), and March 17 (Ridge HS).

O'Keefe, Patrick


Region III Instrumental
SJBODA President, Patrick O’Keefe


Our fall membership meeting was held on October 14, 2015 and had great attendance.  Ken Rafter was approved to conduct one of our 2016 Junior High Honor Bands, but we are still accepting conductor applications for one Junior High Band, Elementary Honor Bands, Elementary String Ensemble, as well as coaches for the high school chamber ensembles.  The conductor application can be found on our website ( Registration forms for our HS Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Orchestra and Junior High String Ensemble are currently available on the website.  Auditions will take place December 12, 2015 at Eastern Regional HS.


Dickenson, Nancy

Region III Vocal
SJCDA President, Nancy Dickinson


SJCDA prepares for upcoming Jr/Sr High Chorus Auditions on Saturday, November 21st at Woodstown High School.  Directors are reminded of the 8:00 am meeting in the Cafeteria.