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Concerts | Meetings | Receptions | Rehearsals

Maps of Locations - Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center

Sessions        Session Descriptions       At-a-Glance

Thurs-Sat, March 5-7, 2020

Day Time Room Session Title Clinician Strand
Thurs 8:00-9:00 Waterfront 1ABC Creating Digital Portfolios! Brian Sheehan Tech
Thurs 8:00-9:00 Waterfront 2 Project-Based Learning: Hip-Hop Creation in the Music Classroom Rachel Candee, Jarritt Sheel Innov
Thurs 8:00-9:00 Waterfront 3 What are Orff & Kodály teaching approaches? Karin Puffer, David Piper Gen Music
Thurs 8:00-9:00 Beacon Hill 1 Need 20/20 Vision? Corrective Lenses for the 21st Century Educator. Kirstie Wheeler, Cynthia Grammer Gen Interest
Thurs 8:00-9:00 Cambridge Complex Harmony Handbook: Repertoire and Resources for Children’s Choirs Anna Wentlent Choral
Thurs 8:00-9:00 Back Bay Complex Embouchure Development & Maintenance for Young Brass Players, Brought to You by the Eastman Music Company Tuba Division. Jobey Wilson Band / Jazz
Thurs 8:00-9:00 Federal Complex Supporting Social-Emotional Learning through the Process of Teaching Music Jennifer Dennett Gen Music
Thurs 9:15-10:15 Plaza Ballroom What's New for Middle School Choirs?: A Reading Session Brendan Ferrari Choral
Thurs 9:15-10:15 Waterfront 1ABC Make the Connection Between Rehearsal and Home Practice with SmartMusic Laura Vaughan Tech
Thurs 9:15-10:15 Waterfront 2 A Tuneful Approach to Advanced Shifting Gabriel Villasurda Strings
Thurs 9:15-10:15 Waterfront 3 Effective Beginnings for the New Percussionist Bobby Glynn, Donny Albro Band / Jazz
Thurs 9:15-10:15 Beacon Hill 1 Tips for Success: Secrets Revealed from Leading Instrumental Educators to Make Our Job Easier Marcia Neel Band / Jazz
Thurs 9:15-10:15 Beacon Hill 2&3 Funding and Resources for Music Educators in Massachusetts Erik Holmgren, Malka Travaglini Gen Interest
Thurs 9:15-10:15 Cambridge Complex Cultural Responsiveness in the Music Classroom Anthony Beatrice Innov
Thurs 9:15-10:15 Back Bay Complex Help! I Have Too Many Talented Women! (Tips, Tricks, and Rep for the High School Treble Choir) Sarah Labrie, Kendra Nutting Choral
Thurs 9:15-10:15 Federal Complex Getting Started with Adaptive Music - Philosophy, Goals, and Easy Adaptations David Aquilina Gen Music
Thurs 10:30-11:45 Plaza Ballroom KEYNOTE: Habits of a SIGNIFICANT Music Educator Scott Rush MMEA
Thurs 12:00-1:00 Waterfront 1ABC One Method Book, Many Students: Differentiating Instruction for Beginners Laura Vaughan Tech
Thurs 12:00-1:00 Waterfront 2 Conducting: Getting Beyond “Watch Me!” Gabriel Villasurda Strings
Thurs 12:00-1:00 Waterfront 3 Conducting Review for the Elementary and Middle School Teacher Emily Ellsworth Choral
Thurs 12:00-1:00 Beacon Hill 1 Digital Mindfulness Applications for Music Educators Sheerin Berte Band / Jazz
Thurs 12:00-1:00 Beacon Hill 2&3 Esprit de WHAT?! Establishing a Culture in Your Band Program Christopher Noce, Kevin Maier Band / Jazz
Thurs 12:00-1:00 Back Bay Complex Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Music Education Scott Edgar Innov
Thurs 12:00-1:00 Federal Complex Getting to the Heart of Music: Using SEL in the Music Classroom Toni Garza Gen Music
Thurs 1:15-2:30 Plaza Ballroom Concert Hour MMEA
Thurs 1:15-2:30 Waterfront 2 Building Immersive Musical Experiences through the Ecosonic Playground Project Elissa Johnson-Green Gen Interest
Thurs 1:15-2:30 Waterfront 3 Critical Listening of Hip-Hop In Music Education Jarritt Sheel Innov
Thurs 1:15-2:30 Back Bay Complex Teaching Ukulele through Popular Music Education Warren Gramm Innov
Thurs 1:15-2:30 Federal Complex Jump Start Your Clarinet Section Rob Patterson Band / Jazz
Thurs 2:45-3:45 Plaza Ballroom Rehearsal Techniques for The Jazz Orchestra Greg Hopkins Band / Jazz
Thurs 2:45-3:45 Waterfront 1ABC Help Students Prepare for Auditions with SmartMusic Laura Vaughan Tech
Thurs 2:45-3:45 Waterfront 2 Habits of a SUCCESSFUL Band Director Scott Rush MMEA
Thurs 2:45-3:45 Waterfront 3 Creativity in the Choral Classroom Karla McClain Choral
Thurs 2:45-3:45 Beacon Hill 1 Curriculum Ideas for the Middle School General Music Class Toni Garza Gen Music
Thurs 2:45-3:45 Beacon Hill 2&3 10 Years After: Lessons to be Learned from George N. Parks That Matter Today Tim Anderson Band / Jazz
Thurs 2:45-3:45 Cambridge Complex String Orchestra New Music Reading Session Christopher Memoli Strings
Thurs 2:45-3:45 Back Bay Complex Social Emotional Learning in Chorus Sara Carson Choral
Thurs 2:45-3:45 Federal Complex Lullabies, Special People and Shared Experiences: Composing in Early Childhood Janice Smith, Michele Kaschub Gen Interest
Thurs 4:00-5:00 Plaza Ballroom Greg Hopkins Jazz Band Performance Greg Hopkins Band / Jazz
Thurs 4:00-5:00 Waterfront 1ABC Noteflight and Noteflight Learn Brian Rabuse, Rebecca Hoffmann Tech
Thurs 4:00-5:00 Waterfront 2 Stations in the Elementary Music Classroom Kelly Graeber Gen Music
Thurs 4:00-5:00 Waterfront 3 Pre-Paration; Harmony in the High-Needs Classroom or Getting Students to the Place Where They Are Ready to Learn Skills and Concepts. Susie Petrov Gen Music
Thurs 4:00-5:00 Beacon Hill 1 Where Are the Girls in the Jazz Band? Lisa Linde Band / Jazz
Thurs 4:00-5:00 Beacon Hill 2&3 Resources for Teaching and Supporting Diverse Learners Janet Underhill Gen Interest
Thurs 4:00-5:00 Cambridge Complex String Orchestra New Music Reading Session Christopher Memoli Strings
Thurs 4:00-5:00 Back Bay Complex Music for SAB Choirs: Secondary-Level Music for Three-Part Mixed Choral Ensembles Daniel Fleury Choral
Thurs 4:00-5:00 Federal Complex Challenges and Changes in Secondary School General Music Composition Janice Smith, Michele Kaschub Gen Interest
Thurs 5:00-6:00 Plaza Ballroom Exhibitor Reception MMEA
Fri 8:00-9:00 Plaza Ballroom Concert Band New Music Reading Session Catherine Iatesta, Gerry Dolan Band / Jazz
Fri 8:00-9:00 Waterfront 1ABC Tech Tools for Using Popular Music in Your Classroom Warren Gramm Tech
Fri 8:00-9:00 Waterfront 2 Establishing a Music and Memory Program Robin Mallory Gen Interest
Fri 8:00-9:00 Waterfront 3 Give Me a Break: Tips to Facilitate the Clarinet Break Christine Damm Band / Jazz
Fri 8:00-9:00 Beacon Hill 2&3 A Place for Everyone: Creating Inclusive Spaces for the Transgender Student in the Choral Classroom Amanda Johnson Choral
Fri 8:00-9:00 Cambridge Complex Developing an Elementary Choral Program for All Singers Elisa Haveles Choral
Fri 8:00-9:00 Back Bay Complex Jazz Rehearsal Game Plan Dean Sorenson Band / Jazz
Fri 8:00-9:00 Federal Complex Four Beginner Composition Projects for Secondary Students Janice Smith, Michele Kaschub Gen Interest
Fri 8:00-9:00 Skyline Action and Teacher Research: Three Exemplars Jarritt Sheel Gen Interest
Fri 8:00-9:00 South End Keep Them Singing: Engaging Lesson Plans for Upper Elementary School Students Christine Morgan Gen Music
Fri 9:15-10:15 Plaza Ballroom Concert Band New Music Reading Session Catherine Iatesta, Gerry Dolan Band / Jazz
Fri 9:15-10:15 Waterfront 1ABC Top Finale Tips for Educators Laura Vaughan Tech
Fri 9:15-10:15 Waterfront 2 Advocacy Is Everyday: How to Be an Advocate in Everything You Do John Mlynczak Gen Interest
Fri 9:15-10:15 Waterfront 3 "What do I do with that drum set kid in jazz band?" Jim Felker Band / Jazz
Fri 9:15-10:15 Beacon Hill 1 Tried and True Techniques: A Roundtable Discussion for String Teachers Colleen MacDonald, Whitney Tandon Strings
Fri 9:15-10:15 Beacon Hill 2&3 Incorporating Ensembles Into Your Classroom Guitar Curriculum Michael Christiansen Band / Jazz
Fri 9:15-10:15 Cambridge Complex The Choral Warm-Up as Voice Lesson Catherine Connor-Moen Choral
Fri 9:15-10:15 Back Bay Complex Popular Music Education and Modern Band Warren Gramm Innov
Fri 9:15-10:15 Federal Complex Oboes, Bassoons & Reeds?! OH MY! Edward Senn Band / Jazz
Fri 9:15-10:15 Skyline Demystifying Voice Problems in Children: Nodules, Polyps, and Cysts--Oh My! Karen Thompson Choral
Fri 9:15-10:15 South End The Student Teaching Placement: Creating a Mutually Beneficial Experience Daniel Albert Gen Interest
Fri 10:15-11:00 Plaza Ballroom Exhibitor Breakfast MMEA
Fri 11:15-12:15 Plaza Ballroom General Meeting and Awards - Plaza Ballroom MMEA
Fri 12:30-1:30 Waterfront 1ABC Affordable Music Technology in the Classroom Chee-Ping Ho Tech
Fri 12:30-1:30 Waterfront 2 Habits of a Musical Wind Ensemble: Sequential Fundamentals that Lead to Music Making Scott Rush MMEA
Fri 12:30-1:30 Waterfront 3 Quality Repertoire for the Young Singer: A Reading Session for Elementary and Middle School Choirs Emily Ellsworth Choral
Fri 12:30-1:30 Beacon Hill 1 Emergency Repairs for Band Directors J. Michael Leonard Band / Jazz
Fri 12:30-1:30 Beacon Hill 2&3 Jazz Guitar Is a Four Stringed Instrument Alan Vaudreuil Band / Jazz
Fri 12:30-1:30 Cambridge Complex Introducing the New Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Framework! Dawn Benski, DESE Gen Interest
Fri 12:30-1:30 Back Bay Complex Left Hand Flexibility: Breaking the D- Major Straightjacket Gabriel Villasurda Strings
Fri 12:30-1:30 Federal Complex No Wasted Moments! Using Time Productively in Our Music Classrooms Sandra Nicolucci Gen Music
Fri 12:30-1:30 South End Native Songs and Traditions of the Eastern Woodlands Heather Moretz Gen Interest
Fri 1:45-3:00 Plaza Ballroom Concert Hour MMEA
Fri 1:45-3:00 Waterfront 2 Bucket Drumming Basics: How to Build Your Own Program Eytan Wurman Innov
Fri 1:45-3:00 Waterfront 3 Circlesongs: The Joy of Spontaneous, Collaborative Vocal Music Michael Turner Choral
Fri 1:45-3:00 Cambridge Complex A Music Composition Project for Your Middle Schoolers - and You Steve Damon Innov
Fri 1:45-3:00 Back Bay Complex MORE Innovative Uses Of Technology in the Orchestra Rehearsal Joseph Brennan Strings
Fri 3:15-4:15 Plaza Ballroom Pass Me the Jazz!!! Vocal Jazz Repertoire Selection and Reading Session Kevin McDonald Choral
Fri 3:15-4:15 Waterfront 1ABC Music Tech to Go Amber Love Tech
Fri 3:15-4:15 Waterfront 2 Musicianship by Design in the Instrumental Rehearsal Matthew Finnegan Band / Jazz
Fri 3:15-4:15 Waterfront 3 Introducing the New Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Framework! Dawn Benski, DESE Gen Interest
Fri 3:15-4:15 Beacon Hill 1 Yes, You CAN Arrange That for Your Ensemble! John Mlynczak Gen Interest
Fri 3:15-4:15 Beacon Hill 2&3 We All Perform On the Same Stage - Improving the Ensemble Skills Of Your Secondary String Players Joseph Brennan Strings
Fri 3:15-4:15 Cambridge Complex Baby Steps: Building a foundation for improvisation with our youngest students Jennifer Doiron Gen Music
Fri 3:15-4:15 Back Bay Complex Techniques and Technology for the Modern Choral Ensemble Daniel Rivenburgh Choral
Fri 3:15-4:15 Federal Complex Implementation of Social Emotional Learning in Music Education Classrooms: Activities for Personal and Interpersonal Growth Scott Edgar Innov
Fri 3:15-4:15 Skyline Why You Should Have a Tri-M Chapter Stephanie Riley MMEA
Fri 4:30-5:30 Waterfront 1ABC Air on a G Suite: Google Tools for Music Education John Mlynczak Tech
Fri 4:30-5:30 Waterfront 2 Beginning Piano in Your School: How to Go About Getting and Implementing in Your Curriculum. Stephanie Riley Gen Interest
Fri 4:30-5:30 Waterfront 3 Keys to the Kingdom: Building Tone in Young Singers Through Sensation Emily Ellsworth Choral
Fri 4:30-5:30 Beacon Hill 1 Guitars for Non-Guitarists. Harry Wagg Band / Jazz
Fri 4:30-5:30 Beacon Hill 2&3 Developing Leadership, Assessing, and Inspring your Students through Chamber Music Peter Lewis Band / Jazz
Fri 4:30-5:30 Back Bay Complex Orchestral Bowings, a Common-Sense Compendium Gabriel Villasurda Strings
Fri 4:30-5:30 Federal Complex And the Beat Goes On: How Marching Band Participation Impacts 9th Grade Transition Raymond Dandurand Band / Jazz
Fri 4:30-5:30 Skyline Young Composers Forum Joseph Pondaco Gen Interest
Sat 8:00-9:00 Waterfront 2 Incorporating Yoga in the Elementary Music Classroom: Breathing Exercises, Games, and Literature Jessica Penella Gen Music
Sat 8:00-9:00 Waterfront 3 Joyful Recorder Cathy Ward Gen Music
Sat 8:00-9:00 Beacon Hill 2&3 New Music Educators: Challenges, Successes, and New Ideas Nicholas Patrick Quigley, Ruth Debrot Gen Interest
Sat 8:00-9:00 Cambridge Complex Singers, Arise! Anna Wentlent Choral
Sat 8:00-9:00 Back Bay Complex Sight Reading Bootcamp: A new 3-step comprehensive approach to ensemble sight reading Rachel Jayson Strings
Sat 8:00-9:00 Federal Complex Teaching: It's More Than Just Teaching Daniel Albert Gen Interest
Sat 9:15-10:15 Waterfront 1ABC Empowering Student Creativity through 1:1 Music Technology Daniel Albert, Thomas Nasiatka Tech
Sat 9:15-10:15 Waterfront 2 Adaptive Music Teaching Demo Will Houchin Gen Music
Sat 9:15-10:15 Waterfront 3 Got Band? Got Strings? Let's Start a Symphony Orchestra!- How to Start and Develop a Symphony Orchestra Program in Your School or Community. Cami Tedoldi Band / Jazz
Sat 9:15-10:15 Beacon Hill 2&3 Woodwind and Brass Strategies for String Orchestra Directors Tobias Monte Strings
Sat 9:15-10:15 Cambridge Complex Beginning Ukulele…To Strum Or Not To Strum? Ken Trapp Gen Music
Sat 9:15-10:15 Amphitheater Innovations Festival Tom Westmoreland Innov
Sat 10:30-11:30 Waterfront 1ABC Culturally Responsive Teaching in Music Technology Stefano Marchese Tech
Sat 10:30-11:30 Waterfront 2 Let's Dance! Karin Puffer Gen Music
Sat 10:30-11:30 Waterfront 3 Incorporating Popular Music and Dance in Choral Music Education Ruth Debrot Innov
Sat 10:30-11:30 Beacon Hill 2&3 Transforming Arts Peer Mentoring Through Video Anthony Beatrice Gen Interest
Sat 10:30-11:30 Cambridge Complex Advanced Ukulele Techniques for Teachers and Students Ken Trapp Gen Music
Sat 10:30-11:30 Back Bay Complex Growing Your Beginning Band by Numbers and Abilities One Day at a Time. Rob Lesley Band / Jazz
Sat 10:30-11:30 Federal Complex A Place for All to Learn: Creating Safe, Inclusive Classrooms for Transgender and Non-Binary Students Christina Whittlesey Gen Interest
Sat 10:30-11:30 Amphitheater Innovations Festival Tom Westmoreland Innov
Sat 11:45-12:45 Waterfront 2 Improvisation: A Creative Path for Developing Musical Skills Sarah Tenney Gen Music
Sat 11:45-12:45 Waterfront 3 The History of Hip-Hop In The Music Classroom Meaghan O'Connor-Vince Innov
Sat 11:45-12:45 Beacon Hill 2&3 Universal Design for Learning in the Music Setting: Reaching Every Student in Classes and Rehearsals Rhoda Bernard Gen Interest
Sat 11:45-12:45 Cambridge Complex Empowering Your Choral Ensemble through Innovation Reagan Paras Choral
Sat 11:45-12:45 Back Bay Complex Vocal Health and Rehabilitation Cynthia Kreyling Gen Music
Sat 11:45-12:45 Federal Complex Beginner Drum Set (Without a Drum Set) Greg Lessard Band / Jazz


Concert Hour Details

Concert Hour 1 – Plaza Ballroom, Thursday (1:15pm-2:30pm) - March 5, 2020
Arthur Pierce, CD Chairperson, presiding
Longmeadow Lyrics - Kayla Werlin, Conductor
Longmeadow High School Symphony Orchestra - Arthur Thovmasian, Conductor
The MICCA Award

Concert Hour 2 – Plaza Ballroom, Friday (1:45pm-3:00pm) - March 6, 2020
Christopher Noce, ED Chair, presiding
Pierce Middle School String Ensemble, Debra Miller, Conductor
Concord-Carlisle High School Select Choir, Deborah Smith, Conductor
MAJE Lifetime Achievement Award

Friday Evening Concert - Plaza Ballroom, Friday (6:00pm) - March 6, 2020
Bay State Winds will perform under the direction of Peter Lewis

Casual Concerts

Treble Chorus Concert
Saturday, March 7, 2020 – Plaza Ballroom, Seaport Hotel, Boston, MA
First Concert – 1:00 PM
Second Concert – 2:30 PM


Thursday, 6:15 PM – 7:00 PM


Thursday, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM


Ensemble Day Time Location
Chorus Thursday 10:00am-12:45pm Amphitheatre (WTC)
Chorus Thursday 1:15pm-3:20pm Amphitheatre (WTC)
Chorus Thursday 3:40pm-6:45pm Amphitheatre (WTC)
Chorus Thursday 7:30pm-8:30pm Amphitheatre (WTC)
Chorus Friday 8:30am-10:00am Amphitheatre (WTC)
Chorus Friday 10:15am-11:45am Amphitheatre (WTC)
Chorus Friday 12:30pm-3:00pm Amphitheatre (WTC)
Chorus Friday 3:20pm-5:30pm Amphitheatre (WTC)
Chorus Friday 6:15pm-7:30pm Amphitheatre (WTC)
Ensemble Day Time Location
Jazz Band Thursday 10:00am-12:45pm Constitution Room (Hotel)
Jazz Band Thursday 1:15pm-3:20pm Constitution Room (Hotel)
Jazz Band Thursday 3:40pm-6:45pm Constitution Room (Hotel)
Jazz Band Thursday 7:30pm-8:30pm Constitution Room (Hotel)
Jazz Band Friday 8:30am-10:00am Constitution Room (Hotel)
Jazz Band Friday 10:15am-11:45am Constitution Room (Hotel)
Jazz Band Friday 12:30pm-3:00pm Constitution Room (Hotel)
Jazz Band Friday 3:20pm-5:30pm Constitution Room (Hotel)
Jazz Band Friday 6:15pm-7:00pm Constitution Room (Hotel)
Ensemble Day Time Location
Orchestra Thursday 10:00am-12:00pm Lighthouse I (Hotel)
Orchestra Thursday 12:30pm-3:00pm Lighthouse I (Hotel)
Orchestra Thursday 3:20pm-5:45pm Lighthouse I (Hotel)
Orchestra Thursday 6:30pm-8:15pm Lighthouse I (Hotel)
Orchestra Friday 9:15am-10:30am Lighthouse I (Hotel)
Orchestra Friday 10:45am-12:15pm Lighthouse I (Hotel)
Orchestra Friday 12:30pm-12:45pm Lighthouse I (Hotel)
Orchestra Friday 1:30pm-3:20pm Lighthouse I (Hotel)
Orchestra Friday 3:40pm-6:10pm Lighthouse I (Hotel)
Ensemble Day Time Location
Symphonic Band Thursday 10:00am-12:00pm Cityview Ballroom (WTC)
Symphonic Band Thursday 12:30pm-3:00pm Cityview Ballroom (WTC)
Symphonic Band Thursday 3:20pm-5:45pm Cityview Ballroom (WTC)
Symphonic Band Thursday 6:30pm-8:15pm Cityview Ballroom (WTC)
Symphonic Band Friday 9:15am-10:30am Cityview Ballroom (WTC)
Symphonic Band Friday 10:45am-12:15pm Cityview Ballroom (WTC)
Symphonic Band Friday 12:30pm-12:45pm Cityview Ballroom (WTC)
Symphonic Band Friday 1:30pm-3:20pm Cityview Ballroom (WTC)
Symphonic Band Friday 3:40pm-6:10pm Cityview Ballroom (WTC)

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Michael LaCava
Interim Executive Director
PO Box 920004
Needham, MA 02492