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State MIOSM® Chairpersons

March has been officially designated by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month®, the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation.

NAfME’s 52 federated state organizations (representing each state, the District of Columbia, and Europe) play an active role in the observance, securing governors’ proclamations, enlisting the support of chief state school officers, and establishing organizational structures to help reach individual music educators. MIOSM chairpersons with each state organization provide the major thrust for the MIOSM celebrations, with the goal of involving students, administrators, parents, civic groups, and community members. Please feel free to contact your state representative listed below. For those not listed, please visit the federated state associations page.


Alabama: Sarah McLendon
Arkansas: Bart Dooley
California: Coralie Prince
District of Columbia: Jennifer Blackman
European: Lisa Williams
Georgia: Bonita Thomie
Illinois: Sarah A. Bush Randolph
Iowa Betsy Kirby
Kansas: Patricia Ahern
Kentucky: Mary Scaggs
Maine: Nancy Curran
Michigan: Diane Mehringer
Missouri: Nylah Beach
Montana: Dennis Dell
Nebraska: Stacy Bean
New Hampshire: Therese Davison
New Jersey: Christine Sezer
New Mexico: General Music VP
New York: Alexander Boschi
North Dakota: Denese Odegaard
North Carolina: Angela Mangum
Nevada: Martha O’Neill
Ohio: Amanda Rhonemus
Oklahoma: Mary Beth Singleton
Oregon: Mark Jones
Pennsylvania: Charles Neidhardt
Rhode Island: John MacDonald
South Carolina: Charles Masker
South Dakota: Kim Bruguier
Texas: Christopher Hanson
Utah: Dr. Rachel L Nardo, University of Utah
Vermont: Barbara Connelly
Virginia: Debra Lindsay
Washington: WMEA
West Virginia: Renee Wyatt
Wisconsin: Linda Meier
Wyoming: Elin Mayo