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IGSMA 82nd Annual State Meeting

Sunday, September 20th 2020

This year our annual state meeting will take place via Zoom. An email was sent to registered members. Please contact us if you did not receive an email with the MEETING ID & PASSCODE.

IGSMA in the news

Thursday, August 13th 2020

‘Band and choir — there’s inherently aerosol spread with that.’ Educators try to create meaningful, in-person arts education during COVID-19.

“Music educators are, by nature, very creative people,” said Lisa Kiener-Barnett, president of IGSMA and former band director of 35 years. She said arts educators are used to having to adapt their programs to meet the needs of their districts: “I have full confidence they will adapt during this crisis and find ways to help kids be successful.”

Congratulations to our 2020 IGSMA Award Recipients!

Friday, June 5th 2020

2020 Cloyd Myers Memorial Award

Karen DeBauche

Urbana Middle School - Urbana, IL

2020 Barbara Buehlman Young Conductor's Award

Nick Martin

Glenn Westlake Middle School - Lombard, IL

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"I just wanted to take a moment and thank IGSMA and all of YOU for making this possible for our students.  As we know, it is so difficult to make this year feel "normal" and by allowing us the opportunity to do these solos virtually and allowing our kids to step up so early in the year to prepare a solo only helps them get better in so many ways (not just musically) and bring some slice of normalcy into our lives.  This is one of many reasons why I am so proud and honored to be a member of IGSMA - your commitment to students and music education is very inspiring!  Thank you again for your tireless work and efforts to help not just my students but hundreds, if not thousands, more!  

Truly grateful!!!!" - Rich Lehman - Clarendon Hills Middle School - Band Director

"I just want to say THANK YOU for heading this up. I am sure it was a great deal of additional work- on top of the craziness of teaching music during Covid-19.  Solo Contest this year probably was as much for me as it was for the students. It was a wonderful opportunity to work with students one on one and feeling at least a little normal. Thank you.  Your extra work is so greatly appreciated."

Susan Russell - Calvary Academy, South Holland