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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
Arizona: Tara Kissane
Arkansas: Bart Dooley
California: Jean Strickland
Colorado: Becky Bradley
Connecticut: Jasper Bowman
District of Columbia: Jennifer Blackman
European: Joy Morgen
Florida Jenny Abdelnour
Georgia: Bonita Thomie
Illinois: Sarah A. Bush Randolph
Indiana: Shannon Stutler
Iowa Michelle Bennett
Kansas: Patricia Ahern
Kentucky: Mary Scaggs
Maine: Nancy Curran
Michigan: Diane Mehringer
Mississippi Mynette Minshew
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: Helen Ruhlen
Oklahoma: Mary Beth Singleton
Oregon: Mark Jones
Pennsylvania: Charles Neidhardt
Rhode Island: John MacDonald
South Carolina: Charles Masker
South Dakota: Kim Bruguier
Tennessee: Richard Mitchell
Texas: Robert Ball
Utah: Dr. Rachel L Nardo, University of Utah
Vermont: Barbara Connelly
Virginia: Anna Moore and Marie Weber
Washington: WMEA
West Virginia: Renee Wyatt
Wisconsin: Sharon Munson
Wyoming: Elin Mayo