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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 51 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. These chairpersons play a key role in music education advocacy during MIOSM and throughout the year.

Please feel free to contact your state representative listed below. For those not listed, please visit the federated state associations page.


Alabama: Mildred Lanier
Alaska Vacant
Arizona: Tara Kissane
Arkansas: Bart Dooley
California: Emma Joleen Schopler
Colorado: Vacant
Connecticut: Hannah Fraser
Delaware: Phoebe Marvel
District of Columbia: Vacant
European: Vacant
Florida: Jenny Abdelnour
Georgia: Vacant
Hawaii Vacant
Idaho Thomas Kloss
Indiana: Vacant
Iowa: Vacant
Kansas: Patricia Ahern
Kentucky: Vacant
Louisiana Vacant
Maine: Vacant
Maryland: JJ Norman
Massachusetts: Vacant
Michigan: Vacant
Minnesota: Vacant
Mississippi: Vacant
Missouri: Jennifer Patterson
Montana: Sarah Spangle
Nebraska: Ashley Brock
New Hampshire: Vacant
New Jersey: David Westawski
New Mexico: Vacant
New York: Scott Andrews
North Dakota: Vacant
North Carolina: Tonya Allison; Lindsay Williams
Nevada: Vacant
Ohio: Katie Ferren
Oklahoma: Vacant
Oregon: Laura Arthur; Julie Bounds
Pennsylvania: Chuck Neidhardt
Rhode Island: Vacant
South Carolina: Vacant
South Dakota: Vacant
Tennessee: Tiffany Barton
Texas: Robert Ball
Utah: Vacant
Vermont: Vacant
Virginia: Marie Weber
Washington: WMEA
West Virginia: Kathleen Fox
Wisconsin: Kathy Bartling
Wyoming: Jessica Riis-Hodges