Results of the 2019 NAfME Elections 

Results of the 2019 NAfME Elections 

Members of the National Association for Music Education: We are pleased to announce the officers you have elected.

The following are the 2019-21 Eastern Division President-Elect; Northwest Division President-Elect; and Southwestern Division President-Elect.


Eastern Division President-Elect:

Photo courtesy of Susan Barre

Susan B. Barre, elected as incoming Eastern Division President-Elect.

Susan B. Barre is the Immediate Past President of the Maine Music Educators Association. Her term in office was marked by a National Association for Music Education (NAfME) state membership award. Mrs. Barre spearheaded structural changes for the Maine Music Educators Association to include moving MMEA from a 501C6 to a 501C3 organization, hiring an accountant, and adding a position for a part-time paid executive director. The institution of these changes ensures that MMEA promotes transparency and maintains integrity at the highest level for the membership.

“As an educator my goal is to have students graduate from my program as lifelong advocates and supporters of music and music education,” she says. “If we, as educators, can accomplish this, we will help develop a society that will take on the task of educating others about the value of music and music education.” Read more about Susan Barre here.


Northwest Division President-Elect:


Tom Muller, elected as incoming Northwest Division President-Elect.

Tom Muller is currently in his twenty-fourth year of teaching, and is the Associate Director of Bands at David Douglas High School. Beginning in 2014, Mr. Muller was named the Music Supervisor for the David Douglas School District. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1994. Mr. Muller has served as the President of the Oregon Band Directors Association, and has been a member of the Oregon Music Education Association Board of Control at various times since 1998. Mr. Muller is a Past President of the Oregon Music Education Association whose term ended in July of 2018. He is also the current Chair of the OSAA State Solo Championship. He is a past Middle School Honor Band Chair, as well as a Past Second Vice-President for OMEA. Mr. Muller was the 2005 and 2012 Conference Chair, where he planned the statewide Conventions for the Oregon Music Education Association. Mr. Muller served as the Jazz Chair for the 2011 All-Northwest Jazz ensemble and helped to organize the NAfME Northwest Division Conference.

“The major challenges in music education are the continued need for increased school funding, and the need to broaden the educational opportunities for students who do not fall into the traditional ensemble setting of public education,” he says. “While other challenges will arise during any Northwest Division President’s term, these are ongoing.” Read more about Tom Muller here.


Southwestern Division President-Elect

Photo courtesy of Anne Dawson

Anne Dawson, elected as incoming Southwestern Division President-Elect.

Anne Dawson is in her 28th year as the choral music director at Westmoore High School, where she directs four performing groups (Chamber Choir, Treble Chorale, Freshman Chorale, and Chamber Singers) and teaches Advanced Placement Music Theory and Music Appreciation. Under her direction her choirs have received superior ratings at district, state, and national festivals and have appeared as honor groups at OkMEA. In addition to her position at Westmoore, she has served on the choral faculty of the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute and the Canterbury Choral Society Board of Directors. She has held the offices of OkMEA All-State Mixed Chorus chairman for the 2010-2011 school year; Choral Vice President of OkMEA from 2012-2014; 2014-2016 OkMEA President-Elect; and OkMEA President from 2016-2018. In 2013 Dawson received the OkMEA Exemplary Teacher in Secondary Music Education.

“ . . . I feel more compelled than ever to be an active advocate for music education, both at the state and national level,” she says. “Until state legislators understand that funding for music education does not just mean improved pay for teachers, but that the bigger picture is the need for funding for our students, this will be a constant issue.” Read more about Anne Dawson here.


These newly elected officers will begin serving June 13th, 2019.


The following proposed bylaw amendment was accepted:

Proposed Amendment 2018 – APPROVED

The following Amendment has been proposed by the National Executive Board to be voted on in the January 2019 election for the National Association for Music Education. This bylaw change would place the final decision regarding the final two nominees for national President-Elect with the National Assembly rather than with the National Executive Board.

This proposal aims to ensure that the nomination and selection of the national President-Elect is an inclusive and transparent process that supports opportunities for diversity and equity.