Three Collegians Are MEJ Essay Contest Winners

In February 2013, SAGE Publications, a global print and online publisher that produces Music Educators Journal (MEJ) as well as four other NAfME journals, became the sponsor of the MEJ Centennial Essay Contest, which celebrated the publication born in 1914 as Music Supervisors’ Bulletin. 

 The contest was advertised in print, online, via social media, and via NAfME Collegiate chapter advisors worldwide.  As the result of the work of MEJ Academic Editor Pat Freer, assisted by members of the MEJ Editorial Committee, we have three winners, and we thank their advisors and music educators for supporting these hardworking future teachers. All three wrote an essay on the topic “The Future of Music Educators Journal: How Should It Change?”


Victoria Visceglia, a music education major and NAfME Collegiate member at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, received the $300 first prize for her essay, which will be printed in the June 2014 MEJ. Her primary instrument is the flute.  Her NAfME Collegiate advisor is Rachel Whitcomb.



Congratulations to the two Honorable Mention winners:

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Katelyn Harodetsky, a music education major at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey, and an NAfME Collegiate member, received Honorable Mention recognition and a $100 award. Portions of her essay will be published in the June 2014 issue of MEJ. The head of Monmouth’s music department is Joe Rapolla. 



Alex Dragonetti

Alexander Dragonetti is a music education major (primary instrument is guitar, but Alex plays bass guitar and upright bass as well!) at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.  He’s also an NAfME Collegiate member, and he has received Honorable Mention recognition and a $100 award for his essay, which will be excerpted in the June 2014 MEJ as well.  His NAfME Collegiate advisor is Bradley Olesen.

All three winners received their cash prizes because of the SAGE Publications sponsorship. Their success has been shared through social media, online at, and in their respective community and state music educators association publications.