Elementary Festivals

The Celebration of Young Musicians is designed to give 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students a memorable musical experience and to provide teachers with an opportunity to observe, share, and learn.
Each festival features a guest clinician/director and two outstanding music teachers from the area. The culminating event at each site will be a concert led by the guest clinician.  There is no limit to the number of CYM festivals that can be held throughout the state!

NEW Discover Music! Festival for Elementary Students

Do you want new opportunities for your students but can’t fit outside rehearsal time in your schedule? Announcing Discover Music! This is a Saturday filled with new musical experiences for you and your students. Explore rock music through instruments, dance and history- and share what you’ve learned through an informative performance at the end of the day. The date is February 27 - this experience is limited to 75 students, so register soon!

Festival Sites for Spring 2016
Updated 11/29/15
 Site Date Location Host/Contact
 Totino Grace High School (Discover Music! Enrichment Festival)
 February 27
 Fridley Jaime Verkuilen
 Prairie Elementary March 4
 Worthington Jeanne Mammen
 Lanesboro Public Schools April 8
 Sharon Boyum
 Rockford High School
 April 16 
 Catherine Engbloom
 Cloquet Middle School
 April 16 Cloquet
 Regina Roemhildt 
 Edward Neill Elementary
 April 23
 Burnsville Bonnie Tranby
  TBD Moorhead Erin Gaffaney


2016 Celebration of Young Musicians Festival Music Selections!
Hosts and clinicians will choose music including at least four of the works listed. The festival music selections will in stock at J.W. Pepper
  • To Music, arr. Betty Bertaux
  • Bonse Aba, arr. Victor C. Johnson
  • Mango Walk!, arr. Ken Berg
  • Green Eggs and Ham, arr. Andy Beck
  • Turn the World Around, arr Roger Emerson
  • I Ask for One Day, Jim Papoulis
  • Clever Chameleon, Andy Beck
  • Iro Ye, arr. Jill Gallina
  • Alleluia! Jubilate!, arr. Patrick Liebergen
  • Eatnemem Vuelie (Song of the Earth), Frode Fjellheim, arr. Emily Crocker
Intent to Participate
Please contact the host of the festival of your choice with your intent to participate as soon as possible.  The host will provide you with a list of the music that has been selected for that site.  (The list does not apply to Discover Music! on February 27).

Registration Forms
Registration forms are due at least four weeks prior to the festival date. The registration forms will be available on this site by the beginning of October.

If you have questions about a festival, contact the festival host/coordinator (above) or the MMEA office.

If you would like to host a festival this year or in the future, contact Jaime Verkuilen, MMEA Elementary Chair.

Jennifer Lenart,
Oct 7, 2015, 7:07 AM