Elementary Festivals

Elementary festivals are 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.   Teachers bring an average of 8-12 students from one school to a festival.

Celebration of Young Musicians

Each CYM festival features a guest clinician/director and two outstanding music teachers.  Students and teachers come prepared for a one-day choral music experience with students from other schools.  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!

Discover Music! Festival for Elementary Students
Do you want new opportunities for your students but can’t fit outside rehearsal time in your schedule?  Join us for Discover Music!  Enjoy a day filled with new musical experiences for you and your students. Explore music through instruments, dance and history- and share what you’ve learned through an informative performance at the end of the day.

Interested in hosting one of these events?  If you would like to host one of these two types of festivals in your area, please contact Jaime Verkuilen for more information.


2018 Date Site     Host  
April 6Lanesboro Public Schools
 Sharon Boyum
April 7
Monticello Middle School
 Jennifer Ulven
March 9
 Worthington Debra Moe
Updated 10/30/17

2018 Celebration of Young Musicians Festival Music Selections!
Hosts and clinicians will choose music including at least four of the works listed.
  • Gong Xi Gong Xi (Congratulations!), Chen Ge Xin/arr. Lily Lung Grant, BriLee Music Publishing, Unison/Two-Part
  • To Music, arr. Betty Bertaux, Bosey & Hawkes, Inc., Unison/Two-Part
  • Bwana Awabariki with Kum Ba Ya, Mark Weston, Heritage Music Press, Two-Part
  • Banana! (Todos Quieren la Banana - All the Nations Like Bananas), arr. Nick Page, Alfred Music Publishing, Two-Part
  • We Know the Way (from "Moana"), Opetaia Foa'i & Lin-Manuel Miranda/arr. Roger Emerson, Hal Leonard Corporation, Two-Part
  • Haida, arr. Henry Leck, Henry Leck Choral Series, Unison
  • Sansa Kroma, arr. Michael Scott, Alfred Publishing Co., Inc., Two-Part
  • Candle on the Water, arr. Ed Lojeski, Hal Leonard Corporation, Two-Part
  • Ja-Da, arr. Linda Spevacek, Heritage Music Press, Two-Part
  • Gifts, Mark Weston, Heritage Music Press, Unison/Two-Part

The above pieces will be in-stock at JW Pepper.

Intent to Participate
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 specific music from the list that has been selected for that site.

Registration Forms
Registration forms are due at least four weeks prior to the festival date. Teacher and student registration forms will be available below.

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

If you have any other questions, would like to host a festival, or learn more about participation, contact Jaime Verkuilen, MMEA Elementary Chair.

Jennifer Lenart,
Apr 4, 2018, 9:59 AM