Elementary Festivals 2018-2019

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?  Teachers are always needed to host these events around the state.  If you would like to host one of these two types of festivals in your area, please contact Jaime Verkuilen for more information.


2019 Date Site     Host   Type
April 13CloquetKaty Buytaert CYM
January 26Moorhead- Horizon Middle School Performing Arts Center CancelledErin Gaffaney CYM
April 5Lanesboro Public SchoolsSharon Boyum CYM
April 13 Rockford High School
Cathy Hoadley
April 13 Burnsville- Edward Neill ES Bonnie Tranby DM
Updated 4/7/19

2019 Celebration of Young Musicians Festival Music Selections!
Hosts and clinicians will choose music including at least four of the works listed.  2019 Festival selections are available through J.W. Pepper.

Click here for the 2019 CYM Festival Repertoire!

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 (select link or download below)
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,
Jan 8, 2019, 10:04 AM