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!

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?  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. This exciting day will be rescheduled for the 2016-17 school year!

Festival Sites for Spring 2016
Updated 2/25/16
 Site Date Location Host/Contact
 Prairie Elementary March 4
 Worthington Jeanne Mammen
 Lanesboro Public Schools April 8
 Sharon Boyum
 Rockford High School
 April 16 
 Catherine Hoadley
 Cloquet Middle School
Clever Chameleon, Eatnemem Vuelie, Ire Yo, I Ask for One Day, Mango Walk, Turn the World Around
 April 16 Cloquet
 Regina Roemhildt 
Edward Neill Elementary
Bonse AbaTo Music, Mango Walk, I Ask for One Day
 April 23
 Burnsville Bonnie Tranby


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.

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 this list that has been selected for that site.
  • 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
Registration Forms
Registration forms are due at least four weeks prior to the festival date. Teacher and student registration forms are 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,
Dec 28, 2015, 9:01 AM