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IMEA Members:

We have received word of the passing of Marvin Kelley. He was an early leader of both IMEA and ICDA, serving in leadership roles in both organizations. He taught for many years at Grinnell High School.

One of Marvin's wishes was that his singing friends, students and colleagues come together at his memorial service to sing two of his favorite choral pieces. I want to invite you to be a part of that wish by joining together this Wednesday, January 22, at 10:00 AM in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church in Grinnell. The church is just NE of downtown at 1025 5th Ave. We will be singing Allen Pote's "I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes" and Gilbert Martin's "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross". Music will be available at the church, or you may bring your own copies. We will also sing a short benediction at the end of the service.

I hope you will consider being a part of this memorial for Marvin, who was one of the early giants of both ICDA and IMEA.

To aid the church in their planning, please respond to me at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you ARE able to attend. Thank you.

Iowa MEA

Orff Schulwerk: Movement Connections

Aaron Hansen, Presenter

Saturday, February 15th


Jensen/Noble Hall of Music Orchestra Room on the Luther Campus

Come and spend a morning exploring elements of movement and folk dance in an Orff setting. Participants will explore movement concepts and create choreography that is suitable for any performance. Music from the Orff Volumes will serve as an inspiration for creative movement compositions. Bring a soprano recorder if possible and dress comfortably!

Registration for the workshop is $20 payable that day. Please pre-register by contacting Luther MENC Student Chapter President Alli Kephart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Iowa MEA

The latest documents regarding the NAfME's stance on teacher evaluation and compensation have been uploaded to the IMEA web site.  Please visit our documents and downloads area to view them.

Iowa MEA

Leon Kuehner, IAAE Exec. DirectorThe Iowa Alliance for Arts Education is planning a Fine Arts Advocacy Day at the State Capitol on January 29, 2014. The purpose of the event is to advocate for Fine Arts education in Iowa and ask for legislative support of a bill to add Fine Arts to the Iowa Core. In addition to a "celebrity" luncheon for state legislators, Fine Arts advocates will be scheduling personal visits with legislators. As part of the advocacy material given to legislators, IAAE is collecting statements of support for Fine Arts education from Iowans to be presented to Iowa legislators as part of the Fine Arts Advocacy Day. We are hoping to collect statements from Iowans of differing age levels and occupations from all 99 counties. IAAE is inviting you to respond to the following question:

How has Fine Arts education impacted your life?

I am asking that this information be distributed to the members of your respective organizations through emails, newsletters and postings on your websites. You may respond to this question by visiting the following link:


People may also respond by visiting the link on the IAAE website:


The deadline for responding is December 1, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact Leon Kuehner, IAAE Executive Director, at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Iowa MEA

MedalsCongratulations to Hunt Elementary Vocal and Instrumental Music Department in Sioux City, Iowa. They received a $10,000 award in the Glee Give a Note competition.

Iowa MEA