The wcfsymphony is accepting applications from musicians in grades eight through twelve throughout Iowa to compete in the wcfsymphony Young Artist Concerto Competition on Sunday, February 4, 2018.  The competition will be held in Davis Hall at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa. Students of piano, strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion in grades eight through twelve are encouraged to participate.

Cash prizes of $400 for first place, $250 for second place, and $150 for third place will be offered. The first place winner may perform with the wcfsymphony on March 29, 2018. Deadline for applications must be postmarked no later than January 4, 2018.

The Young Artist Concerto Competition is chaired by Jo R. H. Capoccioni. Information and application forms are available online at under EDUCATION. More information is also available by contacting Jo R. Capoccioni at 319-215- 5885 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

State Fine Arts Standards - YOUR Help is Needed!

Representatives from the Fine Arts Standards Adoption Team will be presenting our final recommendations before the State Board of Education on November 15, after which statewide standards for the fine arts will hopefully and presumably be adopted.  Our Fine Arts Standards Adoption Team has chosen to adopt the 2014 National Core Arts Standards (NCAS) as Iowa's Fine Arts Standards with minor changes made in the general music strand.  
The Fine Arts Standards Adoption Team felt that a crucial component of our work would be not merely to recommend standards, but to offer guidance around the standards. Members of our Fine Arts Standards Adoption Team, some of whom are IMEA members and officers, have provided input throughout the drafting of this document.  At this time, we would benefit from a broader array of perspectives, and would like to extend the invitation to IMEA membership to review and offer suggestions on our guidance document.  Please consider this document as draft form.  
We ask you not to distribute this beyond IMEA membership.  Once the State Board has approved Iowa's FIne Arts Standards, a final version of this document will be distributed widely across the state.  
If interested in our guidance document review, please read the document and send suggestions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, 9/29.  

Special note from the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education

The Iowa Alliance for Arts Education is asking anyone who would like to be considered as a mentor to register on the IAAE website.Even if you have mentored in the past, you are asked to register online. Simply go to the tab for the mentor program and click on the first category underneath titled, "observation mentor registration." A link to the website is here:

Iowa Music Educators Association – Foundation

The IMEA Foundation was established to provide lasting financial support and security for the Iowa Music Educators Association. Through contributions of members, the Foundation can support and enrich the programs of IMEA and be used as directed by the IMEA Board of Directors. To make your contribution contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..