ERIE COUNTY Music Educators Association

"The arts are an essential element of education...[they] unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment." —W. Bennett

ECMEA Conference Day February 1, 2019

34th Annual WNY Conference Day for Music Educators


Friday, February 1, 2019

Buffalo Niagara Convention Center


John Hasselback, Jr. Quartet – Pre-Conference Music during Registration & Coffee


Headliner and Keynote Speaker:


Dr. Karl Paulnack – Dean, Ithaca College School of Music

“So What, Exactly, Is It That You Do?


 Concert hour:


Houghton College Choir

Dr. Daniel Black – Assistant Professor of Vocal Music and Conducting – Director


Nazareth College Saxophone Ensemble

Dr. Chisato Eda Marling – Professor of Saxophone – Director




Dr. Karl Paulnack – Dean, Ithaca College School of Music

“Managing Time”

Dr. Chisato Eda Marling – Nazareth College

“Saxophone Techniques and Musician Wellness”

Rachelle Elizabeth Puccini – Music Institute of Chicago

“Beyond the Shoulder Rest, Accurately Assessing and Setting Up Your Violin/Viola Students”

“How to Teach Vibrato to Your Upper Strings.”

Dr. Jill Reese, – SUNY Fredonia

“Strummin’ My Four-String – Part II” – Ukulele Session

“Do You Hear What I Hear – Part II” – Elementary Listening Techniques Session

Jennifer Davis – Chautaqua Lake Central

“Something Old, Something New: A Look Inside the New York State Arts Standards”

Sheryl Hadeka – Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

“French Horn Techniques”

Amy Glidden – Associate Concertmaster, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

“String Techniques”

Robin Parkinson – Jaman Dunn - Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

“A Conversation with Jaman Dunn – BPO’s Newest Conductor”

Danielle Rodgers – Williamsville Central

"Successful NYSSMA Vocal Sight-Reading"

Laura Jay – Kenmore-Tonawanda UFSD

“Using “Soundtrap” in the Special Ed Music Classroom”

Peggy Scalzo – Buffalo-Based Drummer/Percussionist

“Setting up for Success – Students and the Drumset”

Jill Neuhaus – Ken-Ton UFSD & Keith Ersing – West Seneca Central

“Vocal Jazz Auditions Workshop”

Jaime Pitnell – B.A.V.P.A.

“Band Literature: A Catalog of Repertoire for Every Level”

Kevin Mead – Churchville Central - retired

“Technology Sessions – Smart Music, Finale”

Paul Siekierski – Lake Shore Central

“’Seesaw’ for the Music Classroom”


Luncheon Music – “Taylor Made Jazz” - Courtesy of Buffalo Musicians Association Local 92