Category Archives: Newsletter

Newsletter (November 2017)

Contest Registration Deadline

December 1st is the deadline to enter for Organization and Solo & Ensemble Contests. Late entries will not be accepted. Be sure to PRINT out your Solo and Ensemble entries from the website so you have a copy. Once you have registered for contest, please print out and return the Contest Fees Sheet and checks or purchase orders to Sara Roediger, NIMCon Treasurer by December 1st.

Solo and Ensemble hosts will be contacting you in mid-January to confirm your entries. Please check them carefully to make sure all your entries are listed. Organization Contest hosts will contact you towards the end of January. Please contact your hosts with any site-related questions.

Registration & Event Pages

Judges Needed

We are always in search of high quality judges for our contests. If you, or someone you know, has experience with Middle School aged students and has exceptional ability in working with them, please contact NIMCon at nimusicconference@gmail.com.

Read more about judging for NIMCon at our judges page.

Newsletter (October 2017)

Contest Registration

It’s time to register for contest! Please be sure to read the Rules & Procedures carefully and feel free to email us with questions. Two rules have changed as of this year’s Membership meeting, including changing mallet scale requirements to match winds and strings, as well as the length of Jazz Band Contest changing to 30 minutes.

  • Rules Governing Solo & Ensemble Contest, #14. Melodic soloists will perform a scale in the key of the performed piece. Battery drum soloists will perform rudiments from the required list. Ensembles do not perform scales or rudiments.
  • Rules Governing Organization Contest, #5. Jazz Bands, Choirs, and Swing Choirs will not exceed 30 minutes in the performance area including set up, performance, clinic and clean up .

Once you have registered for contest, please print out and return the Contest Fee Sheet to Sara Roediger, NIMCon Treasurer, by Dec. 1st. Please consider that date when you set your (earlier) deadline for your students to sign up with you for Solo & Ensemble Contest. We will not accept late entries. Be sure to PRINT out your registration from the website so you have a copy, and use that to fill out the payment form. Your form and check (or copy of your check request) are due by Dec. 1st.

2019 Contest Dates

The dates for 2019 contests are as follows:

Host Rotations

View the host rotation schedule for Organization Contest and Solo & Ensemble Contest (scroll down).

Update Your Membership

If you haven’t done so, please take a moment to update your membership information, even if nothing has changed. This will help us to efficiently keep track of our membership.

Fall Membership Meeting

Thank you to everyone who attended the Membership meeting on September 18. We are thrilled with the active participation of our membership and appreciate you taking the time to attend and contribute your ideas for making this organization better every year. Click to read the Meeting Minutes.

Newsletter (August 2017)

Join Now!

Membership applications are currently being accepted for the 2017-18 school year. Click here to join and become an active member. Dues are only $75 PER SCHOOL DISTRICT. Dues checks should be mailed to Ellen Singer, NIMCon President by September 15th. It is important that EVERY director register each year to be included in the membership directory. Please fill out the membership form above. We are excited to hear from you!

Membership Meeting

The annual membership meeting will take place on Monday, September 18th at Lake Zurich MS North. Lou Malnati’s pizza dinner will be served at 6:15 PM. Dinner includes, salad, pizza (cheese, spinach, pepperoni, sausage), beverage and dessert. The meeting will start at 7:00 PM. Please click here to RSVP for dinner and/or the meeting. Agenda items will include contest information, budget, by-law updates, and election of Board of Directors.

Bon voyage and help wanted!

We wish Laura Blanchard lots of luck and good wishes as she moves to the east coast, and a new job in NYC. We are looking to fill the vacant Treasurer position. Please contact us if you are interested.

General Information

Please check the website for contest site information as well as the Rules and Procedures for contest and rubrics. A new addition to the website is the contest host rotation information for all contests. We are looking forward to a successful contest season! Please continue to send us your feedback!

Newsletter (May 2017)

Thank you for another successful year! The board of directors would like to thank all of the members of NIMCon for your active participation this year and for continuing to help make NIMCon the best organization it can be! We are thrilled with the positive feedback we have received, and we look forward to starting our third year in August!

Thank you to all of the contest hosts – Lake Zurich MS North, Hawthorn MS North and West Oak MS- for enabling us to have a successful contest season. Your hard work is appreciated!

2018 Contest Dates

  • Solo and Ensemble Contest – February 24 @ Big Hollow MS
  • Organization Contest – March 9/10 @ Beach Park MS
  • Jazz Contest – March 13 @ TBA

As you can see, we are still in need of a host for jazz contest. Please contact us if you can help. The board has put together a rotation schedule for the following years and it will be posted on the website soon. Thank you for the feedback following contest! Because of your feedback and participation, we are able to improve and grow as an organization.

Judges Wanted

We continue to look for qualified judges from within our professional community. We are looking specifically for string and vocal judges, but wind and percussion suggestions will be accepted as well. Who do you know who understands the elementary and middle school musician and would make a good clinician? Please send their names to us.

Pictures Wanted

We are looking for pictures from contest to post on our website. If you have pictures of students participating in contest, and have permission to post, please send them to us.

Fall Membership Meeting

The fall membership meeting will be held on Monday, September 18, 2017 @ Lake Zurich MS North at 7:00 PM, with dinner at 6:15 PM. Please plan to attend. We will be sending out information about NIMCon to other directors in the area who are not yet members. If you have names of specific directors you would like us to contact, please send us their names.

Treasurer Bids Farewell

The board of directors would like to thank Laura Blanchard for her two years of service to NIMCon. She has done an outstanding job as treasurer, going above and beyond to stay on top of our financials and help us obtain 501c3 status. We will miss you, Laura. Good luck in New York! We are looking to fill her position IMMEDIATELY with an interim treasurer. If you are interested, please contact Ellen Singer.

Laura writes:

Hello NIMCon Colleagues: It is with a heavy heart I announce to you that I have accepted a role within my current organization that will relocate me to New York City effective Tuesday, May 16th.

The NIMCon organization is a dream to so many and I am honored to have been a member. I know the work we do everyday makes the lives of our beloved colleagues, business we partner with, and the young people of Illinois who participate in our programs better. Thank you for the opportunity to work with you, know you, and share in the respect. All the best to each and every one of you!

Laura

In Memoriam

As you know, Art Hildebrand, NIMCon board member and colleague, passed away in January. The Deerfield Community Band, which Art conducted, will be having a Memorial Concert on Sunday June 18th at 2 PM at the Patty Turner Center in Deerfield. Some of the board members are planning to attend. Please join us for this opportunity to remember Art and his contribution to music in our community.

Newsletter (March 2017)

Organization Contest

We are looking forward to seeing you at Hawthorn MS North on March 10th and 11th.

Here are a few important notes as you prepare for contest!

  • Remember to have 3 music scores with each measure numbered for the judges.
  • Please check information that was sent regarding maps for bussing, drop-off and parking.
  • Please share maps with parents so they know where to park as well.
  • Please review NIMCon rules with your students so we have a safe and successful weekend.
  • Please remind parents, families and friends that everyone is welcome to come hear any of the performance ensembles. There is a $1 admission fee for non-performers (but not bus drivers or chaperones).

Solo and Ensemble Contest Survey

Thank you to our amazing hosts Riley Broach, Marie Lemke, and Steve Stenzel for providing a well-organized and welcoming contest site. Please use this link to take the Solo and Ensemble contest survey: https://goo.gl/IOMJkd

Honors Invitational

The Honors Invitational will take place on Friday, April 28th at Deer Path MS. All Organizations receiving a Division I rating at Organization Contest are eligible to attend. Please use the link provided at contest to register your group by March 24th and submit your check request ASAP using the printable invoice. We are excited to offer this contest and look forward to your participation! Thank you to Corey Ames, Gina DeGregorio, Ben Gray, Diane Rener and Sarah Truding for hosting!

Contest Dates for 2018

Please mark your calendars! These dates are tentative, and as soon as hosts are confirmed, we will send out the official dates. Thank you to those directors who have stepped up to host. Your time and effort is greatly appreciated! We could still use one site for Organization that can have two performances areas. If you can help, please contact us!

  • Solo and Ensemble Contest @ Big Hollow February 24 (Confirmed)
  • Organization Contest @ March 9/10
  • Jazz Contest @ March 15
  • Honors Festival @ April 20 or April 27

Board of Directors Meeting

The Board of Directors is meeting in May. We will be discussing ideas for next year, and reviewing your comments from the Contest surveys. If you have any other comments that you would like us to discuss at our meeting, please let us know by April 3rd. These ideas will help generate an agenda for the general Membership meeting in September.

 

Newsletter (February 2017)

Solo & Ensemble Contest

Solo & Ensemble Contest is just around the corner! All around Northern Illinois students are working hard toward perfecting their music. What an awesome thing to contemplate. Music making is happening everywhere!

Contest is on February 25 at Lake Zurich Middle School North. Thank you to LZMS-North directors for their hard work in hosting contest this year.

For specific rubrics, see Solo & Ensemble Contest Rubrics.

Below are a handful of reminders about the big day.

Edited (1/31/17) – The Rough Draft Schedule has been sent via email.

Remember to Practice Your Scales / Rudiments!

As a membership, we value the idea that instrumental soloists need to learn the scale that makes up their piece. The rubric for soloists includes a score of 1-3 points for the student’s performance of a scale. As a friendly reminder, be sure you are preparing students to perform a scale that makes sense for their piece. Here are the details for each instrument type:

Winds & Strings will play a scale in the key of the solo being played. The scale should be up and down and at least one octave. Tempo and note length are at the soloist’s discretion. Beginning students may play the scale in split octaves, that is, a beginning clarinet player may play CDEFGA (drop the octave) BCB (back up the octave AGFEDC. Similar accommodations may be made for other instruments.

Percussionists (mallet players) will play a scale from the Scales for Mallet Players sheet.

Percussionists (snare drum) will play snare drum rudiments. Students should prepare all designated rudiments based on their years of experience.

Percussionists (drum set) will play drum set patterns. Students should prepare all designated patterns based on their years of experience.

Instrumental Ensembles & Vocal Performers do not need to play / sing scales.

S&E includes Short Clinics

Performance time slots allow for a short clinic where the judge can work with the student. Please, prepare your students so they expect a short clinic where the judge may ask them to play various sections again as well as try different things.

Organization & Jazz Contests

March contests will be here before we know it. Thank you to the directors at Hawthorn MS  North in Vernon Hills for hosting Organization Contest (Mar 10-11) and West Oak MS in Mundelein for hosting Jazz Contest (Mar 14).

Stay tuned for more information.

For specific rubrics, see Organization Contest Rubrics.

Organization Contest includes a Short Clinic

Performance time slots allow for a short clinic where the judge can work with the ensemble. All ensembles should make every effort to enter and perform promptly to maximize their time for the clinic.

Please, prepare your students so they expect a short clinic where the judge may ask them to play various sections again as well as try different things.

Contest Rules & Procedures

As always, you can view the Contest Rules & Procedures at any time.

Newsletter (November 2016)

Contest Registration Deadline

December 1st is the deadline to enter for Organization and Solo & Ensemble Contests. Use the above links to register. In addition, the Contest Fees Sheet and checks or purchase orders must be postmarked by December 1st and mailed to Ellen Singer. Late entries will not be accepted.

Contest Hosts Needed for 2018

We need one more Organization Contest host for March 2018. We will need a site with two performance rooms to accommodate choirs and the rest of the bands and orchestras. Please contact Ellen Singer, President at nimusicconference@gmail.com.

Grant Writing Committee Survey

We are collecting information that will help us in the grant writing process. The survey is anonymous. Please complete this survey no later than December 20th, 2016.

If you have questions about the survey, or have trouble accessing the survey, please contact us at nimusicconference@gmail.com. Thank you for your feedback. If you would like to participate in the grant writing team efforts, we would be happy to have you join us – please let us know! We are always excited to hear from you!

Newsletter (October 2016)

Contest Registration

It’s time to register for contest! Please be sure to read the Rules & Procedures carefully and feel free to email us with questions. Several rules have changed as of this year’s Membership meeting, so please take the time to read them carefully before registering your students for contest.

Once you have registered for contest, please print out and return the Contest Fees Sheet to Ellen Singer, NIMCon President, by Dec. 1st. Please consider that date when you set your (earlier) deadline for your students to sign up with you for Solo and Ensemble Contest. We will not accept late entries. Be sure to PRINT out your registration from the website so you have a copy, and use that to fill out the payment form. Your form and check (or copy of your check request) are due by Dec. 1st.

Register for 2017 Organization Contest
Register for 2017 Solo & Ensemble

Recent News

NIMCon is officially recognized as a 501c3 charitable organization! This status will enable us to function as a tax-exempt organization.

The Honors Invitational Contest will take place on Friday, April 28, 2017. All organizations receiving a Division I rating at Organization Contest are eligible to attend. If you have not done so, please take a quick survey regarding this exciting addition to our contest offerings.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Membership meeting on Sept. 22nd. We are thrilled with the active participation of our membership and appreciate you taking the time to attend and contribute your ideas for making this organization better every year. Click to read the Meeting Minutes.

Newsletter (September 2016)

Fall Membership Meeting

Please RSVP

The annual membership meeting will be on on Thursday, September 22 at 7:00 PM @ Lake Zurich MS North. Lou Malnati’s pizza dinner will be served at 6:15 PM. Dinner includes, salad, pizza (cheese, spinach, pepperoni, sausage), beverage and dessert. Please RSVP for dinner and/or the meeting  by September 19.  Agenda items will include contest information, budget, by-law updates, and election of Board of Directors. The nomination committee has slated the following persons for the Board of Directors.

  • President: Ellen Singer
  • Vice-President: Elise Matusek
  • Secretary: Margaret Delligatti
  • Treasurer: Laura Blanchard
  • Webmaster: Riley Broach
  • Judge Hirers: Jim Garbrecht, Art Hildebrand, Steve Stenzel

Second-Level Contest Survey

We are in the process of finalizing a site and details for a second-level contest (temporarily named “Honors Festival”). Please take the following (very short) survey to help us determine the needs of our directors.

Future Survey for Grants

Survey says… Lookout next month for a survey inquiring about “how you use NIMCon” to develop you, your students, and your program. This information will be used for grants to support NIMCon initiatives…ultimately supporting future program participation and offerings! More information to come at the Fall Meeting and future newsletters.

Join NIMCon

Membership applications are currently being accepted for the 2016-17 school year. Click to join NIMCon and become an active member. Every director should register; however, dues are only $75 PER SCHOOL DISTRICT. Membership dues should be mailed to Ellen Singer, NIMCon President  by September 15.  We are excited to hear from you!

Newsletter (August 2016)

Join NIMCon!

Membership applications are currently being accepted for the 2016-17 school year. Click above to join NIMCon and become an active member. Every director should register; however, dues are only $75 PER SCHOOL DISTRICT. Membership dues should be mailed to Ellen Singer, NIMCon President  by September 15.  We are excited to hear from you!

Membership Meeting

The annual membership meeting will be on on Thursday, September 22 at 7:00 PM @ Lake Zurich MS North. Lou Malnati’s pizza dinner will be served at 6:15 PM. Dinner includes, salad, pizza (cheese, spinach, pepperoni, sausage), beverage and dessert. Please RSVP for dinner and/or the meeting.  Agenda items will include contest information, budget, by-law updates, and election of Board of Directors.

Welcome and congratulations!

Congratulations to Jen Lydigsen on her new job in St. Charles. Unfortunately for us, that means Jen will no longer have time to serve on the NIMCon board. We are sad to see you go, and wish you the best in your new position! Serving as Interim Secretary to finish out Jen’s term will be Margaret Delligatti from Northwood Jr. High in Highland Park. We welcome Margaret into the position and appreciate her willingness to jump in and serve the organization.

General Information

Photos by Claire Esker / 22nd Century Media (from lakeforestleader.com)
Photos by Claire Esker / 22nd Century Media (from lakeforestleader.com)

Remember, all of the information you need for NIMCon can be found here at nimcon.org. Notable pages include: Rules & Procedures, Solo & Ensemble Contest, and Organization Contest. We received an outpouring of positive feedback after our first year from directors, parents, and students. Many of these testimonials have been posted on various pages of nimcon.org. Thank you to everyone who put your trust in us and joined us last year. We are looking forward to an even more successful second contest season! Please continue to send us your feedback privately or publicly with a comment below.