SJSU NAfME Collegiate Chapter

SJSU has an active collegiate NAfME (National Association for Music Education) chapter that brings current and future music educators together in professional and social events. Major events and activities include hosting the CMEA Bay Section Winter Conference and the Music Educators Workshop Ensemble (MEWE.



MENC Collegiate Board Members 2011-2012

Keith Hunter, President
Keith Hunter is a San Francisco Bay Area music educator, performer, clinician, and trombone soloist. Mr. Hunter received his BM degrees in music education and trombone performance from the San Jose State University School of Music and Dance. While at San Jose State University, he privately studied conducting with Dr. Edward C. Harris & trombone with Thomas D. Hornig. Keith founded and directed the SJSU Music Education Workshop Ensemble and was also a co-conductor of the SJSU symphonic band, the SJSU winter pep band director, and was the SJSU "Outstanding Undergraduate" award and scholarship, as well as a California Music Project Teaching Fellowship with which he assisted the band director at the Abraham Lincoln High School. Keith is currently finishing his music credential at San Jose State University and student teaches at Homestead High School in Cupertino, California. Away from student teaching and San Jose State University, Mr. Hunter is the beginning band director at St. Leo the Great School, teaches the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets, the Homestead High School marching band, and the Los Gatos High School marching band.

Marian Paulson, Vice President
Marian Paulson currently attends San Jose State University where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music education. She studies saxophone with Dale Wolford, a member of the Premiere Sax Quartet and previously studied with David Henderson also a member of the Premiere Sax Quartet and the San Francisco Sax Quartet. Ms. Paulson performs in numerous groups at SJSU, including the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Orchestra, and Saxophone Ensemble. She received her AA degree’s in music and liberal arts from Los Medanos College, where she played in the Concert Band, Jazz Band, Chamber Ensembles, the Educator’s Band, and the Diablo Wind Symphony. She has also played with the St. Mary’s Jazz Band, Pittsburg Community Band, and the Contra Costa Community Orchestra. Ms. Paulson hopes to be a junior high school band teacher when she completes her studies.

Kerry Li, Secretary
Kerry is currently a student at San Jose State University, studying Violin Performance and Music Education. She is studied under Cecily Ward of the Cypress Quartet, and is now currently studying with Diane Nicholeris from San Francisco Symphony. Kerry strated playing violin at age 10 and has since been invovled with music by orchestras, chamber groups, and lessons.




Nicholas Robinson, Treasurer
Nicholas is a senior in the Music Education program at San Jose State. He began studying piano at age 7 and played trumpet, baritone/euphonium, and tuba in various school bands. Nicholas has been teaching music privately throughout the Bay Area since 2005 and at various music camps (including San Jose State's Summer in the City music program) for the past 3 years.

Amanda McFadden, Choral Representative
Amanda McFadden is currently a credential student at San Jose State University; she hopes to teach High School Choir when she is through with the program. Amanda graduated cum laude from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Music-Music Education degree in Voice. She was awarded the Outstanding Undergraduate of the School of Music and Dance. Amanda's passion for choral conducting has been expressed by being assistant conductor under Dr. Charlene Archibeque for both the San Jose State Concert Choir and Chamber Singers in the 2010-2011 school year. She hopes to take the music education world by storm with her quirky left-handed conducting and her love of sharing the joys of music with others.

Matthew Lane, CMP Coordinator
To be updated...







Jessica Nguyen, Historian
My name is Jessica Nguyen. I am from San Diego, California, and I am a Music Education major with a Choral and Instrumental concentration. I plan to teach middle school and high school band (marching and symphonic), choir, and orchestra. I hope to conduct a collegiate level ensemble or community ensemble. In any case, wherever I am, I hope to inspire a love for music, and with patience and perseverance, I believe everyone can appreciate music.




Kevin Wang, Historian
Chien-Kai Wang is a 3rd year undergraduate at San Jose State University, pursing a BM in Music Education and Horn Performance. He is currently studying with Mathew Croft, a freelancing hornist in the Bay Area. Chien-Kai is involved in San Jose State University Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Chamber Music, and Music Educator Workshop Ensemble as well as the Oakland Youth Orchestra, and had played in the San Jose State University Symphonic Band and Marching Band.






Tim Wilson, H.O.M.E. Coordinator
To be updated...







Johnathan Hsu, Public Relations
Johnathan Hsu is in his 3rd year of music education studies at San Jose State University. In addition to specializing on low brass instruments (tuba is his main instrument), Johnathan has been invited to teach keyboard playing at Christian worship music conferences. As well having played in the San Jose State Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Music Education Workshop Ensemble, Spartan Marching Band, etc., he holds conducting positions in the marching band and Music Education Workshop Ensemble. Outside the academic realm, he also holds the Artistic Music Director position of a youth orchestra at a local church in Milpitas, CA.

Johnathan believes in the great importance of music education, and is very excited to be part of the MENC Collegiate Board holding the Public Relations position.


Edgar Woo, Public Relations
Undergraduate Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Music Education

Edgar started his journey in music at the humble age of 6. After taking up the piano, he found an instant connection with the art, continuing to study it well throughout his grade school education. During the 4th Grade, he took up the trumpet, becoming heavily involved later on in his schools various bands, including the CVHS (Castro Valley High School) Jazz Allstars, the CVHS Symphonic Band, and the CVHS Marching Band. After such exposure, Edgar knew that he wanted to pursue music as a career as a well rounded musician. Edgar is excited to bring his talents to San Jose State University, and hopes to learn as many skills as possible while studying here. He currently studies under Dr. Gwendolyn Mok, but has also had the honor of studying under Dr. Namik Sultanov.

Outside of school, Edgar enjoys performing solo and two-piano music. He has remained a member of the Kepska Piano Duo, performing most recently at the 3rd SFMF Salkind International Piano Duo Festival. The experienced has left him with the desire to teach this genre as well, coaching his first students in early 2010.


Yu-Ting Wang, Webmaster
Yu-Ting Wang is recent graduate of the School of Music and Dance at San José State University where she studied cello performance with Jennifer Kloetzel, Tanya Tomkins, and David Goldblatt. Miss Wang is an an active cellist at the School of Music and Dance and served as principal cellist of the university's symphony orchestra from 2009 to 2011. In July 2010, she was awarded a String Quartet Fellowship to study with the St. Petersburg String Quartet at their summer academy in Tijuana, Mexico. This past school year, Miss Wang was selected as a California Music Project Fellowship Recipient and assisted Shelley MacAllister's string program at Trace Elementary. She is currently working towards obtaining a Single Subject Teaching Credential and hopes to teach orchestra in the public school system. Miss Wang has been an active board member of the NAfME Collegiate Chapter at SJSU since 2007.





CMEA Bay Section Conference 2009 Pictures

Registration in the Student Union on Jan. 16, 2009.


At the Collegiate Luncheon on Jan. 17, 2009.


Moving chairs around on Saturday.

More Photos from CMEA Bay Conference 2009

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