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UIndy Music Students Win Honors at IMEA Conference

IMEA Conference

Written by Addison Campbell

The University of Indianapolis Music Department attended the Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA) Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana earlier this month. The IMEA Professional Development Conference is the largest, most diverse professional development event for Indiana music educators. Welcoming music teachers of all levels and classrooms, this three-day conference contains over 100 sessions and over 20 concerts. 

Some of the following UIndy musicians who attended this event and received honors were: 

  • Ellie Jones ’25
  • Jocelyn Hutchins ’25
  • Lee Coop ’25
  • Maddie Pulliam ’25
  • Colin Short ’24
  • Tyler Tapp ’25
  • Miles Bowden ’26
  • Caleb Ginsberg ’26 

The hard work and dedication from the students and professors were seen when the UIndy Music Education students won the outstanding Collegiate National Association for Music Education (cNAfME) chapter for Indiana for their service to the community. Rebecca Sorley, chair of the music department, noted that, “UIndy’s Music Education department is preparing our students to be top-notch educators and these opportunities inspire the students.” 

Chosen UIndy alumni and faculty presenters for the conference included:

  • Michael Richardson
  • Shaina Liv Terano (Lescano)
  • Abby Means
  • Josh Flynn
  • Steven Georges
  • Terence Mayhue
  • Mark O’Connor
  • Jon Noworyta
  • Laurie Williams

The UIndy alumni night, facilitated by Jon Noworyta, included 70 current and former students and provided a great way to reconnect and network. Jon Noworyta stated, “I know that our alumni really enjoy this event, but it also gives our current Greyhounds the opportunity to see what a special place this is, through the eyes of the people who know what they are going through. There is a very strong connection. The support that our alumni continue to give to UIndy always astounds me. For the last several years, we’ve had more people that we’ve had space for!”