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ALL STATE CONCERT: All-State Elementary Chorus

Thursday, January 13, 2022
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Tampa Convention Center
Ballroom A
Grade Levels
Sponsored By


Literature will be selected from:

Kusimama, Papoulis (Jeemakis Music)

Lift Up Your Voice, James M. Desjardins (BLP Choral Music)

Niska Banja, Romani Dance/Nick Page (Hendon Music Inc.)

El Cielo Canta Alegria , Pablo Sosa/Roger Bergs (Pablo Sosa)

Over the Sea to Skye, Traditional Scottish Song/Cristi Cary Miller (Hal Leonard Corporation)

At Dawn, James M. Desjardins (Self)

James M. DesJardins 

James M. DesJardins holds a B.M. from SUNY College at Buffalo and a M.M. from
SUNY College at Fredonia, both in Music Education. He has also earned specialized
certifications from the University of St. Thomas and from SUNY Buffalo, in Orff-
Schulwerk and Music Learning Theory, respectively. He has taught classroom music
and chorus in Upstate New York since 2006, and he is a registered Music Together
Mr. DesJardins is highly involved in the music education community at local, state and
national levels. He has served as a board member for his local chapter of the American
Orff-Schulwerk Association, and he has been the Classroom Music Festival Co-Chair for
the Erie County Music Educators Association since 2010. He is a frequent honors
ensemble adjudicator, guest conductor, conference presenter and guest lecturer on the
topic of elementary music education and choral studies. He was the 2017 recipient of the
ECMEA/Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Award for Excellence in Music Education.
Mr. DesJardins remains active in many creative endeavors. He is a published
composer/arranger with Carl Fischer Music and Boosey and Hawkes. He has served as
composer in residence for the Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus. He was a featured
composer in the Harmonia “Echoes of the Present” living composer concert series. His
choral works have been performed by choruses around the world, including the Florida
All State Festival. He has been a church musician and soloist for over three decades. He
offers music resources at And he enjoys exploring his
city with his wife, Julienne, and their son, Luke.

Session Coordinator:
Mr Alex Gartner
Mrs Ruthie Antmann

The FMEA Professional Development Conference and All-State Ensembles are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
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