South Central


South Central Regional Conference
“Strong Roots. Branching Out! Shaking Those Leaves!”
October 23 –25
Old Town
Wichita, KS
Lisa Simmelink, South Central Regional Representative

The conference will focus on laying the foundational roots of musical and movement development for young children,allowing them to branch out and expand in musicality as they get older,and shake their leaves in all areas of their musical lives!



Jo Kirk,  WeJoySing,  Inc
Nationally known educator and expert in Kodály-based early childhood music education and methodology

Conference Venue

Old Town Wichita, Kansas

Venue Parking

Nearby parking available at both hotels listed below


  • Hors d’oeuvres will be served on Friday evening
  • All other meals are on your own; Old town is a hubbub of good restaurants and quaint eateries

Fee Information at bottom


There are rooming options at two hotels that are working together to provide conference meeting spaces:

The Courtyard Marriott is newly updated with a very modern feel and is where MOST of our sessions will be held.   To book rooms for this hotel at our group rate, use this link and enter code: Kodaly Music Educators of Kansas.–

The Hotel at Old Town is truly historic with beautiful,distinguished decor. Only a few of the sessions will be held in this location. To book rooms for this hotel at our group rate, use this link and enter code: KODALY15|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=(not%20provided)&__utmv=-&__utmk=78519703

Conference Schedule

FRIDAY October 23
3-8pm — Registration
5-6pm — ECMMA Meet and Greet w/ hors d’oeuvres
6-8pm —  ECMMA/NAFME/MKMEA working together! “Chat and Chew” discussion at local restaurant (participants purchase their own dinners)  OR dinner on your own
8-10pm — ECMMA/MKMEA Community Folk Dance

SATURDAY October 24
7:30-10:30am —  Registration
8:00-8:50am — Opening Ceremonies and Keynote Address
9:00-9:50am — Session 1:Jenny Wiens and Lisa Simmelink
10:00-11:15am — Session 2:Jo Kirk
11:15-12:30pm — Lunch on your own
12:30-1:45pm — Session 3:Diana Greene
2:00-2:50 pm – Session 4:Mike Ruybalid and Christina Svec (Part 1)
2:50-3:15pm — Guest Choir Concert
3:15-4:00pm — Visit the Exhibits/ Sponsor Showcase
4:00-4:50pm — Session 5:Mike Ruybalid and Christina Svec (Part2)
4:50pm — Sponsor Raffle and Exhibits Close
5-7pm — Dinner on your own
7:30pm — MKMEA Honor Choir Concert (ECMMA registrants are invited,and will receive one ticket to the concert with their reservation)
9:00pm — Reception and Social

SUNDAY October 25
8:00-8:50am — Session 6:Dr. Joy Nelson
9:00-9:50am — Session 7:Dr. Elizabeth Maughan
10:00-10:50 — Session 8:Dr. Elaine Bernstorf and Amanda Vanausdall
11:00am — Closing Ceremonies

Additional conference notes


Eisenhower National Airport:

Regional Conference Fee Options

Early Bird discount! Register on or before September 25

  • ECMMA Member:  $100
  • Non-member:  $150

Regular pricing,  registering after September 25

  • ECMMA Member:  $130
  • Non-member:  $185

Student $30

Senior:  $70

Group Rate:  $75  per person

  • Note: Group Rate applies solely to 3 or more from the same institution
Saturday ONLY Rate: $80