Collegiate Division


The purpose of SCMEA Collegiate is to afford future music educators an opportunity for professional orientation and development while still in school and to enable them to gain an understanding of:

  • the basic truths and principles that underlie the role of music in human life;
  • the philosophy and function of the music education profession;
  • the professional interests of members involved in the local and state levels;
  • the knowledge and practices of the professional music educator as facilitated through the chapter, collegiate membership, and SCMEA activities.

Collegiate Membership Executive Board (2022-2023)

President – Abby Jones, Charleston Southern University

Abby Jones is from Columbia, South Carolina, and is a junior at Charleston Southern University. Her major is instrumental music education and her primary instrument is the trumpet. At CSU, Abby is the head drum major of the Pride of the Lowcountry marching band and also serves as the secretary for her university’s chapter of NAfME Collegiate.

Immediate Past-President – Will Ellison, Dutchman Creek Middle School

Secretary – Alexander Dudek, Winthrop University

From Fort Mill, South Carolina, Alex Dudek graduated from Winthrop University in 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and is currently working towards his Master’s of Arts in Teaching Music at Winthrop. His responsibilities include working as Graduate Assistant for the Band Department as well as serving as the “Screaming Eagles” Pep Band Assistant. As a performer, Alex has performed twice with the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project in Schladming, Austria (2018, 2019) and the South Carolina Intercollegiate Honor Band three times. Alex maintains an active teaching career throughout South Carolina and North Carolina with students placing in region honor bands as well as the Youth Orchestras of Charlotte. He also serves as a teaching assistant at Fort Mill High School (2019-2021) and previously at Rock Hill High School (2016-2019).

Treasurer – Blythe Nicholson, Anderson University

Blythe Nicholson is from Lexington, South Carolina, and is an Early Childhood Education Major with a Minor in Music at Anderson University, where she serves as Ways and Means Coordinator of their NAfME collegiate chapter.

Advocacy Chair – Henry Niehaus, Furman University

Collegiate Advisor – TBA