The history of the NCMEA can be divided into four segments:

  1. The evolution of the Contest-Festival which began under the leadership of Wade R. Brown at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1920,
  2. The North Carolina State Music Teachers Association, an organization of African-American music educators established at North Carolina Central University and Hillside High School by the late Samuel Hill in 1931,
  3. The North Carolina Music Educators Conference, which was established in 1947 under the presidency of Ezra Weiss, a faculty member at Guilford College, and
  4. The present-day North Carolina Music Educators Association, which was formed in 1970 from the NCSMTA and the NCMEC.

NCMEA Archives
University Archives and Manuscripts
Hodges Reading Room
Jackson Library
UNC Greensboro 

NCMEA Historian: Dr. John Henry, Jr.
[email protected]