Allison Yopp is a junior music education major at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida.She also is a trombone player who actively participates in the Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, and Athletic Pep Band. Allison will graduate in 2023 and teach for a few years before returning to obtain her Masters in Music Education then eventually returning to obtain her Doctorate in Music Education. Allison wishes for the state board to form deeper connections with every music education collegiate in the state of Florida.
Colin Urbina is a Music Education major at the University of Central Florida and is currently serving and the President-Elect of the state NAfME Collegiate chapter. He currently is in his third year of studies and is excited for his career in the classroom that lies ahead.
Veronica Jacob is a third year instrumental music education major at Florida State University. She’s in the oboe studio, and plays in several of FSU’s bands and orchestras. She serves as president of FSU’s NAfME Collegiate chapter and is also involved in the Alpha Omega chapter of Tau Beta Sigma.
Sunny Lulla is a Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Arts in Music double major at the University of Central Florida. He currently serves of the Treasurer of the State NAfME Collegiate Chapter. He is excited to work to enhance the music education landscape!
Chloe is a second year oboe student at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida on the secondary instrumental track. She is also an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota and enjoys painting and gardening in her free time.
FL NAfME Collegiate Advisor
Dr. Mark A. Belfast, Jr. is an associate professor of music education at Southeastern University. He serves as Assistant Dean of the College of Arts & Media, coordinates the music education degree program, and directs instrumental ensembles at the university. He holds a Ph.D. in music education from Florida State University and earned MEd and BME degrees from Auburn University. While at Auburn, he performed with and served as business manager for the Auburn Knights Orchestra, an 18-piece big band established in 1930.
Dr. Belfast’s teaching experience includes undergraduate and graduate music education courses, as well as directing public school instrumental music programs in Alabama and Georgia. His research interests include teacher effectiveness, jazz performance and pedagogy, and music for special populations. The results of his research have been presented in numerous domestic and international venues, and he maintains an active agenda as a speaker, clinician, and adjudicator.