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Celebrating Musical Excellence, Past, Present, and Future

January 8-11, 2020
Tampa Convention Center

The FMEA Professional Development Conference is one of the largest music education professional development events in the United States. In addition to approximately 250 clinic sessions and concerts, it is host to 22 All-State Ensembles featuring Florida's top Band, Orchestra, Chorus, Guitar, and Elementary Orff students conducted by world-class conductors and teachers. It is attended by more than 10,000 people, including secondary music directors, elementary music teachers, music supervisors, college students, college music teachers, school administrators, K-12 students performing in the All-State ensembles, students and professional musicians performing with invited performing ensembles, exhibitors, and parents of performing students.

Call for Research Posters

The FMEA Research Committee invites researchers from collegiate faculty, graduate and undergraduate students to submit proposals for the  research poster session that will occur from 12 noon-1pm on Friday January 10, 2020. We welcome submissions of unpublished research in music education, reviews of literature, action research, and works in progress from FMEA members and out-of-Florida researchers. Topics related to music teaching and learning will be considered. Submissions for this conference may also have been accepted for publication, but should not have appeared in print prior to the conference. Reports presented at other conferences are eligible if the audience was substantially different.


In order to keep registration fees low it is important to stay only at an official FMEA hotel. This allows the hotels to provide us greatly reduced prices for the ballrooms we use for all-state rehearsals. Hotel reservations open at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 21.  Please do not worry if hotels fill up quickly, as many rooms are cancelled and released back into the FMEA blocks after all-state audition results are released in November. 

Important Dates

(Subject to Change)

April 30: Deadline for Session Proposals and Performance Applications
August 1: Deadline for Product Showcase Applications
September 21: Hotels begin taking reservations at 9:00 a.m.
September 21: Pre-Registration Opens 
November 9: Hotel Room Cancellation Deadline 5:00p.m.
November 12: Hotels will charge your credit card for the first night of each room held.
December 6: Pre-Registration Closes at midnight.  Payment must be postmarked on or before December 5 if you are paying by check.  Pre-registration is by credit card only after Dec. 5.
December 7: You can enter students and chaperones on-line to make on-site registration easier, but you will need to stand in the ON-SITE registration line to print your badges and pay when you arrive at the conference.

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