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Unitiy in Music Education: Building Community One Note at a Time January 12-15, 2022 Tampa Convention Center

We can't wait to see you back in Tampa this January!

Tampa Convention Center has recently updated their safety measures and protocols in response to the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in the Tampa area due to Omicron and Delta variants: Effective immediately all persons above the age of two (2) years old will be required to wear a face-covering upon entry and when inside the facility. See our Health Information Page for more information.

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 23 All-State Ensembles featuring Florida's top Band, Orchestra, Chorus, Guitar, Orff, and Popular Music 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 and family members of performing students.

Prepare for On-Site Registration

Pre-registration is closed, but you can still begin the registration process and generate an invoice or quote using the button above. Bring your invoice and payment to the on-site registration area at the conference, we are no longer accepting payments sent to our office

Registration Hours:
Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday: 7:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.



We are watching the COVID-19 Omicron Variant situation closely. We will not be canceling the in-person conference or modifying our refund policy. FMEA is committed to the health and safety of our attendees and will make every effort to develop plans and policies to instill confidence in your ability to attend safely. Vaccines, Boosters, and Masks are strongly encouraged for all attendees. See the Health Information page for details.

Closed Rehearsals: Due to social distancing in limited rehearsal space, some of the all-state and honors ensemble rehearsals will not have room for observers. Therefore, some rehearsals will be closed to parents, chaperones, teachers, and others who are not directly involved in the logistics of the rehearsal process. Directors are asked to please inform your chaperones that they may not be able to sit in and watch their child's rehearsals


Hotel Reservations

Hotels begin taking reservations at 9:00 a.m. Eastern on Saturday, September 25.  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 with greatly reduced prices for the ballrooms we use for all-state rehearsals. See the All-State Rehearsal Locations to see in which hotels your all-state students will be rehearsing. 


Exhibitor Information

Please see the Exhibitor Information page for information about exhibiting at the 2022 FMEA Conference.


Important Dates (subject to change)

May 11, 2021
Deadline for Session Proposals and Performance Applications

May 31, 2021
Deadline for Product Showcase Applications

September 18, 2021
Pre-Registration Opens
Nominations open for Student Conference Experience and Tri-M Experience

September 25, 2021
Hotels begin taking reservations at 9:00 a.m.

November 13, 2021
Hotel Room Cancelation Deadline 5:00 p.m.

November 15, 2021
Hotels will charge your credit card a non-refundable deposit for the first night of each room

December 12, 2021
Pre-Registration closes at midnight. Payment must be postmarked on or before December 4 if you are paying by check. Pre-registration is by credit card only after December 5.

December 13, 2021
You can begin the on-site registration process online to generate an invoice with the on-site prices, but you must bring your payment to the conference. 

December 17, 2021
All school lodging checks are due, payable to the hotel where reservations were made for you and/or your students.

December 17, 2021
The final deadline for discounted hotel blocks. Unsold rooms in the FMEA blocks are released back to hotels.



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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 Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.