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January 11-14, 2017
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 aproximately 250 clinic sessions and concerts, it is host to the All-State Bands, Orchestras, and Choruses. 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, and parents of performing students.


Hotels are now taking reservations. In order to keep registration fees low it is important to stay only at an official FMEA hotel block. This allows the hotels to provide us greatly reduced prices for the ballrooms we use for all-state rehearsals. If your preferred hotel is full, please try again in November when the all-state audition results are released and directors cancel room reservations they will no longer need.

Student Experience

The 2017 Student Conference Experience is a new program available to high school students interested in participating in the FMEA Professional Development Conference outside of the realm of All-State. The program will take place on Thursday and Friday of the 2017 FMEA Professional Development Conference. More Information

Important Dates (Subject To Change):

April 30: Deadline for Session Proposals and Performance Applications
August 1: Deadline for Product Showcase Applications
September 24: Hotels begin taking reservations at 9:00 a.m.
September 24: Pre-Registration Opens 
November 12: Hotel Room Cancellation Deadline 5:00p.m.
November 14: Hotels will charge your credit card for the first night of each room held.
December 9: 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 from December 6-9. 
December 10: 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.