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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. 

The purpose of the Student Conference Experience is to provide an aesthetic experience for select music students across the state during the annual conference.

Students will participate in workshops, observe rehearsals, attend College Night, and engage in social activities with their peers. 


  • Music Directors must register for the FMEA Professional Development Conference and register the students in the "Student Conference Experience" section of the on-line conference registration
  • ALL High School students (9-12 grade) are eligible
  • Students must have one parent chaperone to attend all activities with them. No exceptions, Music Directors or all-state chaperones are not eligible to chaperone the Student Experience participants
  • Students and designated chaperones are required to reside at the Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore hotel during the conference. Ask for the "FMEA Student Experience Group" rate
  • All participants are required to comply with all FMEA guidelines during the conference

The FMEA Student Conference Experience coordinator is Dr. Michael Antman, chairman of the FMEA Innovations Committee.

Tentative Schedule of Activities (subject to change)

All participants will be required to follow a specified schedule of activities each day. Chaperones will be required to accompany participating students in all activities. Music directors are not permitted to chaperone selected students. A tentative schedule is as follows:

Wednesday Evening
Check into the Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore
Reception at the Hotel (exact time TBA)

7:00am Breakfast (Chaperones will accompany students)
8:00 Travel from Holiday Inn Westshore to the Tampa Convention Center (TCC) (Bus transportation will be provided for all participants)
8:45 -10:15 Kick-off meeting with select presenters – TCC 1-2
10:30-12:10 Attend General Session 1 – TCC A/B/C
12:15 Attend Grand Opening of Exhibits Area – TCC East Hall
12:20-2:45 Attend Conference Exhibits & Lunch (lunch in the exhibits area)
3:00-4:00 Attend Workshop 1 – TCC 18-1 (Chris Woodside)
4:15-5:14 Attend Workshop 2 - TCC A/B/C (Boston Brass)
5:00 Dinner (students must eat with designated chaperones) 
7:00 Attend Thursday evening concert 1 – TCC A/B/C
8:30 Attend Thursday evening concert 2 – TCC A/B/C
9:00 Attend Thursday evening concert 3 – TCC A/B/C
9:55 Travel from TCC to Holiday Inn Westshore (bus transportation provided)

7:00am Breakfast (Chaperones will accompany students)
8:00 Travel from Holiday Inn Westshore to the Tampa Convention Center (Bus transportation will be provided for all participants)
9:00-10:15 Attend General Session II – TCC A/B/C 
10:30-11:30 Observe All-State Rehearsals
  Band – TCC 22-23
  Orchestra – TCC 24-25
  Choral – Marriott Waterside Ballroom
11:30 Lunch – Tampa Convention Center Exhibits area
12:00-1:15 Visit the Exhibits – TCC East
1:30-2:30 Attend Workshop 3 – TCC 15-16 (Dallas Brass)
2:45-3:45 Attend Workshop 4 – TCC 1-2
4:15-6:00 Dinner (students must eat with designated chaperones)
6:30 Attend College Night (TCC West Hall B)
7:30-9:30 Attend All-State Jazz Concerts – TCC A/B/C
9:45 Travel to Holiday Inn Westshore (bus transportation will be provided)

End of Student Conference Experience

Travel home 

Option for Saturday: Attend select All-State Concerts (personal transportation with parent chaperone) Note: this is not a part of the conference experience. Chaperones are fully responsible for transportation and must be with students at all times on Saturday.

Register Student Experience Participants and Chaperones as part of your Conference Registration

  • There is a special section in the "Add Students, Chaperones, and Tickets" section just for the "Student Conference Experience." It is after the Leadership Workshop section.
  • The fee for each student and chaperone will be $25 per person.


Hotel Info: 

Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore
(800) 315-2621
Ask For the "FMEA Student Experience Group"

Bus transportation will be provided from this hotel to the convention center for the student experience students and their chaperones. All student experience students and chaperones must reserve rooms in this hotel block only. Directors do not necessarily need to stay in this block, but the students and chaperones do.