2018 Conference

The Homestead – Hot Springs, VA November 15-17, 2018

2018 Conference Pre-Registration Is Now CLOSED

On-Site Registration Prices

  • Active Members: $125
  • Collegiate Members: $40
  • Non-Member: $200
  • Family Member (non-member) $50
  • First Year Teachers – $40
  • Retired Members –  $40

2018 Professional Development Conference

The Homestead – Hot Springs, VA
November 15-17, 2018
The 2018 VMEA Professional Development Conference will take place on November 15, 16, and 17 at The Omni Homestead Resort in historic Hot Springs, Virginia. 

Room reservations will be available on Monday February 5, 2018 at 6:00 am.

Why Should Music Teachers Attend?

  • Refreshes and enhances teaching skills.
  • Serves as an opportunity for quality professional development.
  • Provides information and training on the latest research and trends in music education.
  • Reviews the latest developments in music technology.
  • Affords networking opportunities with fellow music teachers from across the Commonwealth.
  • Provides clinics and workshops presented by master teachers and leaders from across the United States.
  • Provides opportunity to visit with music industry professionals and discuss the latest in curriculum materials for use in the classroom.
  • Presents outstanding performing groups conducted by fellow teachers.
  • Provides opportunity for meaningful and relevant recertification points.
  • Provides new thoughts and ideas to be used in the classroom immediately.

VMEA Conference Playoff Policy

  • Band directors who may have a playoff game during conference must pre-register for the conference and then request a refund of the conference pre-registration fee in the event of a playoff game.  All band directors who register at conference will pay the on-site registration fee and will not be eligible for a refund.
  • Band directors it is to your advantage to go ahead and pre-register for conference and then should you have a playoff game during that weekend request a refund. Refunds should be requested through the State Manager.
  • Requests for refunds must be made prior to December 1st.

Contact Information

Conference CoordinatorJeff Marlatt
1460 University Drive
Winchester, VA 22601
[email protected]
Associate Conference CoordinatorMichael Ehrlich
Daniels Run Way
Fairfax, VA 23030
[email protected]
Conference TreasurerDan Schoemmell
PO Box 62
Basye, VA 22810
[email protected]

Call for Performers and Clinicians

The Virginia Music Educators Association welcomes submissions for our 2018 Annual Professional Development Conference to be held November 15 – 17, 2018 at The Omni Homestead Resort in historic Hot Springs, Virginia.

We encourage submission of workshop and mini-session proposals focused on the conference theme Thinking in Music. Workshops are 60 minutes in length and are interactive, hands-on experiential sessions. The mini-session (Chat Rooms) format is 25 minutes in length with the clinician serving as facilitator of a focused best practice group question/answer discussion.

Through our conference theme, we explore both product and process in the teaching and learning of music. Our 39th Annual Professional Development Conference will bring together music educators, music researchers, and performing ensembles to explore composition, improvisation, music listening, and cultural context.

Performance Application

The Performance Application will be available on March 5, 2018.

The deadline for applications is April 28, 2018.

Clinic Proposal

Form Submissions can be submitted February 1.

The submission deadline for proposals is midnight on April 1, 2018.

Clinicians will be notified of the status of their proposal by July 15, 2018.


Exhibitor Information

The 2019 VMEA Professional Development Conference exhibit booths are now available for contract. 

Please contact James Stegner for additional information.

Exhibits Business ManagerJim Stegner
PO Box 602
Powhatan, VA 23139
[email protected] (804) 357-4103

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