2017 Conference

The Homestead – Hot Springs, VA November 16-18, 2017

2017 Professional Development Conference

The Homestead – Hot Springs, VA
November 16-18, 2017
The 2017 VMEA Professional Development Conference will take place on November 16, 17, and 18 at The Omni Homestead Resort in historic Hot Springs, Virginia. 

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 2017 Annual Professional Development Conference to be held November 16 – 18, 2017 at The Omni Homestead Resort in historic Hot Springs, Virginia.

We encourage submission of workshop and “chat room” proposals focused on the conference theme Music for A Lifetime. Workshops are 60 minutes in length and are interactive, hands-on experiential sessions. The “Chat Room” format is 25 minutes in length with the clinician serving as facilitator of a focused, best practice group discussion or demonstration.

Through our conference theme, we explore the lifelong influence of a musical education on learners throughout the Commonwealth. Our 38th Annual Professional Development Conference will bring together music educators, music researchers, and performing ensembles to celebrate the influence of music in our lives and communities.

Performance Application

The Performance Application will be available on March 1, 2017. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2017.

Clinic Proposal

Form Submissions can be submitted February 1.

The submission deadline for proposals is midnight on April 1, 2017.

Clinicians will be notified of the status of their proposal by June 30, 2017.


Exhibitor Information

The 2017 VMEA Professional Development Conference exhibit booths are currently sold out. Please contact James Stegner to be placed on the waiting list.


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

Exhibitor Information

The 2018 VMEA Professional Development Conference exhibit booths can be reserved now. Forms are below to secure a 2018 booth.


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

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