2020 Conference

Norfolk, VA November 19, 20, 21, 2020

Virginia Music Educators Association Fall 2020 Professional Development Conference
Dear VMEA Members~
After thoughtful and careful consideration, the Virginia Music Educators Association has determined, based on the current COVID-19 environment, that it is necessary to transition our annual VMEA Professional Development conference in November to a virtual conference. The safety and health of our members and their families, school children, guest clinicians and performers, exhibitors, staff, and other conference attendees is, and will be, our number one priority. 
This has been a painful decision. In order to prevent our organization and members from incurring cancellation penalties in the future, it was necessary for VMEA to make the decision at this time. After evaluating the impact of the current restrictions, we have determined that hosting a virtual conference is the right thing to do. Even if governmental authorities later ease restrictions to allow large gatherings, we believe the interactions among our teachers, students, staff and others would place our attendees at undue risk. Other considerations included concerns over restricted travel, funding, and professional leave for teachers, as well as future stay-at-home possibilities.
VMEA still intends to hold high-quality virtual professional development experiences this fall. Our VMEA Conference Planning Committee (which includes representation from each VMEA section) will be discussing this further in our June meeting. More specific information will be sent to you in the coming months. We appreciate your patience as we make this transition. Providing our members with professional development that is meaningful and of high quality during this time is our number one priority and we value your continued support of VMEA more than ever.
VMEA Performance Chair

2020 Professional Development Conference

Norfolk, VA - November 19-21

The 2020 VMEA Professional Development Conference will take place on November 19-21 in Norfolk, 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

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 2020 Annual Professional Development Conference to be held November 19 – 21, 2020 at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott and the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside in Norfolk, Virginia.

We encourage submission of workshop and mini-session (chat room) proposals focused on the conference theme Making Music Together.

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.

Our 41st Annual Professional Development Conference brings together music educators, music researchers, industry professionals and performing ensembles to reflect on and honor varied means of music making across the Commonwealth while boldly embracing a future that provides a diverse experience for all music learners.

Performance Application

VMEA performance information and application will be posted on March 1, 2020.

The submission deadline for applications is NOW MAY 1, 2020.

Clinic Proposal

Form Submissions can be submitted February 1.

The submission deadline for proposals is NOW MAY 1, 2020.

Clinicians will be notified of the status of their proposal by July 15, 2020.


Exhibitor Information

The 2020 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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