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ARTISTRY: Teaching & Performing January 10-13, 2018 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 approximately 250 clinic sessions and concerts, it is host to 22 All-State Ensembles featuring Florida's top Band, Orchestra, Chorus, Guitar, and Elementary Orff students conducted by world-class conductors and teachers. 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, exhibitors, and parents of performing students.

Hotel Information

Hotels are still taking reservations, and several rooms are sill available. In order to keep registration fees low it is important to stay only at an official FMEA hotel. This allows the hotels to provide us greatly reduced prices for the ballrooms we use for all-state rehearsals. As hotels notify us of availability, we'll post on the FMEA Home Page, and the FMEA Facebook Page.

The Westin Harbour Island Hotel has been renamed to the Westin Tampa Waterside

If a school is paying for your rooms, a Purchase Order must be submitted to the hotel in advance.

A new TMD fee of $1.50 per room per night will be charged on rooms that are not paid for by your school.

Important Dates

(Subject to Change)

April 30: Deadline for Session Proposals and Performance Applications
August 1: Deadline for Product Showcase Applications
September 23: Hotels begin taking reservations at 9:00 a.m.
September 23: Pre-Registration Opens 
November 11: Hotel Room Cancellation Deadline 5:00p.m.
November 14: Hotels will charge your credit card for the first night of each room held.
December 8: 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 6-8. 
December 9: 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.

Earn Graduate Credit at Conference

The University of Miami Frost School of Music is offering graduate credits through Frost online at the 2018 Conference. Please contact Rachel Hanusa at with questions regarding the course and registration. This is not an endorsement by The Florida Music Education Association and is provided for informational purposes only. More Information...