Although winter may have its icy grip on us right now, we know that spring will arrive, and with it comes all the promise of renewal and rebirth. Speaking of renewal and rebirth, a great opportunity awaits you this spring to rejuvenate your professional perspectives in the form of the Biennial NAfME Eastern Division In-Service Conference, to take place April 4-7, 2019 in Pittsburgh, PA.
Excitement is mounting as we draw nearer to this gala event, which will feature hundreds of workshops, performances, and opportunities to connect with colleagues from all over the country, in addition to the thirteen state units that comprise the NAfME Eastern Division. If you haven’t already done so, explore the conference offerings at https://www.pmea.net/2019-eastern-division-information/. Please note that early-bird registration rates are available until March 26, 2019, after which higher rates take effect.
Among the highlights of the conference will be performances by the Eastern Division Honors Band, Orchestra, Mixed Chorus, Treble Chorus, and Jazz Band. Hundreds of fine student musicians from Maine to Maryland will amass to rehearse and perform under the batons of master conductors. As always, the Honors Ensembles rehearsals are open to all conference registrants, and is a great way to pick up some highly useful rehearsal, conducting, and repertoire ideas.
Many thanks to the state organizations that have so graciously invited me to join them at their state functions over the past several months. Stand-out experiences have included:
Delaware: As spirited day of professional development in conjunction with the state’s Art education professional association and leading a session on choral techniques.
Vermont: The beauty of autumn in Montpelier accompanied by some great strategic planning work by the VMEA Board.
Europe: The warm hospitality of the EMEA members, delivering the keynote address, presenting on vocal techniques, and the opportunity to explore historic and artistic Belgium, including Brussels, Bruges and Antwerp.
New York: The return to my old stomping grounds, including working with NYSSMA’s Executive Board, presenting on the national standards, and the majesty of the All-State ensemble performances in Rochester’s glorious Eastman Hall.
Maryland: The varied sessions and workshops, presenting on the use of the Danielson framework for music teacher evaluation, and seeing and hearing all of the top-notch All-State ensembles.
The coming months will bring highly anticipated visits in Washington, DC, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and Maine.
That one opportunity to see members of our NAfME Eastern Division family together under one roof will be in Pittsburgh. Mark your calendars for April 4-7, use the link to register, and plan for one incredible experience. Our Division Conference is like no other in the world of music education – a truly unique opportunity for professional development, musical inspiration, and networking with a wide array of colleagues and exhibitors. I hope to see you there!