IMEA Bringing the Best in Music to the Peoria Area
PEORIA, IL - The Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) is gearing up for the annual All-State Conference which will take place on Jan. 26-29 at the Peoria Civic Center.
The All-State Conference is a highlight for many of the students, teachers and music professionals who participate. The 2011 theme - "Music is a 21st Century Skill" - proclaims that studying, performing, and appreciating music is highly prevalent in today's society. It also marks the IMEA's partnership with 21st Century Skills (http://www.21stcenturyskills.org/), an advocacy organization focused on infusing 21st century skills into educational forums.
This year's All State Conference will be jam packed with activities for all attendees. A special opening night ceremony will kick off the conference by showcasing two prestigious musical groups: the Air National Guard Band of the Midwest and the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America. Additionally, a keynote address will be given by Nancy Ditmer, the President-elect of the National Association for Music Education.
In addition to the many speakers and presentations available, students from around the state will be auditioning, rehearsing, and performing in various music categories, such as wind, percussion, jazz, voice, strings, madrigals, and much more. The All-State band, orchestra, and choral concerts are arguably the most anticipated events of the conference.
IMEA holds this annual conference to immerse students and music professionals into an eclectic musical universe. The learning and performance opportunities are second to none, and the networking availabilities enrich the educational experience for all participants. IMEA sponsors festivals like the All State Conference in an effort to keep music education flourishing.
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