Illinois Music Education Association

Written by: Jess Miller

Music lovers in the Peoria Area will be excited to hear that the Illinois Music Education Association  conference is coming to the Peoria Civic Center next week. ILMEA has hosted the past 28 conferences in the heart of Peoria and they call Peoria “home”.

“Peoria is the home of the Illinois Music Education Conference because of the strong support we receive from the City of Peoria, the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and our venue partners,” says Darcy Nendza, Executive Director of IMEA. “We are proud to call Peoria home!”

Now, you might be asking yourself “If I am not a music educator, why would I be excited about this conference coming to Peoria?” Good question.

This conference is not just for the instructors and students; it’s also for everyone who has a love for music! Not only will this conference host a free and public exhibit on Saturday, January 26 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. that has over 175 exhibitors but, they are also providing a variety of free and budget-friendly concerts by some of the best musicians in the state.

The first concert is on Wednesday, January 23 at 8:00 p.m. and will feature the U.S Marine Corps All-State Jazz Band. This one is free and open to the public to attend! Just make sure you call the Peoria Civic Center to get a ticket voucher for this one. (309-673-8900)

The next concert is on Thursday, January 24 from 3-5 p.m.; this is the All-State Composition Contest Showcase Concert which features composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist, Theresa Andersson. Andersson has performed on the Conan O’Brien  and Craig Ferguson shows. This one is also free and open to the public.

Friday, January 25 ILMEA will have the All-State Jazz Night Concert which has a small admission charge of $5, but this concert features both instrumental jazz and vocal jazz music. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

And finally, Saturday, January 26 they will have the All-State and Honors Concert. This one is also $5, and for that price you get to see 2 amazing concerts by the best high school musicians in the state!

There are roughly expected to be about 2,000 instructors as well as 8,000 additional students and exhibitors coming in from all corners of the state for this once a year conference. You don’t want to miss out on all these extraordinary performances by gifted music makers!

If you would like to see the whole schedule click here!

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