An Invitation from the Director of Professional Development

The OMEA 2017 Professional Development “North Coast” Conference

Cleveland, Ohio, February 2 -4, 2017

We are excited to be returning to the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland for the 2017 OMEA Professional Development Conference – the “North Coast Conference”. The city of Cleveland has continued to grow and develop new and updated housing and dining options, which I am sure you will enjoy. The 2017 PDC team of content chairs, standing chairs and OMEA staff has been hard at work securing the top presenters and clinicians in the field of music education to meet your professional development needs.

The 2017 PDC will offer the most significant “special focus” track in OMEA history and several new initiatives sparked by member surveys and other data. Notable changes include a restructured session schedule; selected 90-minute session times; several clinic-concert sessions; and more “first time” OMEA presenters.

The 2017 special focus sessions are made possible by a generous grant from the Ohio Arts Council. We are grateful for this opportunity and look forward to a continuing partnership with the OAC. Don’t miss your chance to explore such topics as teaching in urban and rural schools; managing resources in low-income communities; improving classroom behavior; non-traditional music education; the impact of the Every Student Succeeds Act; working with special learners and more.

The blind-audition process for performing groups has resulted in another program of outstanding ensembles of all shapes and sizes. TI:ME technology sessions, All-State concerts and plentiful networking/social opportunities guarantee another “must attend” event for music educators.

The exhibit hall in the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland will be filled with many familiar faces and a few new ones. Attendees have been asking for more time to visit the exhibits and more time to find a meal without missing so many sessions. The new schedule builds in flextime for attendees to use as they wish – eat, visit vendor booths, network or just get off of your feet for a few minutes!

Make your plans NOW to join us in Cleveland, February 2-4 for the 2017 North Coast Conference. Still undecided? Be sure to check out the new PDC website ( featuring some of the outstanding presenters slated for the 2017 PDC (see list in TRIAD). The “Conference” tab (left side of OMEA homepage) will also host a preregistration link; information on the Instructional-Hour Certificate Program (IHCP); graduate credit options; housing reservations; reception request form and more.

2017 PDC Team
Mark Hensler, Director of Professional Development



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