2020 Professional Development “Queen City” Conference Invitation for Cincinnati, Ohio, January 30th – February 1st, 2020

Can you say “collaboration”? The 2020 OMEA PDC is the place to be as we partner with our friends from “The Lion King” at the Aronoff Center and the “Cincinnati Pops Orchestra” at Music Hall. Start planning now to be part of the 2020 PDC anchored in the beautiful Duke Energy Convention Center. Need help convincing your administrator? Check out the “Letter to Administrators” which presents the conference through the lens of the “standards for the teaching profession” (www.omeapdc.com).

We are excited to partner with the world-renown “Cincinnati Pops Orchestra”, offering a conducting session from director John Morris Russell and several instrumental technique sessions. You can also attend an open rehearsal of the Pops on Friday morning at Cincinnati’s beautifully remodeled Music Hall. The Pops have also offered discounted tickets for attendees for their Gershwin concert. See the OMEA PDC website for more information.

Returning for 2020 – the “Musical Theatre” track (MT) with targeted sessions each day including a fun, interactive session to teach attendees choreography from “The Lion King”. The Aronoff Center has also offered discounted tickets for this show from Wednesday evening through Sunday. Look for the links on the OMEA PDC website but don’t delay – seating is limited.

The Hyatt Hotel (Headquarter Hotel) is just across the street from the Convention Center and will house All-State Choirs, orchestra performances, research forum, late night jazz events, and more. The Millennium will serve as host for jazz and additional choral performances.

The Duke Energy Center north wing will be transformed into “General Music World”, hosting GM sessions in the spacious session rooms with plenty of room for movement. We are pleased to announce the return of the General Music “Jump Start” sessions on Thursday morning starting at 9:30 AM. We are also excited to present a clinic-concert by “The Louisville Leopard Percussionists” on Friday afternoon.

Jump Start” has been expanded to include TI:ME sessions and additional offerings – all included free with your registration. These sessions are a result of attendee data indicating a desire to “hit the ground running” on Thursday AM, before the official opening of the PDC.

We are also pleased to present over 60 performances from outstanding ensembles of all shapes and sizes – from vocal jazz to full orchestra. NEW for 2020 will be an ensemble “stage” in the registration area to welcome attendees and guests with live music. Over a dozen demo sessions, TI:ME technology sessions, All-State concerts and a variety of networking/social opportunities guarantee another “must attend” event for Ohio music educators.

The exhibit hall in the Duke Energy Center will offer the latest and greatest tools and merchandise from our partners in the music industry.  The highly popular 30-minute transition time has allowed for improved networking and plenty of time to visit the exhibit hall.

Still undecided? Take a tour of the OMEA PDC website to read clinician spotlights; performing ensemble info; links to preregistration; Instructional-Hour Certificate Program (IHCP); Ashland graduate credit; housing reservations; special function request form; and more. Housing reservations and conference registration are available NOW.

2020 PDC Team
Mark Hensler, Director of Professional Development and Conference Management

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