2019 Eastern Division Information

2019 PMEA/NAfME Eastern Division Conference Information

April 4-7 – Pittsburgh

Innovation, Access, & Insights

Music has always served as an inspiration to connect not just melodies, harmonies, and rhythms, but most importantly, people. The theme of the 2019 NAfME Eastern Division Conference, “Innovation, Access, and Insights”, focuses on how in today’s rapidly changing world, the need for quality music education for all, has never been more vital. Pittsburgh, PA, with its long history of being one of the country’s most industrious cities, and now a cultural center for progress and development, provides the perfect backdrop to showcase how relevant and inclusive music education creates a positive impact on our students and communities.

For conference information including sessions, sponsors, and exhibitors, please visit the 2019 PMEA/NAfME Eastern Division Conference Website.


Conference Registration

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Urban Site Visit – Pittsburgh City Schools

**Pre-registration and tour option is required with your conference registration if you plan to attend**

Join 60 conference attendees to visit and observe innovative and diverse music programs in the Pittsburgh City Public Schools.  Choose one of the four tours. 15 persons max for each tour.  Each tour will consist of two school visits on Friday, April 5th departing at 8:30 a.m.  Attendees will have a follow up sharing session in the afternoon.
Fee for the Site Visit is $10.00 to cover transportation costs.
  • Tour A:  Dilworth K-5  Morning Meeting/Obama 6-12 Steel Drums
  • Tour B:  Allderdice HS, Band/CMU Recording Studio,Hip Hop Project
  • Tour C:  King K-8, Modern Band & General Music/Allegheny K-5, General Music & Keyboarding
  • Tour D:  Brashear HS, Music Technology/South Hills MS, General Music & Keyboarding


Hotel Reservation Information

Room blocks have been reserved at the hotels listed below. Please note that all rates do not include taxes (14% per room night)

  • Westin (headquarters) – $189/night **Wednesday night’s room block at the Westin has been filled.**
  • DoubleTree Pittsburgh Downtown – $179/night – Call 1-800-222-TREE and mention 2019 Eastern Division Conference
  • Drury Plaza Hotel – $169/night
  • Omni William Penn – $175/night
  • Wyndham Grand – $150/night


Exhibitor Information

For exhibitor registration and details, please visit the Exhibitor Information page.


NAfME Eastern Division Composition Program Information

The 2019 NAfME Eastern Division Conference in Pittsburgh, PA (April 4-7, 2017) will feature a Young Composer Concert, followed by a session titled Young Composer Forum. Teachers and students in NAfME Eastern Division states are invited to submit original compositions by students for possible inclusion in the concert. Students in elementary school, secondary school, college, and full-time graduate students are eligible to submit compositions. Students’ school must be in states included in NAfME Eastern Division.
Rules & Regulations:
  • Compositions must not exceed five (5) minutes in duration.
  • Compositions may be for a solo instrument or voice, or for an ensemble of instruments and/or voices
  • Each applicant may submit a maximum of two compositions, but each composition requires a separate application and fee.
  • Students are responsible for providing their own performers. (Eastern Division may assist in recruiting performers, but cannot guarantee a performance.)
  • Students whose works are selected will be expected to attend the Young Composer Concert and the Young Composer Forum.
  • Travel, housing, and other expenses are the responsibility of the composer or sponsoring school.
  • K-12 applicants must have a faculty sponsor who is a member of NAfME.
  • Collegiate applicants must be NAfME Collegiate members in good standing at time of application and at time of concert.
Evaluation criteria: Compositions will be judged based on 3 criteria: Compositional Technique, Overall Musical Appeal, and Originality. Although compositional quality is the primary criterion, NAfME Eastern Division will attempt to represent all four age categories and as many states as possible. In addition, we will seek to program a concert of varied style, genre, and instrumentation.
Submit a composition:
Submission Deadline: January 15, 2019



2019 PMEA/NAfME All-East Honors Ensembles Information

Notifications have been sent to directors.  Questions should be directed to AllEastManager@pmea.net
**Please note that students from Pennsylvania who are selected and choose to participate in an All-East Honors Ensemble will not be able to participate in a 2019 PMEA All-State Ensemble due to rehearsal schedules.**