Future Music Educators Honors Symposium

Future Music Educators Honors Symposium Information (2020)

The PMEA State Board has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Annual Conference & All-State Festival, scheduled for April 22-25, 2020 in the Poconos due to the crisis circumstances that have arisen from the COVID-19 outbreak. This decision was not an easy one, however it was made with the health and safety of our members, students and all other involved personnel in mind. It has been more than 75 years (since WWII) that PMEA has had to take such an action.

Therefore the 2020 PMEA Future Music Educators Honors Symposium will not be held.

We thank everyone for your patience and flexibility in this ever changing situation. We sincerely appreciate all you have done & continue to do for music education in the Commonwealth. May you continue to take care of yourself and all who surround you.


For – Pennsylvania High School Seniors who have been accepted at a college or university to major in music education. Up to 20 students will be chosen from the applications submitted.

Purpose – To present a series of experiences within these students’ chosen career path, in a professional setting.

Students will be making connections with their future peers and mentors, creating a support system for their career preparation, and having opportunities to discuss and reflect on all aspects of their future careers with college music education majors and professional educators.

The program will take place concurrently with the 2020 PMEA Annual Conference at the Kalahari Convention Center in the Poconos, beginning on Wednesday evening, April 22 and concluding on Friday evening, April 24.

Applications to the PMEA Future Music Educators Honors Symposium will be carefully reviewed and are selected based upon:

  • Submitted proof of acceptance to a Music Education major at an accredited college or university
  • GPA/transcript
  • County/District/Region auditions and/or festival participation
  • Involvement in school music program, ideally multiple ensembles
  • Piano and/or theory experience
  • Recommendations from music teachers
  • Personal Statement
  • Private study, Tri-M, National Honors Society participation
  • Community involvement