NMEA Conference/In-Service Clinic

Each November NMEA provides professional development for music educators at its "Conference/In-Service Clinic." The 2021 event will be held November 17-19 (Wednesday - Friday) in Lincoln, Nebraska. Registration headquarters and Expo are at the Embassy Suites, 1040 P Street, with conference sessions across the street on UNL's main campus (Westbrook Music Building) and at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. The Cornhusker Marriott Hotel will also be used for sessions.


Registration fees for the 2021 NMEA Conference will be:

Early Bird - $100 Early Bird - $135
Registration - $125 Registration - $150
Late Registration - $140 Late Registration - $175
Introductory Registration - $25  
Member Sponsored Guest - $25  


Dates for early bird registration, regular registration, and late registration will be coming soon!


Session applications for the 2021 NMEA Conference have closed. Thank you to all those who submitted proposals!

You may view the rubric that will be used during our evaluation and selection process.

Session Rubric

 If you have any questions, email the Executive Director at [email protected]


The application for performing ensembles to perform at the 2021 NMEA Conference is now open and will close on May 22 at 11:59 p.m. Please fill out our Google form to submit your application. 

To facilitate the application process, please make sure you have the following information gathered before beginning:

  • Your NAfME number
  • Director(s) headshot
  • Bio (150 words or less)
  • High quality mp3s of your group performing. There should be three (3) selections of contrasting styles

Ensembles that performed at the 2019 conference or virtually at the 2020 conference are not eligible to perform in 2021.

NMEA is encouraging diversity in terms of types of ensembles and music performed.

Call for Performing Ensembles Form

Selected ensembles will need to send a photo of your group to NMEA no later than September 10, 2021.

If you have any questions, email the Executive Director at [email protected]


Registration fees for exhibit booths for the 2021 NMEA Conference will be: 

  • Exhibit Booth - $275
  • 2nd Booth - $225
  • 3rd Booth - $225
  • Electric - $75

Registration dates will be coming soon!


IMAGE CONSENT:  NMEA records video and takes photographs during the Conference to use in our publications and broadcasts, such as the Nebraska Music Educator magazine, the NMEA website, etc.  Submitting an application or registration requires consent to allow any images taken during the conference to be used by NMEA. 

RECORDINGS:  Video or audio recording of any session, rehearsal or performance is strictly prohibited unless it is NMEA authorized personnel.

CANCELLATION POLICY:  There will be no refund of conference registration fees, unless the refund request is due to a personal or family emergency (defined as death or illness of an immediate family member, or other similar circumstance). If the NMEA Board of Directors deems the request a legitimate emergency, the refund will consist of half the registration fee paid by the individual.


  • 2022 - Wednesday-Friday, November 16-18
  • 2023 - Thursday-Saturday, November 16-18
  • 2024 - Wednesday-Friday, November 20-22
  • 2025 - Thursday-Saturday, November 20-22

NMEA conference dates were chosen to take advantage of the availability of hotels and conference facilities. Please put the dates of the NMEA Conference on your school calendars and notify all necessary school officials; working several years ahead will help avoid conflicts with other school activities.