Illinois Music Education Conference

January 23-26, 2019 | Peoria, Illinois

Pre-registration has closed for IMEC 2019. You can still plan to register onsite in Peoria!

Click Here for Registration Details including registration rates, levels and deadlines.

2019 IMEC Guest Speakers & Artists

Jonathan Edison, IMEC 2019 Keynote Speaker

opening general Session
Keynote Speaker

Jonathan Edison

In today’s competitive and often complicated world it takes real solutions, creativity, innovation and courage to accomplish great things. Now, for more than ten years, Jonathan has taken his message of courage, strength and inspiration to more than 1,000 audiences and 1 million people across North America. We are excited to welcome Jonathan Edison to give the opening keynote address at IMEC 2019!

James Hill & Anne Janelle

Opening Night &
Composition Concert
James Hill & Anne Janelle

The Canadian Folk Music Award-winning ukulele/cello duo have charmed audiences in over 15 countries. In concert, James is “a dazzling performer with a genial, low-key sense of humour” (Edmonton Journal) and Anne brings her “gorgeous voice”(Acoustic Magazine) to songs that are “beautifully written and brilliantly performed” (R2 Magazine). Don’t miss their captivating performances at IMEC 2019!

The Opening Night Concert is ticketed event open to the public, For tickets, call the Peoria Civic Center Box Office at 309-673-3200.

Conference Schedule

Wondering what clinicians and directors will be presenting and performing at 2019 IMEC? Want to begin planning your conference experience? Click Here to preview the schedule for the 2019 Illinois Music Education Conference (subject to change).





Making Your Case

Securing time away from school and financial support to attend a conference requires thorough preparation and articulated benefits to your institution, department, colleagues and professional performance. Use these steps and resources to help make your case to attend the Illinois Music Education Conference 2019!

Steps to Making Your Case

Five Reasons to Attend IMEC

Budget Worksheet (Customizable)

Sample Memo (Printable)

Sample Memo (Customizable)



Choral director leading ensemble in a performance at the Illinois Music Education Conference.
African American high school student singing with a microphone in an All-State vocal jazz performance.

Student & Director Information

Congratulations to all students who were selected for the 2019 ILMEA All-State Student Programs! Click the button below for information and resources to help plan your time in Peoria for All-State in January!

Conference Housing

The Peoria Convention and VIsitors Bureau is using an online portal to manage housing reservations. This will provide you with up-to-date and detailed information on availability, amenities, pricing and location for participating accommodations.

Click here for the IMEC 2019 Housing Reservation Portal

If you have any questions or issues with your booking process, please email for assistance.

A few downtown Peoria and East Peoria hotels are being held for Conference Staff and All-State Participating Students/Chaperones. They do appear on the list of participating accommodations, but will not be available for your reservation. This has been done to ease the burden of travel on the selected schools and their students. We appreciate your support of these policies and procedures!

Photo of bridge into Peoria, Illinois at sunset.
Male exhibitor showing female conference attendee a book for sale in the Illinois Music Education Conference exhibit hall.


Over 250 exhibit booths were sold for the 2018 Illinois Music Education Conference (IMEC). A record for ILMEA, this shows the growth and energy of the music industry! We appreciate all that our annual exhibitors do and cannot wait to welcome new exhibitors into our halls.

**New for 2019: Sponsorship Opportunities**
Be sure to read pages 4-5 of the Exhibitor Prospectus to find the opportunity that is right for you!

Click Here for the IMEC 2019 Exhibitor Prospectus

Click Here for the IMEC 2019 Decorating & Services Packet
Booth Assignments for Exhibitors with reservations will be emailed 10/11/2018.

Click Here for the IMEC 2019 Exhibitor Badge Request Form

Click Here for the Savor Sample Regulations & Request Form



IMEC History

Looking for repertoire from a past All-State or for handouts from a past IMEC?

Visit the IMEC History pages to find what you're looking for! 


Black and white overhead picture of the All-Conference Sing at the Peoria Civic Center

Future IMEC Dates

2020 Illinois Music Education Conference January 29 - February 1, 2020