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The 2024 OMEA Professional Development Conference

Columbus, Ohio, February 1-3, 2024
Mark Hensler
Make your plans now to join us at the beautiful Greater Columbus Convention Center and Downtown Columbus Hyatt. Need help convincing your administrator to provide release time? Check out the updated “Letter to Administrators” which presents the conference through the lens of the “standards for the teaching profession”.
NEW for 2024: Did you happen to notice how busy things were on Thursday morning? Why should we let the General Music teachers have all the fun!? We are now offering sessions and performances for all attendees beginning at 11:00 AM on Thursday! The Greater Columbus Convention Center will house “General Music World”, (guaranteed to have more space this year). General Music attendees should also make plans to participate in the “Jump Start” sessions on Thursday morning, and the Ohio Orff Chapter’s “Glow in the Dark Dance Party” on Thursday evening. The Convention Center will also host a variety of sessions and performances including special guest “The Athena Brass Band”, All-State rehearsals, and our outstanding Trade Show! Columbus offers several unique opportunities for your conference experience. The Hyatt, (conference headquarters), and Hilton Hotels are connected to the Convention Center and the Drury Inn is accessible through the CC food court. The Hyatt will host the All-State Children’s Choir, All-State Choir, All-State Jazz, research forum, and a range of sessions, performances, meetings, and receptions. The Hyatt Big Bar on 2 will host the ever-popular late-night “Stanton’s/JECO Reading Session” and “JECO Jam Session”. The exhibit hall in the Greater Columbus Convention Center will offer the latest and greatest tools and merchandise from our partners in the music industry. The 30-minute transition time between events has allowed for improved networking and plenty of time to visit with the vendors. Still undecided? Take a tour of the OMEA Website Conference Menu to see a list of performing ensembles; clinicians by area; registration info; Instructional-Hour Certificate Program (IHCP); Ashland graduate credit; housing reservations; and more! Be sure to visit and “like” the OMEA Facebook page to see weekly clinician spotlights and stay up to date with the latest PDC news. 2024 PDC Team Mark Hensler, Director of Professional Development