77th In-Service All State Conference

April 4-6, 2024

Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford

Music is a unique and necessary part of ALL our lives.  As music educators, we are constantly learning new ways to share our love and passion for music with our students.  All students deserve the opportunity to have a high quality music education from kindergarten through twelfth grade and beyond!

JOIN US for a wide variety of sessions for all disciplines and grade levels! 

JOIN US to hear the student performances from Elementary Honors Ensembles to Showcase Ensembles and the All-State groups! 

JOIN US as we welcome our Keynote Speaker Franklin Willis, NFHS Director of Performing Arts and Sports James Weaver, and NAfME President Scott Sheehan, as well as the rest of our wonderful presenters!

Never been the conference before?  JOIN US!  Haven’t been in a few years?  Welcome back!  Always JOIN US for at least one day every year?  We can’t wait to see you there!

The 2024 CMEA In-Service Conference will take place in Hartford, Connecticut, one of America’s oldest and most historic cities, on the banks of the beautiful Connecticut River. Hartford is the place to be on April 4-6, 2024 for an incredible professional development experience!


Elementary Music Educator and inspirational speaker Franklin Willis will be giving his keynote address on Friday April 5th in Ballroom A at 10:10am.

Later that day, Franklin will present a session just for our ELEMENTARY music educators! All conference attendees are invited to attend this session.

Franklin Willis, a nationally recognized music educator, author, and clinician champions academic excellence through the arts. Recognized for his instructional facilitation and ability to foster inclusivity, he leads by example and encourages colleagues to recognize the brilliance in every child. Willis, the former Community Impact Director for the CMA Foundation, significantly advanced music educations initiatives in Nashville and across the country. Recently, Willis was appointed Fine Arts Director with Metro Nashville Public Schools which serves over 81,000 students. He will lead the district in crafting opportunities to ensure every child in “Music City” not only experiences but also thrives through artful encounters. To learn more about Franklin visit his website at

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