Illinois Music Education Conference

January 29-February 1, 2020 | Peoria, Illinois

Printable IMEC 2020 Registration Information and Rates

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!

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.

Conference Schedule

Click Here for IMEC 2020 schedule of clinics, concerts and events!
Updated 11/7/2019

(Please note that this is a draft and subject to change)

Conference Housing

The general reservation block is now open - hotels for All-State Participating Students will open when results come out in early December.

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.

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

A few downtown Peoria and East Peoria hotels are held for Conference Staff and All-State Participating Students/Chaperones but will not be available for general reservations. 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 2019 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.

The IMEC 2020 Exhibitor Prospectus is now available!

2020 Illinois Music Education Conference Exhibitor Prospectus

2020 IMEC Exhibitor Equipment & Services Packet

**The 2020 College Fair event is sold out, but colleges and universities are still welcome to join us in the main Exhibit Hall! **

Questions? Please contact Lori Evenhouse at [email protected] or by calling 708-479-4000.


African American high school student singing with a microphone in an All-State vocal jazz performance.

Student & Director Information

Watch this space for information to help participating students and directors plan for their time at upcoming ILMEA All-State Student Programs next January!


Upcoming IMEC Dates

January 27-30, 2021
January 26-29, 2022
January 25-28, 2023
January 24-27, 2024
January 29-February 1, 2025

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