Illinois Music Education Conference

January 29-February 1, 2020 | Peoria, Illinois

Thank you to everyone who submitted a clinic or performance application for IMEC 2020. Selected clinics and performances will be notified by May 31, 2019.

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 Exhibitor Prospectus

**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 or by calling 708-479-4000.


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 schedule of events from IMEC 2019.

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.

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

A few downtown Peoria and East Peoria hotels are 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.
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