About this guide
Welcome to the 54th Biennial NAfME Eastern Division In-Service Conference. It is a pleasure to be in Providence again for this highly anticipated event and enjoy all of the amenities that the town has to offer. The next few days will give you a chance to reconnect with old acquaintances and make some new ones. The Eastern Division Conference is a great time to renew the passion for teaching music.
Be sure to take part in the wide selection of informative workshops and clinics, and to enjoy the various performances and social gatherings that make this conference so special. This is a perfect time to “sharpen the saw” while learning about new ideas, strategies and material to put to use in your classroom. We are proud to host over 130 sessions with presenters from around the country. In addition, we have school, collegiate and community performing groups that will be featured during the concert hours. We have wonderful performing groups in the Eastern Division and are proud to be able to highlight them during the Conference.
You won’t want to miss the General Sessions on Friday and Saturday featuring the highly motivating Fran Kick and our very own NAfME President, Glenn Nierman. These sessions will also feature performances by The Capitol Quartet and Just 4 Kicks. Our evening concerts will include Project Trio on Thursday and Naturally 7 on Friday. We kickoff a full slate of All-Eastern ensemble performances beginning with the Jazz Ensemble on Saturday evening, followed by Band, Orchestra, Mixed Choir and Treble Choir on Sunday. The Sunday concerts will be held at the nearby Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium.
I encourage everyone to visit the exhibits and acknowledge the contributions of our music industry as well as checking in at the NAfME resource shop for the latest NAfME publications and merchandise. Please take a moment to thank our exhibitors and the dedicated NAfME staff for their support of this important event.
A special thanks go out to the members of the Conference Committee for all of their advance work, and the Rhode Island Music Education Association for hosting and managing this event. We also want to thank the many volunteers including CNAfME, Tri-M, state leaders, and state MEA members who have contributed to the success of this conference. I also want to express my gratitude to you, for your commitment to music education and for inspiring the students that you work with everyday.
We all know that there are many challenges and issues facing music education specifically and education in general. The next few days will give us the unique opportunity to engage each other in a collaborative effort highlighting the best practices that serve Music Education and Orchestrate Success for music educators and their students.
Welcome to Providence and have a great Conference!
Robert T. Frampton, Jr.,
President, Eastern Division, NAfME