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Online Registration Fees
The 2018 registration is now open. Pre-registration rates are as follows:
$125 Early Bird Professional Rate
Through Oct. 1st
$155 Pre-conference Professional Rate
Through Dec. 13th
$90 Early Bird First Time Attendee Professional Rate
Through Oct. 1st 
$125 First Time Attendee Professional Rate
Through Dec. 13th 

College Student Rate
Through Dec. 13th

NOTE:  Anyone registered as a spouse or exhibitor will be ineligible to receive a professional development certificate/credit hours for the events attended during the conference.  

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Making Music Amidst the Madness: Rediscovering Our Musical Self

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  • Music educators are quitting at an alarming rate. Arts education is in crisis. Low pay, poor conditions, helicopter parents, no support and the only measure of successful music education sits on the trophy shelf. Is this what you thought it would be like? Come reflect, recharge and/or rediscover that original passion for music. Enjoy an inspiring session that examines our personal musical journey and what impact that has on our students.
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  • Milton Allen serves as both Director of Bands and Instrumental Division Director at Eastern Illinois University, where he conducts the Wind Symphony and Collegiate Band, teaches undergraduate conducting, guides the graduate wind conducting program and oversees all aspects of Eastern’s band program.

    A 17-year veteran of the public school rehearsal room before moving to the university, Allen’s refreshing and practical approach to both music education and conducting has taken him throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom as a clinician and guest conductor. From British Columbia to Glasgow, Scotland and at conferences including the Midwest Clinic, MENC regional and national conventions and BASBWE International Wind Festivals, Allen’s humor, passion and experience combine to illuminate the possibilities of both music education and the live art of performance.