Conference Registration

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION is now over for the 2023 Annual WVMEA In-Service Conference.

This year, the Conference will be in-person at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, WV, on March 2-4, 2023. Registrants must be current WVMEA members at the time of registration and during the conference dates. Membership will be verified at the time of registration. Questions about NAfME membership may be directed to Join or renew your membership at

Information for the three (3) credit hour WVU Professional Development Class for teachers attending the 2023 WVMEA Conference is available HERE.

Note: All teachers must be pre-registered in order to take students to participate in any conference activity. Failure to comply will result in an increased registration fee and students will be removed from conference activities until evidence of conference registration is verified with the chair of the respective affiliate.

Questions about registration may be directed to

2023 WVMEA Conference Keynote Speaker DEBORAH CONFREDO

2023 WVMEA Conference Keynote Speaker DEBORAH CONFREDO

Deborah (Sheldon) Confredo is Professor and Director of the Online MM in Music Education at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, and a 42-year veteran music educator. She is founder of Temple’s Night Owls Campus/Community Band which launched Temple's community music performance outreach program and is past conductor of the Philadelphia All-City High School Band. Confredo is President-Elect of the National Association for Music Education, chairs the NAfME Music Teacher Profession Initiative, and serves on the higher education sub-committee of the NAfME Repertory Diversity Task Force.

Although a professor for Temple University, Dr. Confredo resides in Louisiana where she is an active member of the Louisiana Music Educators Association in her work on the LMEA Council for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Professional Development Committee, the Louisiana Music Adjudicators Association, and as contributor to the LMEA 12-for-12 webinar series.

She has co-authored the texts The Complete Woodwind Instructor: A Guidebook for the Music Educator and Lessons in Performance (FJH), and is editor of Superior Bands in Sixteen Weeks, and Chorales and Rhythmic Etudes for Superior Bands. Confredo is lead author for the FJH publication Measures of Success®, a multi-level band method for beginning and intermediate instrumentalists. She developed and is featured in the Measures of Success® Video Practice Buddy Series, an online video tutorial program for developing band musicians.

Her numerous articles are published in journals such as the Journal for Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education (CRME), Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Journal for Music Teacher Education, Journal of Music Therapy, Music Educators Journal, Journal of Band Research, The Instrumentalist, and Contributions to Music Education, as well as in several state music education journals. She has been an editorial board member on several professional journals and currently serves as editorial board member for the Journal of Band Research.

She is in demand as guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, speaker, and lecturer. Tau Beta Sigma, the Illinois Music Educators Association, and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association have honored her for distinguished service to music education. Mansfield University (PA) has recognized her as a distinguished alumnus. She is recipient of the Pennsylvania State University College of Arts and Architecture Distinguished Alumni Award, the Florida State University Faculty Citation for Graduate Alumni Award, and the Temple University Outstanding Faculty Service Award.

In Louisiana, Confredo continues to perform as a saxophonist with the Lafayette Concert Band and the Acadian Wind Symphony. She also performs and records with her bassist/guitarist husband, Ralph, in their music studio, Electric Étoufée-dyland.



Embassy Suites

300 Court St, Charleston, WV 25301
(304) 347-8700

Rate: $155.00
(cutoff date 2/8/2023)


Conference Overview

The annual WVMEA In-Service Conference is held in the spring of each year. It encompasses every segment of the organization and has emerged as a major in-service activity for all teachers, as well as providing unique performance opportunities for gifted students. In addition to workshop sessions on all levels of music instruction from kindergarten through college, several inspiring concert hours are held to spotlight the top honors performing organizations in the state, including honors finalists from the regional solo and ensemble festivals.

The gala finale of the In-Service Conference traditionally has been the performances of the All-State Band, Orchestra, and Chorus, usually under the direction of nationally known conductors. The In-Service Conference is supported by exhibitors who have displays and by the registration fee paid by members who attend. WVMEA members also have the opportunity to participate in the national and divisional NAfME in-service conferences, which are held during alternate years These meetings offer a wealth of possibilities for improved training and provide additional educational opportunities to all who attend.

Conference Staff:

Conference Chair - Eric Staats
Site Coordinator - Brandon Willard
Conference Treasurer - Dr. Sandra Schwartz
Exhibits Chair - Kathleen Corbett
Conference Publications - Michelle Eichelberger
Honor Ensemble and X-Ensemble Chair - Jamie Hasley, Katie Schramm
Conference Photographer - Dr. David Bess
Equipment Coordinators - Mark Hardman, Andrew Martin, Sean McCallister
All-State Chairs - Tracey Filben, Justin Jones, Courtney Moore, Kelly Childers, Vera Miller, Danielle Taylor, Ed Harkless
2024 WVMEA In-Service Conference February 29, 2024 08:00 am EST 155 Days 18 18 Hrs. 55 5 Mins.