More than 5,000 people who love music will be in Yakima this weekend.
The Washington Music Educators Association 49th Annual State Conference will be held at the Yakima Convention Center Thursday, February 17 through Sunday, February 20.

The conference is held every two years in the Yakima Valley

A news release says the conference will feature over 100 sessions for teachers to gain professional development credits; reading sessions for choir, elementary music, orchestra, jazz band and jazz choir. It's held every two years and is the largest convention held in Yakima all year. Music will be played and talked about in a variety of venues and "involve students and educators from universities, colleges and schools plus families and spectators. Among the sites being used for performances, convention, workshops or rehearsals are the Yakima Convention Center, State Fair Park, The Seasons Performance Hall, Baptist Event Center and the Capitol Theatre."

Lots of public performances for you to attend if you love music

If you are interested there's a long list of performances;

Hall of Fame Banquet Thursday February 17, 7:00 PM
Yakima Convention Center South Ballroom Washington State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble Danh Pham, Director

Morning Concerts Friday February 18, 10:30 AM
Choir Concert, Seasons Performance Hall
Meadowdale High School Choir, Jeffery Horenstein, Director
Eastern Washington University Symphonic Choir, Kristina Ploeger-Hekmatpanah
Instrumental Concert, Yakima Convention Center FG
Lake Wood Middle School Band,
Beaver Lake Middle School Orchestra
General Session 2/18, 1:00 PM, Yakima Convention Center

Friday Evening Concerts 7:30 PM
Band at the Capitol Theatre
Union High School Wind and Percussion Ensembles, Adam Morrell, Director
University of Puget Sound Wind Ensemble, Gerard Morris, Director
Choir and Jazz Choir at the Seasons performance Hall
Centennial Middle School Falconiers, Brian Vaugh, Director
Meadowdale High School Impressions, Jeffery Horenstein, Director
Eastern Washington University Collegians, Kristina Ploeger-Hekmatpanah
Orchestra at the Yakima Convention Center FG
Union High School Chamber Orchestra, Timothy Siess, Director
Washington State University Symphony Orchestra, Danh Pham, Director

Saturday Morning 10:00 AM
Jazz Concert Yakima Convention Center FG
Decature High School Jazz Enesmble, Jeff Chang, Director
Mead High School Jazz I, Rob Lewis, Director
Saturday Afternoon
Collaborative Concert Convention Center D 1:00 PM
Ballard High School String, Beth Fortune Director
Seattle Pacific University Orchestra, Christopher T. Hanson, Director
Instrumental Concert Yakima Convention Center FG 2:30
Odle Middle School Philharmonia, Chase Chang, Director
Ferris High School Wind Ensemble, Ben Brueggemeier, Director
Saturday Evening Conference Celebration, Convention Center South Ball Room 7:00 PM
Washington State University Jazz Band, Greg Yasinitsky, Direct

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