2020 Conference

June 16 – 20, 2020 Indianapolis, Ind.

 “Back Home again in Indiana and it seems that I can see…..”

 Welcome back to the Hoosier State and Indianapolis – home of the NFMC! Indianapolis is known as “The Crossroads of America” where major interstate highways crisscross bringing everyone from the North, South, East and West to the great state of Indiana! The city’s name, Indianapolis, is derived from the name Indiana (Land of the Indians). We have many nicknames for our city. A few you might hear while visiting are: “Circle City”, “Indy”, “India-no-place”, “Naptown”, and “Railroad City”. The origin of the term “Hoosier State” remains a matter of debate. “Hoosier” was in general use by the 1840’s, having been popularized by Richmond resident John Finley’s 1833 poem “The Hoosier’s Nest”. Indiana adopted the nickname “The Hoosier State” more than 150 years ago.

Indianapolis will be celebrating its Bicentennial during your visit in June. What a great time to extend your trip by bringing your family and visiting the many exciting sites the city has to offer. Places you may like to visit are: Indianapolis Zoo, Butterfly Kaleidoscope, White River State Park, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Lucas Oil, Indianapolis Children’s Museum, Eiteljorg Museum, Newfields, Indianapolis Museum of Art and the President Benjamin Harrison Home. Did you know that Indianapolis has more historic monuments and memorials than any city in the United States (outside of Washington, D.C.)? A few of interest are: USS Indianapolis Memorial, Veterans Memorial Plaza, National Headquarters of the American Legion, Land Mark of Peace, 9-11 Memorial. You’ll want to be a part of Wednesday’s City tour which will highlight many of these sights.

The IFMC is celebrating its 100 year anniversary. Your hosts and the entire Indiana Federation have exciting and memorable experiences planned for you during your time in Indy.

Tuesday is filled with meetings. We will end with an enjoyable evening of Jazz with Electric violinist/vocalist Cathy Morris.


Wednesday’s opening ceremony will be one you won’t want to miss! There will be several workshops and a presentation by Marsh Davis from Indiana Landmarks sharing Indiana history. Don’t forget to reserve your seat for the exciting city bus tour visiting many of Indianapolis’s sights as well as a special stop at the Butterfly Kaleidoscope. Your hosts have planned a “Hoosier Hospitality Picnic” with special music provided by the Indy Winds Flute Choir.


Thursday will be a day filled with exciting presentations and clinics. There will be a workshop on Music Technology, Opera Education and pet therapy group called Paws and Think. You’ll want to be a part of the Rose Fay Thomas Luncheon where you will hear the world renowned

Indianapolis Children’s Choir. To top the evening off, you will hear “Bells Like You’ve Never Heard Them Before!” ringing with a concert by the Circle City Ringers! Friday will be busy with meetings, presentations and programs by the Great American Songbook Foundation,

Music Therapy and NFMC Festival Choir Concert. The closing concert will feature NFMC Young Artist Paul Wolf, tenor, who will present a wonderful recital.

With the conference located in the heart of downtown, you will be in a prime location for great restaurants, shopping and sight seeing. You will love the renovated Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel! We look forward to your visit to our great city and to having you be a part of its great History, Arts and Culture. Come Explore, Experience and Enjoy!

– Lisa Cremer & David Mannell, Conference Co-Chairs

Official Call
Registration & Meal Reservation
Voting & Memorial Form
Proposed Rules & Bylaw Changes