2018 3rd Biennial FAME Conference


This summer in Chicago!
July 20th to 22nd

Register Today for the 3rd Biennial FAME Conference or one of the Pre-Conference Courses!
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Get information about Graduate Credit from Vandercook College of Music!

It’s time for our 3rd biennial FAME Conference in Chicago! It is sure to be the most outstanding FAME conference yet! Featured headliners include Move It! co-creator and Martha Graham dancer, Peggy Lyman-Hayes, and co-creator of The Book of Movement Exploration and Laban specialist Jane Kahan, as well as other music education legends including Sister Lorna Zemke, Martha Riley, and Nick Page; a veritable powerhouse of educational talent. In addition, you will enjoy 20 sessions presented by experienced master teachers who will demonstrate applications/insights of First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege. All this is presented at the convenient Chicago Marriott Midway with free shuttle to and from Midway Airport. Join in the excitement and find thoughtful and energetic fellowship with others who share the 30-year plan for a more tuneful, beatful, and artful world.

The Conference starts out with the Strawberry Social and evening Folk dance. Join us for an evening of traditional folk dances from America and around the world. Martha Riley will be calling the dances and live music will be provided by the Hoosier Recruits.

Nick Page will give our Keynote address and will be leading our Community Sing on Saturday evening. Nick is a Boston-based song leader, also known for his creative work. In the 1980’s Nick was a conductor with the Chicago Children’s Choir and currently directs Boston’s Mystic Chorale, a group he founded in 1990.  Nick has over a hundred published choral works and is the author of three books for music educators including Sing and Shine On, his guide to multicultural song leading and Sing With Us Songbook from Hal Leonard.  He is working on a third book presenting a powerful approach to teaching creativity.  Nick has conducted at Carnegie Hall and his children’s opera, The Comic Book Opera premiered at Lincoln Center.  He travels the country leading songs, workshops, and team building activities at schools, places of worship, and businesses.

In addition to Nick Page, you will be able to learn from outstanding practitioners extremely well-versed in the Feierabend approach, appealing to newcomers, as well as to those who have used these materials for years. Enjoy over 20 sessions on a variety of topics. We will also have morning Move Its! lead by the Move It! lady herself, Peggy Lyman-Hayes on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Meet and greet colleagues and friends at a cocktail hour for all local FAME Chapters. A dinner banquet has been planned for Saturday evening followed by the Community Sing. Other highlights include a  question and answer session with Sr. Lorna Zemke and John Feierabend moderated by Dr. Missy Strong and much more!

Pre-Certification Courses
New this year is the opportunity to sign up for a full 20 hour Certification Course in either First Steps in Music (taught by Lillie Feierabend) or Conversational Solfege (taught by Craig Knapp). These courses start Wednesday morning prior to the Conference and run to Friday afternoon. Participation in these Certification Courses is eligible for 1 Graduate Credit from Vandercook College of Music.

Pre-Conference Warm-up Sessions
Can’t do the entire Certification Course but want to get into the tuneful, beatful, and artful frame of mind before being immersed into the Conference weekend? We’re having Pre-conference Warm-up sessions in both First Steps in Music (taught by Rachel Grimsby) and Conversational Solfege (taught by John Crever). Both are at an affordable rate, but must have 10 people sign up for the class in order for them to take place.

DR_John_Profile“Join us for an inspiring weekend – bringing music educators together to experience the joy and exuberance of song and dance, the opportunity to explore best practices in teaching methods, and the benefit of sharing common experiences with colleagues who share a passion for advancing musical learning for all students.”
                                  – Dr. John Feierabend

Whether you are a student just learning about the Feierabend Approach to Music Education or a seasoned educator who has used this method for years, you’ll learn something at the FAME Conference. A great weekend with like-minded people who all share the same enthusiasm.

Early Registration pricing through July 1st:
$190 for FAME Members
$260 for Non-Members (includes a one year membership)
$80 for FAME Student Members

Conference Registration pricing after July 1st:
$240 for FAME Members
$310 for Non-Members (includes a one year membership)
$100 for FAME Student Members

Pre-Conference Certification Course (July 18th through July 20th, 9 am to 5 pm)
$350 per participant

Pre-Conference Warm-Up (July 20th, 12 pm to 4 pm)
$60 per participant

All of the rooms at the Conference Hotel have been reserved. Blocks of rooms are also reserved at the Courtyard by Marriott Chicago/Midway for $149 per night plus tax. Make your reservation now to secure your room! Room blocks are only held until July 2nd!

The Chicago Marriott Midway, Courtyard by Marriott, and Hilton Garden Inn Chicago/Midway are a mile south of Chicago’s Midway Airport and are in the same hotel complex. They provide free shuttle service to and from the airport. Extend your stay for the Certification Courses or to enjoy Chicago before or after the Conference! A short shuttle ride to the El and you’re downtown in no time!

FAME Conference Scholarship Winners
FAME is happy to announce the winners of our first Scholarships for the FAME Conference! We had a wonderful response with applications and it was a difficult decision, but winners have been chosen!

The winners of the five Free Registrations for first time Conference goers are:
     Benjamin Batman
     Amanda Fee
     Holly Hinchley
     Cally Lindenmier
     Todd Patrick

The winners of the two $500 awards to attend one of the two pre-conference Certification Courses are:
     Lena Burke
     Siobhan McClintock
This money can be used to offset travel costs, hotel costs or the registration cost to attend the course. This is a reimbursement award and will be awarded at the Conference Banquet on Saturday night of the Conference. 

Vandercook College of Music will offer one graduate credit for Certification Course completion and one graduate credit for conference participation.  Information regarding the Graduate Credit from Vandercook may be found here on their website.

Register for the FAME Conference, Pre-Certification Courses or Warm-Up Workshops TODAY!


The full schedule of events with brief descriptions of the workshops and bios of the presenters may be found here.



  • Join your friends and colleagues for the Strawberry Social and evening Folk dance called by Martha Riley with the Hoosier Recruits


  • Keynote address by Nick Page, Boston-based song leader and author of three books for music educators, who travels the country leading songs, workshops, and team building activities at schools, places of worship, and businesses.
  • Question and answer session with Sr. Lorna Zemke and John Feierabend, moderated by Dr. Missy Strong
  • General Session with Jane Kahan, co-author of the Movement Exploration book and Laban expert
  • Banquet followed by a community sing led by Nick Page
  • 12 sessions led by outstanding practitioners extremely well-versed in the Feierabend approach, appealing to newcomers, as well as to those who have used these materials for years.


  • 8 more inspiring conference sessions
  • General Session with Peggy Lyman-Hayes and John where they will premiere TWO brand new Move Its!
  • Annual FAME Membership Meeting

Register NOW!