- The Fall Issue of the District 1 Newsletter is now available online. The PDF can be accessed under the NEWSLETTER tab.
- Information about the Fall Professional Development Workshop in November has been added under the PROF DEV tab. Registration online is now open and can be accessed under the same tab or by clicking the "Did You Know" icon to the right.
- The 2014-15 Calendar-at-a-Glance has been added under the FESTIVALS tab.
- NEW medical forms adopted by the state are posted under the FORMS tab. There are now 2 required forms for all students participating in festivals. One of the forms must be signed by a doctor as well.
Dear Orchestra Director,
Chartiers Valley High School is pleased to host the 2014 PMEA Honors String Orchestra Festival. Auditions will be held on Monday, September 15, 2014 with the festival being held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 and Sunday, November 9, 2014, at Chartiers Valley High School.
A student information letter, schedule, and directions to Chartiers Valley High School will be mailed to you soon after auditions. Upon selection you will receive medical forms, contracts and an invoice for the festival.
The guest conductor for this festival will be Mr. Roy Sonne. After 28 years in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and 12 years as Music Director of the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra, Roy Sonne took early retirement in order to devote himself to an ever-increasing number of musical projects and interests. Roy is currently working to organize an after school music program in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, based on the spectacularly successful El Sistema program in Venezuela, which has transformed the lives of over 800,000 Venezuelan children from impoverished circumstances.
Rehearsal on Saturday will begin at 9am. Students should plan on arriving Saturday at 8:30am so that they may check-in and warm-up before 9am. Meals and snacks will be provided across both days for all students. Please let me know of any students that have dietary restrictions. No students may leave during the festival days. All students must be in attendance for the entire schedule according to the PMEA guidelines.
The concert will be Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 2pm in the Chartiers Valley High School Auditorium. Tickets will be available at the door ($5 per ticket). Directors may identify themselves to those selling tickets to receive complimentary tickets. A CD will be available for purchase. Orders may be placed before or after the concert for the CD. Students and parents will not be permitted to record the concert.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns either by email or phone.
PMEA Honors Orchestra Host
Chartiers Valley High School
50 Thoms Run Road
Bridgeville, PA 15017
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The District 1 Executive Board is pleased to welcome 4 new members beginning with the 2014 school year:
John Seybert, Seton Hill University -
Higher Ed Professional Development Representative
Katelyn Panza, Pine-Richland School District -
High School Professional Development Representative
Rie Lauver, Baldwin-Whitehall School District -
Elementary Professional Development Representative
Stephanie Glover, Bethel Park School District -
Thank you to outgoing officers
Kathleen Campbell (Higher Ed),
Mairi Cooper (High School), and
Lee Rickard (Festival Coordinator)
for their years of service to PMEA District 1.
Members of District 1,
We are saddened to share the following news of the unexpected passing of Ron DePascale. Ron was a member of our District 1 Board (serving as the Elementary Professional Development Rep for the past 7 years). We extend our sympathy to his wife and family.
Ronald F. DePascale
Age 59, of Kennedy Twp., unexpectedly on June 25, 2014. Beloved husband of Gigi (Sommers); Devoted brother of Vince DePascale; Cherished uncle of Julia, Teresa, Vinnie DePascale, Terrill, Christian, and Sam Dines; Loving brother-in-law of Ruthie Dines. Ron was always involved in many music functions and various organizations. He served as an officer in the P.M.E.A., director of the Ohio Valley Community Band and longtime band director and music teacher for Sto-Rox High School, Montour High School and David E. Williams Middle School. He taught for over 20 years with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. Family will receive friends on FRIDAY from 2-4 and 6-8PM at McDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME, INC. 334 Forest Grove Rd., Kennedy Twp., where prayers will be offered SATURDAY at 9:00AM, followed by Mass of Christian Burial in St. John of God Parish, St. Mary's Church at 9:30AM. In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to Focus On Renewal, 701 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks, PA 15136
As everyone prepares for summer, we wanted to give you a heads up to some changes for next year's District Chorus. Bethel Park HS will be hosting the festival in January, and Maggie Sisson has agreed to co-host the festival with me.
The most important change, however, is the dates of the festival. The dates of District Chorus will be Wed.-Fri January 14-16, 2015. This is one week earlier than the original calendar had for the festival. The corrected dates will be updated on the District 1 website shortly.
There will be an email going out to all PMEA directors shortly as well, but we wanted to contact everyone who attended Districts last year so we cover all bases as much as possible.
Also, we will be hosting the auditions here at Bethel Park in November as originally scheduled for November 24th. So, both auditions and the festival will be at the same location.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Have a good and restful summer, and we'll see you in the fall!
Todd Kuczawa, co-host
Maggie Sisson, co-host
The Spring/Summer 2014 issue of the District 1 newsletter has been posted under the NEWSLETTER tab. Included in the issue is the updated audition music list as well as the most current future festival list.
Congratulations to this year's District 1 scholarship recipients:
Charles Croskey, Pine-Richland High School
PMEA May Update
Welcome to May - and finally some warmer weather! Many quickly approaching deadlines are highlighted below so be sure to check them out before it's too late!
PMEA May Update
In This Issue
NAfME Performance Opportunities
2015 PMEA Conference Information
2014 PMEA Summer Conference Info
All-Eastern Honors Ensembles & Conference Info
All-State Guest Conductor Nominations
PMEA Leadership Academy
2015 PMEA Composition Program
NAfME Collegiate Advocacy Summit & Hill Day
NAfME Performance Opportunities - Deadline May 16
The U.S. Army All-American Marching Band will perform January 3, 2015 at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. This is an all-expenses paid trip for students who excel in marching and academics. Application Deadline has been extended to this Friday May 16. Eligibility and Additional Information.
The All-National Honor Ensembles will perform October 29 at the 2014 NAfME National In-Service Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Application Deadline is this Friday May 16. *Please note there is a $30 application fee. Eligibility and Additional Information.
Session Proposal and Performing Group Apps for 2015 PMEA Conference Due Friday, May 30
PMEA is currently accepting Session Proposals, Corporate Sponsor Session Proposals and Performing Group Applications for the 2015 PMEA Annual Conference, March 26-28. The deadline to submit proposals and performing group applications is Friday, May 30.
Please see the Annual Conference section of the website under the Conferences and Events menu option for Complete Information. *Please note that there is a $15 performing group application fee per application submitted.
*If you haven't already done so, please be sure to complete the 2014 PMEA Annual Conference Survey, even if you weren't able to attend this year, as your responses are greatly appreciated and used in planning future conferences.
2014 PMEA Summer Conference Information
Mark your calendars now for the 2014 PMEA Summer Conference to be held Thursday, July 17 and Friday, July 18 at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg-Hershey in Grantville (right off of I-81, exit 80). This year's event will feature keynote speaker Scott Shuler who will share on assessment and the new standards, set to be released in June. Breakouts will be offered in a variety of areas, many of which will include an assessment component, including Instrumental Music - band & strings, Choral, Classroom Music, Teaching Students with Special Needs and Technology in the music classroom.
The summer conference will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday and conclude around Noon on Friday. A tentative schedule will soon be available. Act 48 hours will be available, however the total number will depend on the specific sessions attended (up to a maximum of approximately 9 or 10 hours).Online Registration is available by selecting the "Online Registration" link from the Conferences and Events menu option. A printable form can also be found in the Summer Conference section of the PMEA website under the Conferences and Events menu option.
All-Eastern Honors Ensembles & Conference Information
The All-Eastern Honors Ensemble Online Application, Instructions and Information for the 2015 NAfME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles, taking place April 9-12 in Providence, Rhode Island, are now available.
To access the Online Application, login with your PMEA/NAfME membership number and your first name - all lower case. Be sure to print two copies of the online application, once completed. Keep one copy for your records and mail the second copy, along with the $15 application fee, to: PMEA, All-Eastern Application, 56 S. Third St., Hamburg, PA 19526 - postmarked by Monday, June 10. Deadline to submit the online application is Friday, June 6.
The Eastern Division is also currently accepting Session Proposals and Performing Group applications for the conference portion of the event. More Information can be found on the Eastern Division Conference website. Deadline to apply: June 1.
All-State Guest Conductor Nominations
PMEA is currently accepting nominations for future All-State conductors. The Online Nomination should include a short bio and resume of the conductor with experience in conducting students of this age level and All-State caliber. Conductor nominations are especially appreciated in the areas of chorus, orchestra and vocal jazz.
Any PMEA member may nominate a potential All-State conductor however we do ask that you have observed the conductor and include a short affirmation as to why he/she is being nominated. Please complete the Online Nomination Form by Monday, June 30, 2014.
PMEA Looking for its Future Leaders
PMEA is currently accepting Applications for the 2014-15 PMEA Leadership Academy. This program will begin at the 2014 PMEA Summer Conference (July 17-18 at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg-Hershey), includes four written assignments with conference calls through the year and will conclude at the 2015 PMEA Annual Conference, March 26-28 in Hershey. Please see the Leadership Academy section of the PMEA website (under Conferences & Events) for more information. Application Deadline: Monday, June 16.
2015 PMEA Composition Program Information
PMEA is pleased to announce it will once again sponsor a composition program for students of PMEA Members, PCMEA members and, new this year, PMEA members. This program is held in conjunction with the 2015 PMEA Annual Conference, March 26-28 at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center. Complete Information including rules by program level and the application can be found in the PMEA Composition Program section of the website under the Conferences & Events menu option.
NAfME Collegiate Advocacy Summit & Hill Day
The NAfME Collegiate Advocacy Summit and Hill Day will take place June 26-28, 2014 in the Washington D.C. area. Registration is $100, which includes all the activities (bus transportation, training, materials) and four meals for Thursday evening-Saturday afternoon.
The Registration Site for the Collegiate Advocacy Summit is up and ready to go. All of the information is also posted there as well.
Improvisation will be taken from the
Jamey Aebersold Vol. 2 “Nothing But the Blues,”
Track 5 Fast B-Flat Blues.
The following etudes from the Jazz Conception by Jim Snidero
will be used for all instruments except drum set:
2014 Friends (Altos use Passage)
Bass Guitar—Use the Bass Lines book
Piano—Use regular not comping book
Bass Trombone—Use Bass Trombone book
Play written part for Intro & Chorus 1 and changes only for Chorus 2.
Drums should be prepared to trade fours in any style as defined in Essential Elements book p. 27
Vibes should audition using the piano book.
Dear Choir Teachers:
Angie Berna Milliren and I are excited to be the hosts of next year's PMEA District 1 Honors Choir Festival. The dates of the festival are October 24 & 25, 2014.
We are VERY excited to announce that our conductors for the festival are Chris Kiver from Penn State University and Peggy Detwiller from Mansfield University. Angie and I have both spoken to Chris and Peggy and they are really looking forward to working with our students.
We are hoping that you consider bringing your students to auditions for this festival. I'm sure this will be a great experience for the students.
To help the students prepare for the auditions, we have posted audition files on Angie's website. You will also find a PDF file of the music. Please remember that this is for practice purposes ONLY. All students auditioning MUST have an original copy of music.
The address to the rehearsal files is: http://www.efsd.netwebpages/amilliren/pmead1.cfm
Just think how prepared your students will be for auditions if you give them this info NOW so they can work over the summer break!
If you have any questions, please contact me or Angie at your convenience.
Michael and Angie :)
Belle Vernon Area High School
425 Crest Ave.
Belle Vernon, PA 15012
724-808-2500 ext. 2171