Results from last night's Honors String Orchestra auditions are posted in the members-only section. The password was communicated to directors at the meeting. Please do not share it with students.
Dear Fellow PMEA members;
The annual District 1 Honor’s Jazz Festival will be held at Shady Side Academy in Fox Chapel December 12 - 13. We are excited that Daniel May, will be the primary conductor. The concert will be on Saturday afternoon December 13 at 3:30 in the Hillman Center for Performing Arts on the Shady Side campus.
The audition date is September 29. Please plan to arrive in to the Hillman Center for the Arts between 3 and 4 PM. The lower entrance is best because you can park there. The director’s meeting will be at 4:00. Be mindful that you or a PMEA representative from the district must attend the auditions. Please notify your students who plan to audition that they must plan to attend the whole festival.
The audition music is posted in the District one newsletter. If you need that information you can go to the web site or call me for clarification.
Your PMEA dues must be up to date. Please have your card with you at the audition. We look forward to welcoming your talented students to SSA and having you on campus. Directions are attached. Thanks for joining us.
This is the link to directions
To view information regarding the upcoming Honors Band festival, please refer to this site provided by host Jeff Kesser:
Dear Choir Director,
Welcome back. We hope that the upcoming year will be a memorable one for you and your students. We are very excited that the Belle Vernon Area and Elizabeth Forward School Districts will serve as the co-hosts for the 2014 PMEA District 1 Honors Choir Festival. Please read the following information carefully regarding the Festival and auditions. In order for your students to participate, you must be an active member of PMEA with current dues paid in full.
The festival will be held at Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center in Greensburg, PA on Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25 with the final performance at 2:00PM on Saturday afternoon. We will continue to follow the same structure as in the past few years with two separate choirs; an Honors Women's Choir and an Honors Men's Choir. The guest conductors for the Festival will be Dr. Peggy Dettwiler, director of choirs at Mansfield University conducting the Honors Women's Choir and Dr. Christopher Kiver, director of choirs at Penn State University conducting the Honors Men's Choir. Both conductors are well respected in the choral community and we look forward to seeing them work with all of our students.
Please note the following PMEA District 1 Honors Choir AUDITION information:
Date: Monday, September 22, 2014
Location: South Fayette High School
3640 Old Oakdale Road
McDonald, PA 15057
Registration: 3:00-4:30 pm in the theatre lobby
Director's Meeting: 4:30 pm in the choral room
Auditions: 5:00 pm
Cost: $5.00 per student due at registration
**PMEA MEMBERSHIP CARD AND DIRECTOR FESTIVAL FORM REQUIRED @ REGISTRATION
AUDITION PIECE: Exsultate Deo by Allessandro Scarlatti edited by Norman Greyson, SATB, Bourne Co., Inc.
REHEARSAL TRACK: Available on-line compliments of Angie Berna Milliren. To access go to: http://www.efsd.net/webpages/amilliren/pmead1.cfm Questions? Email Angie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FORMS FOR FESTIVAL: All forms and further communication will be made available on our google drive. Please forward all emails with festival question or concerns to email@example.com
Audition registration will begin at 3:00PM, the director meeting will begin at 4:30PM and auditions will begin promptly at 5:00PM. Students should report to the theatre and directors may report to the choral room, where food and beverages will be provided (Directors are asked to pay $5.00 each to offset the cost of the food). Students may purchase food at the theatre reception booth.
Please take a few moments to email Chris Elek (firstname.lastname@example.org) the following information by Wednesday, September 10, so that she may better prepare for the auditions:
If you have any questions or concerns regarding auditions, please contact Chris by email: email@example.com, or phone: (412) 221-4542, ext. 694. Any questions or concerns regarding the festival should be directed to Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org or Angie at email@example.com.
A few quick reminders about auditions:
Angie Berna Milliren
Hello District 1 Membership!
I hope the beginning of the school year has proven to be rewarding and that a sense of calm and normalcy have begun to set in. For those of you who are new PMEA members or new teachers, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Emily Wardle and I am an elementary general music teacher in the Washington School District. I am your District 1 Music Advocacy Representative and am here as a resource, support point person, and help center for you.
I will be sending out bimonthly e-newsletters that provide hands-on Advocacy tips and suggestions, and am always available at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to see past "Conducting Advocacy" newsletters, please look to http://district1.pmea.net/advocacy. If you need anything or catch word of musical movement that would be beneficial for the D1 membership or Executive Committee to know about, please contact me via my email address or through the District 1 Advocacy Tab.
I look forward to being in touch this school year and seeing you at various PMEA functions! Thank you!
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: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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