Honesdale High School students had the chance to show off their musical chops at various festivals presented by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PEMA).
This year, Honesdale High School had 13 students, musicians and singers alike attend their respective PMEA's District Chorus, Band and Orchestra events, held on Jan. 11-13, Feb. 8-10 and Jan 25-27 respectively.
The list of musicians and vocalists includes Lindsay Daub, Emily DeCrotie, Angelea Francesco, Kirsten Gager, Kalah Gries, Katie Matlaga, Stephanie Matlaga, Drew Murphey, Kiersten Nordenhold, Madison Palmer, Jordan Pugh, Tessa Vendetti and Abbi Ward.
Of those 13, Emily DeCrotie, Stephanie Matlaga, Drew Murphey, Madison Palmer and Tessa Vendetti have all advanced to PMEA's Regional events.
In discussing her experiences with both District and Regional chorus, Emily DeCrotie said, “It's always nice to be around people that are so passionate about music and just want to learn more and to share their talents with everybody else.”
DeCrotie, a senior, has had the benefit of learning from her past experiences at PMEA festivals.
“I placed a lot better this year,” she said, explaining that she placed 3rd at preauditions, 2nd at Districts and 8th at Regionals.
In addition to the PMEA festivals, DeCrotie also participated in the Marywood Wind Band Celebration.
DeCrotie plans to continue her musical career by studying music education in college.
With her exceptional skills on the clarinet, junior Tessa Vendetti participated in District Band and Orchestra, and will move on to Regional Band at the end of March.
A veteran participant, Vendetti described her time at the festivals this year as “really fantastic experiences.”
She especially enjoyed playing a Bizet piece at District Orchestra, though when asked about a favorite selection she stated “it’s really hard to choose when there’s a lot of music.”
Vendetti is excited to for her upcoming performance at Regional Band and is looking forward to the PMEA festivals next year as well.
She plans to eventually go into music performance as a career.
Abbi Ward played trombone in PMEA District Band and the Marywood Honor’s Band, the latter being her induction into the realm of music festivals. “It was really fun to be in an atmosphere where everybody cared about what they were doing,” she said, adding, “it was definitely an experience that I want to do again.”
Ward hoped to study music education and offer private music lessons in the future.
A flutist in District and Regional Band for two years, Stephanie Matlaga said her favorite piece was Variations on a Korean Folk Song.
“It was challenging and it was difficult but it was fun to play with such an experienced group,” she said.
One of the things that made the experience great for Matlaga was the sense of community that comes with returning to festivals year after year.
“This festival was a lot shorter than in the past because of weather, but I still thought it was so much fun.” Matlaga hopes to play in a wind ensemble while attending college to become a pediatrician.
In reflecting on her PMEA experiences, Wayne Highlands Choral Director Martha Curtis said, “We’re always very proud of the kids and their accomplishments because they work hard on their own and they have to be devoted outside of school.”
Curtis elaborated on the potency of their focus and drive to perform, mentioning that most of the PMEA participants perform in numerous festivals in and out of school.
Wayne Highlands Instrumental Music Instructor Betty Ann Robson described the experience as “rewarding, not just for our students but for us who get to watch them grow as a musician.”
“What they learn at festivals then, they bring back to our groups here at the high school and help our groups to grow too.”
Article Courtesy of The Wayne Independent
By David Mazzenga
District 12 News
2018-2019 teacher grantsPosted: February 27, 2018 - 2:00 p.m.
This year PMEA District 12 will be offering to its membership, grants ranging in awards up to $1,000.00 each (a total of $3,000.00 will be awarded this year) to help fund a special projects, materials, instruments in your classroom that you may not be able to fund through your school budget. Applications should be mailed or emailed (firstname.lastname@example.org) to Craig Snyder by March 31, 2018. GRANTS WILL BE AWARDED BY June 9, 2018. Click here to download the application.
District 12 scholarshipsPosted: January 31, 2018 - 1:00 p.m.
The online scholarship application will be available until April 27, 2018. Online applications must be complete prior to midnight on April 27, 2018 and materials must be mailed by May 6, 2018. Please note that a complete application consists of: 1) completing the online form and 2) Mailing, to the scholarship committee chair: a copy of the completed online form, letters of recommendation (2), high school transcripts, and music education major acceptance letter from the college or university you will attend. Click here for the online application.
High school festival online formsPosted: November 16, 2017 - 9:30 p.m.
Directors and participants in the 2018 District 12 Festivals can find links to the online registration forms on the festival pages. Shortcuts to those pages below:
2017-2018 high school festival audition solo listPosted: May 27, 2017 - 11:00 a.m.
The solo list for 2017-2018 high school festival auditions has been posted. Click here to download the list. (The list was corrected and reposted on June 4, 2017.) Further information, along with a PDF of the Brahms Waldesnacht, can be found on the High School Auditions page.
Festival host rotationPosted: June 2, 2016 - 10:30 a.m.
A host rotation list has been posted for high school festivals through 2022. Click here to download the list (Updated June 2016).
About PMEA District 12
Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) is an affiliate of the nearly 80,000 member National Association for Music Education (NAfME). PMEA is a service organization to music education in the Commonwealth. The membership includes those engaged in music instruction at all levels, from preschool through college and university, retired educators, as well as those in the music industry. In addition, students enrolled in music education may participate in collegiate chapters and secondary students may participate in Tri-M Honor Society. PMEA provides leadership in professional growth and offers special opportunities for musical development to school students. PMEA District 12 serves the music educators and students of Philadelphia, Delaware and Chester counties.