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In addition, students enrolled in music education may participate in collegiate chapters and secondary students may participate in Tri-M Honor Society. PMEA District 7 provides leadership in professional growth and offers special opportunities for musical development to school students.
PMEA District 7 strives to attain the highest level of excellence in teaching and performance through a philosophy that embraces continuous improvement and integration of the National Standards for Music Education, as well as the PA State Standards for the Arts and Humanities.
We achieve this mission by:
- Constantly promoting the musical development of all residents of District 7.
- Actively advocating for quality music education for all residents of District 7.
- Fostering and reinforcing music education as a life time activity.
- Supporting the changing professional needs of our members.
- Creating and nurturing an environment that holds music to be a basic element of education for all students and a basic necessity of life for all humans.
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Marie C. Weber
Greetings to my PMEA Colleagues! Happy New Year! I hope that you are reflecting on successful, exciting, and dynamic musical performances and classes during the first semester. The new year brings a flurry of exhilarating, interesting, and impressive activities for PMEA. I hope that you are anticipating an energizing second semester full of rewarding experiences for you and your students.
“Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself.” ~ Andrew Carnegie
“Control your own destiny or someone else will.” ~ Jack Welch
District 7 will be holding its annual election in March for new representatives. The positions for which you have the opportunity to express your voice will be Elementary School Curriculum and Instruction. As with the state election, I encourage you to take an active part in voting opportunities whether it is for officers or changes of policies. Your voice is very important to determine the direction of our district.
January marks the beginning of festival season. I wish to thank all of the hosts who volunteered their time and services to provide meaningful musical opportunities for our outstanding musicians. Please check the calendar on this website and show your support of our students and colleagues by attending a festival or fest concert in the upcoming months.
In addition, District 7 welcomes the PMEA Annual In-service Conference and All-State Festivals which will be held in Hershey for the next two years. Benjamin Disraeli said, “The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when he comes.” Additionally, several directors were presented the opportunity to serve as hosts for the All-State Festival Ensembles. Kudos to Greg Woodbridge, Melody Cliff, Greg Hutchison, Dale Sellers, Brent Fisher, Brandon Bitner, and Rob Spence for their spirit of professional volunteerism and for accepting this opportunity.
Congratulations to the performing ensembles will be representing District 7 at the PMEA Conference.
- Hershey Symphony Festival Strings (which has many D7 students), Dr. Sandra Dackow, director
- Susquenita West Side Singers, Charles Bateman, director
- Hershey High School Cantabile, Joseph Farrell, director
- Messiah College Concert Choir, Linda L. Tedford, director
- Dallastown Area Middle School Concert Choir, Justin C. Buer, director
Additionally, Eric Griffith, Chris Ritter, Joe Nebistinsky, Michael Checco, Carl Barr, Dalinda Bohr, Amanda Narehood, Stephen Goss, Michael Slechta, and Catherine Kaslusky who are District 7 members who will be presenting sessions at the conference.
During the Saturday of the Conference at the breakfast (which is included in the registration for the conference), Citation of Excellence Recipients will be honored. This year’s Citation Award for District 7 will be presented to Tom Strohman from Lebanon Valley College. We congratulate Tom for teaching students the love of music, the creative processes involved in jazz, and the joy of musical performance at LVC and throughout District 7 for many years. Please plan to attend the breakfast to recognize and congratulate this wonderful educator.
District 7 recently recognized Diane Maclay with the Rodney Miller Distinguished Service Award. We thank Diane for sharing her wisdom, insight and expertise with District 7 as well as a distinguished career of outstanding service and teaching students. This Award will be presented at the Elementary Songfest.
We also encourage you to get involved as an officer, committee chairperson, host, or volunteer. Feel free to contact myself or any of the District 7 officers if you wish to share your time and talents with your colleagues.
We also congratulate the District 7 students who have excelled and who have been selected for the 2014 NAfME Honors Ensembles, 2015 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, and the 2015 NAfME Eastern Division Honors Ensemble.
I would like to thank all of the D7 officers and D7 executive board members for their work, time, and talents that they generously share. I would also like to express gratitude to the fest and festival hosts who have provided or will provide excellent musical experiences for our students. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does,” is a quote by William James. All of the fore mentioned individuals are making a difference and continuing the tradition of excellence in District 7. I wish you all the best in all of your musical endeavors. Celebrate your students’ accomplishments as Mr. Rodgers said, “The media shows the tiniest percentage of what people do. There are millions and millions of people doing wonderful things all over the world, and they’re generally not the ones being touted in the news.”
Marie C. Weber
PMEA District 7 President
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Executive Board Chairpersons
Band/Orchestra Auditions: David Fair
Band/Orchestra Repertoire: Matt Barr
Band/Orchestra Audition Host: James Dougert
Chorus Audition Chair: Tim Sterner
Chorus Audition Host: Mark Zortman
Chorus Accompanist Chair: Tim Sterner
Chorus CD Chair: Dr. Alan Mudrick
Jazz Audition Chair: George Bradshaw
Jazz Audition Host: Jim Martini
Advocacy Chair: Mike and Mary Checco
Public Relations Chair: Aaron Magaro
Special Learners Chair: OPEN
Retired Music Educators Chair: Dave Rohrer
Festival Coordinator: Diane Maclay
Fest Coordinator: Greg Hutchison
Technology Chair: Nick Curry
Webmaster: Nikki Metzler
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