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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!
I hope that you are reflecting on successful and musically rewarding year. Hopefully, you are concluding the year on a “high note” and preparing for a summer full of rejuvenation, relaxation, rest, and some fun.
District 7 had an extremely outstanding and musically exciting fest and festival season. It has been said, “Our good works are like stones cast into the pool of time; though the stones themselves may disappear, their ripples extend to eternity.” “You must work - we must all work to make the world worthy of its children” is credited to the famous ‘cellist, Pablo Casals. “There is no better investment of time and money that in the life of a child. They are the future.” was said by Alma Powell. I wish to thank the following hosts who volunteered their time and services to provide meaningful musical opportunities for our students (and future): Jamie Bowman (Gettysburg Area School District), Dave Wenard (Chambersburg Area School District), Brandon Nase and Jared Daubert (Conestoga Valley School District), Jessica Mitchell (Lebanon School District), Christopher Campbell (Cornwall-Lebanon School District), Brandon Bitner (Central Dauphin School District), David Diehl (Dallastown Area School District), Melody Cliff and Greg Hutchison (Lower Dauphin School District), Brent Fisher (Cumberland Valley School District), Dale Sellers (Donegal School District), Rob Spence (Elizabethtown College), Leslie Rauchut and Shawn Small (Cornwall-Lebanon School District), Jay Althouse ( Southern York County School District), Alyson Balascik (Greencastle-Antrim School District), and Shenna Shirk (Manheim Central School District).
Congratulations to many of our District 7 members who received awards at the PMEA Annual Conference in Hershey: Tom Strohman, Aaron Magaro, and Carl Barr. PMEA District 7 has worked closely with PADESTA in planning our annual Professional Development Day. In light of this association, some of our District 7 members were recognized at the PADESTA meeting during the conference: Amanda Narehood - Distinguished Service Award, Dalinda Bohr - Director of the Award , Lisa Young - Outstanding New String/Orchestra Teacher Award, and Brenda Covelens - Outstanding String Teacher.
Congratulations to Diane Maclay who received the Rodney Miller Distinguished Service Award at the PMEA D7 Youth String Fest. Congratulations, also, to David Rohrer who will be receiving the award at a function/event of his choosing.
Finally, congratulations and best wishes to the recipients of the PMEA District 7 Music Education Scholarships. The students’ names will be announced in the near future.
Please consider attending the PMEA Summer Conference that is occurring in District 7 on Tuesday, July 14 and Wednesday and July 15 at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg East (4751 Lindle Rd, Harrisburg, PA 17111). This excellent professional development opportunity will feature Johanna Seibert, Dir. of Fine Arts, Webster Central SD, NY, who will cover topics including assessment and the standards in her keynote and breakout presentations. Breakouts will also be available in a variety of areas including instrumental and choral music, classroom music, music technology and curriculum and assessment. Registration is just $50 and includes all sessions, meals and breaks. Approximately eight hours of Act 48 credits will be available. Online registration is available via the PMEA website,
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.
An article that appeared in the Tampa Bay Times May 22nd, 2015 edition entitled 'Mythbusters' star: Bring back band, shop class if you want better test scores' written by Sharon Kennedy Wynne is worth reading and an advocacy piece. I would suggest that you read it if you haven’t already.
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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