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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 had a restful and rejuvenating summer and that you have begun a promising new school year.
In July, we had our annual summer PMEA Executive Board Meeting. The outcomes of that meeting included: approval of Abi Young as the next PMEA Executive Director, approval of the 2016 State Budget which included a proposal regarding the postage expenses at the state level on behalf of each district which will be discussed at the January 2016 board meeting, a proposal to have an conference call to vote upon the reformatting of the current PMEA By-Laws, and the election of a nominating committee for candidates for state positions for 2017-2019. The following items were discussed: the update of the model curriculum committee, the governance task force recommendations and the course of action, strategic plan update, retiree registry, the continuation of the State Jazz Scholarship, and the SEC list of proposals. This meeting was followed-up with an Executive Board electronic vote on the following items: PMEA By-laws reformat, student code of conduct changes, new cancellation policy for region and state festivals, All-State Jazz proposed audition changes including commissioning the composition of new lead excerpts, the continuation of the All-State Vocal Jazz ensemble, the continuation of the Future Educators Honors Symposium Program. Announcements were made regarding the hiring of Josh Gibson as the PMEA Director of Member Engagement, the 2016 summer conference, and PMEA being the recipient of the 2015 NAfME Excellence in Advocacy Award. This award is given to one state each year that has proven leadership and work in the world of advocacy. The actual award is a flag flown above the United States Capitol. The results of these meetings will be listed within the newsletter.
In July, many of our D7 Executive Board and D7 members attended the summer conference which was entitled C.S.I. PMEA Style-Curriculum, Standards and instruction. The sessions were full of information and inspiration. I would highly recommend that you consider attending this conference on July 12-13, 2016 at Seven Springs Resort. We also had candidates attend the PMEA Leadership Academy which is held in conjunction to the summer conference. I also would recommend considering participating in this program.
The District 7 Executive Committee has had a busy summer planning for the upcoming school year. We met numerous times planning for the upcoming PDD in October at Lower Dauphin Middle School. The officers also met in July to discuss the concerns from the May Executive Board Meeting as well as to plan for the future.
At the current time, District 7 has all of its district festivals, region festivals, and fests hosted for the upcoming school year. Please check the D7 website as well as the PMEA website frequently for updates, dates, and details regarding these events as well as the auditions for festivals. We also will be serving as the host for the PMEA Annual In-service Conference and All-State Festivals in Hershey this year. At the current time, we have the majority of the All-State ensembles hosted. Carrie Chapman Catt said, “Service to a just cause rewards the worker with more real happiness and satisfaction than any other venture of life.” We greatly appreciate all of the efforts, time, and service of all of our hosts and chairs on our behalf and for the benefit of our students throughout the year.
I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Aaron Magaro for his work, time and talent in serving on the D7 board as the Publicity/MISOM Chair. We extend best wishes for success in his new teaching position in the Oley Valley School District in PMEA D10. Aaron will be missed by D7.
I had another opportunity to watch various educators working with students or teachers in various settings this past summer. I appreciated the differences in approaches and styles as well the quick “thinking on their feet” to adapt to the level or abilities of the group that they were working with. I certainly learned some new “tricks of the trade” from these experiences. In reflecting on these experiences, it reminded me of two things: 1. you are never too old to learn something new and 2. some of best resources are colleagues “in the trenches”. I would encourage you to network with colleagues and to share ideas, techniques, and tips that you have accumulated through your experiences as District 7 is a strong PMEA District due to the quality of the music educators working in Central Pennsylvania. Mattie Stepanek said, “Unity is strength…when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” An African Proverb that describes the benefit of learning from each other and sharing with each other is: If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
As you begin a new school year, I would encourage you to start each day as stated in this verse or quote by Marsha Petrie Sue is:
Every day is a new beginning.
Treat it that way.
Stay away from
What might have been
And look at
What can be.
May you learn from the past, enjoy the gift of the present, and plan and hope for a bright future for you and your students. Best wishes phenomenal year.
PMEA D7 President
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Executive Board Chairpersons
Band/Orchestra Auditions: Keith Gromis
Band/Orchestra Repertoire: Matt Barr
Band/Orchestra Audition Host: Keith Gromis
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 and MIOSM Chair: OPEN
PCMEA Representative: Chelsea Ferraro
Special Learners Chair: Andrew Vensel
Retired Music Educators Chair: Dave Rohrer
Festival Coordinator: Marie Weber
Fest Coordinator: Sam Fisher
Technology Chair: Nick Curry
Webmaster: Nikki Metzler
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