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PMEA Honors (updated 01.20.23)

Mars Area High School orchestra members Kole Yingling, Madelyn Ostapchenko, Meghan Smith, Ian Fuechslin, Kara Sims and (not pictured) Andrew Nelson were selected to perform at the PMEA District Orchestra Festival.Six members of Mars Area High School Band were selected by solo audition for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District Orchestra Festival, to be held Jan. 26-28 at Brookville Junior/Senior High School (Brookville, Pa.). 

Students are seniors Ian Fuechslin (oboe), Andrew Nelson (bassoon), Madelyn Ostapchenko (flute) and Kole Yingling (string bass); junior Meghan Smith (clarinet); and sophomore Kara Sims (violin). David Anderson, Johnstown Youth Symphony Orchestra conductor and University of Pittsburgh music professor, will serve as guest conductor.

The event will conclude with a public concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28, at Brookville Junior/Senior High School. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

For more information, visit www.pmea5advocate.com.

PMEA Junior High Chorus Festival

Mars Area High School ninth-graders Aubree Machi, Kiara Van Wyk and Elizabeth Kelly and Mars Area Middle School eight-graders (below, from left) Alayna Renton, Emma Ladesic, Jenna Smith, Claire Norris, Elaina Riegler and Zoe Lutzic were selected to perform at the PMEA Junior High District Chorus Festival.Several members of Mars Area High School and Mars Area Middle School Chorus were selected to perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Junior High Chorus Festival, to be held on Friday, Jan. 20, at Seneca Valley Intermediate High School.

Ninth-graders Elizabeth Kelly, Aubree Machi and Kiara Van Wyk will join the Ninth Grade Chorus, under the direction of guest conductor Rob Dietz, founding co-director of the A Cappella Academy and an arranger and group coach on NBC’s The Sing-Off.

Eighth-graders Emma Ladesic, Zoe Lutzic, Claire Norris, Alayna Renton, Elaina Riegler and Jenna Smith will perform with the Seventh & Eighth Grade Chorus, under the direction of guest conductor Shannon McNulty, Marlborough High School (Mass.) choral director, National A Cappella Convention executive director, and a member of the Blacklight a cappella group.

The festival will be held in memory of the late Don Hixon, the former PMEA director who developed and implemented the District 5 Junior High Chorus Festival. Hixon, a Seneca Valley graduate, succumbed to cancer at age 44 in January 2022.

The event will conclude with a public concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, at Seneca Valley Intermediate High School. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

For more information, visit www.pmead5.com.

PMEA District Chorus Festival

Mars Area High School students Kole Yingling, Nicholas Ferrari, Miranda Gehm, Madalyn Gribble, Isabel Montes and Victoria Rojas were selected to join in the PMEA District  Chorus Festival.Several Mars Area High School students were selected by solo audition for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District Chorus Festival, to be held Jan. 11-13 at Seneca Valley Intermediate High School.

Students are seniors Madalyn Gribble (Alto 2), Victoria Rojas (Alto 2) and Kole Yingling (Bass 1); and juniors Nicholas Ferrari (Bass 2), Miranda Gehm (Soprano 1) and Isabela Montes (Alto 1). Dr. Ryan Beeken, Blaire County Concert Chorale artistic director and  Indiana University of Pennsylvania director of choral activities, will serve as guest conductor.

The festival will conclude with a public concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13, at Seneca Valley Intermediate High School. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

For more information, visit www.pmead5.com.

PMEA Honors Band Festival

Mars Area High School students (back row, from left) Sydney Denk, Madelyn Ostapchenko, Ian Fuechslin, Alex Vedernikov, Andrew Nelson, (front row) Alex Schumann, Meghan Smith, Jenny Morrison, Adriana Najjar, Carter Snyder and (not pictured) Ethan Musler were selected to join in the PMEA District 5 Honors Band Festival.Several Mars Area High School students were selected by solo audition for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 5 Honors Band Festival, to be held Dec. 8-10 at Westminster College.

Students are seniors Ian Fuechslin (second chair oboe), Ethan Musler (fifth chair tuba), Adriana Najjar (second chair flute), Andrew Nelson (first chair bassoon), Madelyn Ostapchenko (first chair flute) and Alex Vedernikov (11th chair trumpet); juniors Jenny Morrison (14th chair trumpet), Alex Schumann (French horn) and Meghan Smith (third chair clarinet); and freshmen Sydney Denk (fifth chair baritone BC) and Carter Snyder (sixth chair trombone). M. Gregory Martin, West Chester University  associate director of bands and music education professor, will serve as guest conductor.

The festival will conclude with a public concert at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at Westminster College. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

For more information, visit www.pmead5.com.

PMEA Honors Chorus Festival

Mars Area High School students Addison Nailler (alternate), Madalyn Gribble (alternate), Lauren Karg, Miranda Gehm, Isabela Montes and Victoria Rojas were selected to join in the PMEA District 5 Honors Chorus Festival.Several Mars Area High School students were selected by solo audition for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 5 Honors Chorus Festival, to be held Oct. 20-22 at Westminster College. 

Students are senior Victoria Rojas (Alto 2); junior Miranda Gehm (Soprano 1), junior Lauren Karg (Soprano 1) and junior Isabela Montes (Alto 1). Alternates are senior Madalyn Gribble (Alto 2) and sophomore Addison Nailler (Soprano 1). Daniel Jackson, Point Loma Nazarene University professor and music department char, will serve as guest conductor.

The festival will conclude with a public concert at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, at Westminster College. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

For more information, visit www.pmea5advocate.com.

PMEA Junior High Strings Festival 

Mars Area High School students (above) Sarah Buttyan, Caroline Martin, Hannah Wood, Peter Wells, Shayla Grabowski, Naeema Dheen, Anna McGrath and Theresa McGrath, and Mars Area Middle School students (below) Lila Schrecengost, Emily Chadwick, Natalie Hagen, Olivia Fisher, Nate Deemer, Matthew Wilczynski and (not pictured) Alayna Renton were selected to perform at PMEA Junior High Strings FestivalNumerous Mars Area High School and Mars Area Middle School students were selected by solo audition for Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Junior High Strings Festival, to be held on Thursday, Nov. 3, at Beaver Area High School.

Students are freshman Sarah Buttyan, Naeema Dheen, Shayla Grabowski, Caroline Martin, Anna McGrath, Theresa McGrath, Hannah Wood and Peter Wells; eighth-graders Nate Deemer, Alayna Renton and Lila Schrecengost; and, seventh-graders Emily Chadwick, Olivia Fisher, Natalie Hagen and Matthew Wilczynski. Dr. Jeffrey Tedford, Grove City College music department chair and director of orchestral activities, will serve as guest conductor.

The festival will conclude with a public concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, at Beaver Area High School. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

For more information, visit www.pmead5.com.