Shaler Area is proud to announce seven Shaler Area High School students were accepted into Pennsylvania Music Educators Association honors ensembles.
Jonathan Zang — PMEA Honors Orchestra
Junior Jonathan Zang, a cellist, was accepted into the PMEA Honors Orchestra. Auditions were held in September at Fox Chapel High School, and Jonathan was one of 18 cellists accepted into the orchestra out of close to 50 who auditioned.
The PMEA Honors Orchestra will rehearse on November 16 and 17 at Fox Chapel High School with the concert being performed on November 17 at 4 p.m. The guest conductor will be Octavio Mas-Arocas. He is the Music Director and Conductor of the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra in Ohio, the Director of Orchestras at Ithaca College in New York, Conductor-in-Residence at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and conductor of the Interlochen Philharmonic at eh Interlochen Arts Camp.
Luke Franks — PMEA Honors Band
Junior Luke Franks, who plays the trumpet, was accepted into the PMEA Honors Band. Luke Franks is one of more than 500 students from 60 different schools who auditioned for the ensemble. These students will rehearse with a world-renowned conductor on November 22-24, 2019 at North Hills High School and Bethel Park High School. The performance will be held on Sunday, November 24, 2019.
Kelsey Marshall, Alex Almonte, Caroline Clontz, Sonny DeMasi, and Jenn Hinerman — PMEA Honors Chorus
Five students were accepted into the PMEA Honors Chorus. These students were selected based on their level of musicianship, involvement in the vocal arts, and level of vocal talent.
Alex Almonte, a senior
Caroline Clontz, a senior
Sonny DeMasi, a junior
Jenn Hinerman, a senior
Kelsey Marshall, a senior
The students will rehearse with guest conductors and perform in the PMEA District 1 Honors Chorus festival held at Waynesburg Central High School on October 18 & 18, 2019. This festival is comprised of students from 54 districts in Allegheny, Washington, Westmoreland, Greene, and Fayette County.