• Oct. 18, 2021


    Musicians selected for PMEA district festivals

    PMEA District OrchestraSeveral Upper St. Clair High School musicians were recently selected by competitive audition to participate at upcoming Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 1 band and orchestra festivals.

    The PMEA District 1 Honors Orchestra Festival will be held Nov. 20-21 at Fox Chapel Area and Bethel Park high schools. The following Upper St. Clair students were selected to participate:

    • Rumaysa Alam, Viola
    • Leona Chen, Violin II
    • Sophie Chen, Violin II
    • Miriam Gutensohn, Violin I 
    • Joe Phillips, Cello
    • Isabella Zhang, Violin II

    The PMEA District 1 Honors Band Festival is set for Nov. 19-21 at North Hills High School. Participants from Upper St. Clair include:

    • Phoebe Chen, Flute I
    • Lauren Tenney, Clarinet II
    • Leah Henning, Clarinet III
    • Susan Liu, Clarinet Alternate 
    • Gabe Pacella, Trumpet II
    • Ben Wasson, Bass Trombone 

    The PMEA District 1 Band – West Festival is slated for Jan. 27-29, 2022, at Duquesne University. Upper St. Clair musicians include:

    • Phoebe Chen, Flute 
    • Eleanor Alford, Oboe 
    • Lauren Tenney, Clarinet II
    • Leah Henning, Clarinet II
    • Susan Liu, Clarinet II 
    • Gabe Pacella, Trumpet II
    • Ben Wasson, Bass Trombone (Trombone III) 

    PMEA District 1 includes school districts from Allegheny, Fayette, Green, Washington and Westmorland counties. PMEA Region 1 is comprised of PMEA District 1 and District 5, which includes Beaver, Butler, Lawrence and Mercer counties.

    PMEA is a statewide nonprofit organization of more than 4,500 members, dedicated to promoting the musical development of all Pennsylvanians. The organization promotes and supports quality music education, learning and performance as well as promoting and supporting music education in schools and communities. PMEA is affiliated with The National Association for Music Education.