Community Happenings

To submit your community happenings announcement for consideration, please email details to Please send information at least two weeks in advance of the event.


New Susquehanna Chorale CD “Roots & Wings” Now Available

The nationally-acclaimed Susquehanna Chorale has
just released a studio recording featuring repertoire from its highly successful spring 2018 concert series titled “Roots & Wings.”  

“Roots & Wings” is available by calling the Chorale at 717.533.7859, or through the Chorale’s Web site, CDs are $18.

For more information, view the Roots & Wings CD Press Release.


Young Women Composers Camp

Our first camp in July of 2018 was a huge success: we hosted 18 girls from all over the country who composed a new work for the ATLYS string quartet, worked with guest composer Missy Mazzoli, visited the Sō Percussion Summer Institute at Princeton University, and participated in challenging coursework with Temple faculty. You can view our official camp video here:
Our 2019 camp dates are July 15–26, and our application opens today! Some highlights for this year:
  • We have introduced a Tech Track, intended for students who are interested in electronic music. Tech Track students will be dual-enrolled in the brand new SPLICE Academy, led by Adam Vidiksis, and will write a new piece for the SPLICE Ensemble (trumpet, percussion, piano, and electronics) that will be premiered and recorded during the camp. Students do not need experience working with electronics to apply.
  • We will hostguest composers Jennifer Higdon and Andrea Clearfield, who will each visit the camp for a day, and Elainie Lillios, who will be in residence for the full two weeks.
  • Our ensemble-in-residence is comprised of Philadelphia Orchestra members Yumi Kendall (cello), Erica Peel (flute), and pianist Hanchien Lee from the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Students enrolled in the Concert Track (traditional acoustic composition) will compose a new work during the camp, which will be premiered and recorded during the camp.
  • We will once again visit the Sō Percussion Summer Institute at Princeton University for a day, a camp favorite activity from last year!
Camp Hours: Weekdays from 9am–3:30pm.
Eligibility: Students who identify as female who are between the ages of 14–19 by July 1st, 2019.
Tuition: $700, which covers all materials and meals. Financial aid is available! Dorm housing additional cost.
There is NO COST to apply to this truly unique camp, and the application period lasts until March 15th. Please feel free to share this information and the attached promotional materials with anyone who may be interested in applying.

East Coast Band Conference

The tenth annual East Coast Band Conference will be on March 30, 2019. It will be hosted by the Ringgold Band in Reading, PA.
    The symposium, dedicated to band history and repertoire, will
consist of 30-minute talks from 9 a.m. until noon and after lunch an
open rehearsal of rare band works from 2 to 4 p.m.. Both events will take place at the Ringgold Band’s rehearsal room at 3539-A Freemont St., Laureldale, PA 19605. There is ample free parking at the site.  Members of the Ringgold Band, directed by Chuck Ebersole, will form the core of the players at the rehearsal.
    The conference  is free of charge and there is no formal
registration. In order to estimate attendance, however, please notify H.E. “Kit” Crissey, Jr, at of your intent to attend. You are encouraged to bring your instrument and augment the band during the rehearsal.


Pittsburgh Opera Workshop

Participate in the Workshop for Educators on “Don Pasquale” ($15/fee for lunch) on either April 4 or 6, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters. (Make a reservation with Marilyn Egan at


Key of She Jazz Conference

The Key of She Jazz Conference is a first-ever (and FREE!) event for female musicians ages 12-21 interested in jazz plus parents, music educators, band directors and supportive friends. Guys welcome, too! Performances by DIVA Five Play led by Sherrie Maricle of the DIVA Jazz Orchestra as well as the Monroe-Miceli duo and others!  The event will be held on April 27, 2019.

Master classes for all instruments and voice and break out sessions geared to attendees including topics including fostering the girls in the group, college planning, careers in music, and more.  For more information, visit the Event page.


Free Professional Development Opportunity for Music Educators

 The PA Dept of Education, in conjunction with Little Kids Rock and with endorsement from the PA Music Educators Association, will offer six professional development trainings in “Modern Band” at six different times and locations across the Commonwealth.



April 17 
9 am – 4:30 pm

Penn State University

April 18
9 am – 4:30 pm

Indiana University of PA

April 23
11:30 am-6:30 pm

Temple University

April 24
9 am – 4:30 pm

Scranton University

April 25
9 am – 4:30 pm

Lebanon Valley College

May 18
9 am – 4:30 pm

Slippery Rock University


Don’t let the title “Modern Band” fool you! These trainings will inform a quality pedagogical process that is purposeful for all elementary, secondary, collegiate and pre-service music educators. Thetechniques learned can support the development of a rock band curriculum in your school or can be adapted for use in choral, instrumental or general music settings.

Use this REGISTRATION LINK to register. PMEA will offer 6 Act 48 credits to its members, and PDE will provide a letter to school districts recommending upload of 6 Act 48 credits, permissible use of Title I, II or IV money to subsidize substitute pay and, if part of your district’s contractual agreements, travel reimbursement.

Knowing that several PA colleges and universities are now offering graduate and undergraduate training in Modern Band, the Dept of Education and PMEA are looking to work with and support school districts interested in developing secondary level courses in Modern Band. Please contact O David Deitz,