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.


Susquehanna Chorale to Perform in May

The nationally-acclaimed Susquehanna Chorale will
present its spring concert series, “Singing the Dance of Life,” on May 10 and 11, 2019.  For more information, see the Spring 19 Concert Press Release.


Susquehanna Chorale Announces Auditions for Children’s and Youth Choirs

The nationally-acclaimed Susquehanna Chorale invites
interested children and youth to audition for its 2019-2020 Children’s, Youth, and Young Women’s
educational choirs.  Auditions will be held on Tuesdays, May 28 and June 4, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday, June 8,
from 9 a.m. to noon in Camp Hill. Auditions are by appointment only.

For more information, see the Auditions 2019 press release.





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,