Community Happenings

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For Professional Development hosted by PMEA or NAfME, see the Professional Development Opportunities page of the PMEA Website.


Teaching Continuing Education

Teaching Continuing Education is a morning of workshops focusing on Holocaust education and its relevance in today’s classrooms. Hosted by Bucknell’s departments of Music, English, Art, Education, and Sociology, this FREE Professional Development Day will be on Saturday, November 2nd from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Sigfried Weis Music Building at Bucknell University. This workshop is closely aligned with the mission of the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s 2014 Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Violations Instruction Act 70.*

The keynote address will be given by Dr. Harold Schweizer, Bucknell Professor of English, who will provide a talk “The Responsibility to Remember.” Break-out sessions will focus on the use of music, literature, and art in Holocaust education. The closing session with Dr. Sue Ellen Henry, Bucknell Professor of Education, will connect the lessons of the Holocaust with contemporary events and global conditions. We anticipate offering 3 hours of Act 48 credit, and we believe this free workshop will be extraordinarily meaningful and beneficial to your district’s Arts, Social Studies, and English educators.

The workshop is the opening event of a weeklong program, Dayeinu! Learning from the Holocaust (schedule of events attached). The week will include music, film, and discussion, culminating Bucknell Opera Theatre’s performance of Brundibar on Nov. 9, 2019 at 11:00 am and 6:00 pm in the Weis Center at Bucknell University. Brundibar is a children’s opera composed in 1938 and performed by the children of the Theresienstadt concentration camp.This 30-minute opera was written for children and centers on the concepts of hope and justice and is appropriate for all ages. Teachers, students, and parents are welcome to join us for as much as they are able.

The schedule for the professional development day is below:

  • 8:30am: Check-In/Snacks (lobby of Music building)
  • 9-9:30am: Keynote (Rooke Recital Hall) Prof. Harold Schweizer, Professor of English
  • 9:40-10:25am: Breakout Sessions 1, 2, 3 (Siegfried Weis Music Building)
    • Music: Dr. Kim Councill, Professor of Music, Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities / Bucknell Music Education Alumni Kathryn Stidle
    • Literature: Prof. Virginia Zimmerman, Professor of English
    • Art: Prof. Roger Rothman, Professor of Art History
  • 10:30-11:15am: Breakout Sessions 1, 2, 3 11:20-12:05am: Breakout Sessions 1, 2, 3
  • 12:15 – 1:00am: Wrap-up Prof. Sue Ellen Henry, Professor of Education OPTIONAL: Box lunches provided by the Bucknell Music Department for those attending the
  • 1:30pm Screening of SHOAH (Bucknell Gallery Theatre)

In order to participate in this free professional development opportunity, please email your name, school, grades/subjects taught to


Susquehanna University Composition Competition


Choral Music Educator Professional Development Day

Saturday, January 25, 2020

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Dr. Jason Vodicka, Westminster Choir College, Clinician

Community Music School, 1544 Hamilton St, Allentown, PA 18102

$35 registration

Following on the heels of our highly successful workshop last season with Dr. Rollo Dilworth, we are delighted to be hosting Dr. Jason Vodicka for a workshop on incorporating Gordon Music Learning Theory and Critical Pedagogy into your choral rehearsal! Great way to “sharpen your pedagogical saw” mid-year, and at a reasonable price!  We will be working with area school districts to again provide professional development credit for you. Please let us know when you register if you are seeking credit!  Go to: to register! 

Hosted by The Bel Canto Youth Chorus of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem

Joy Hirokawa, Founder and Artistic Director

Questions? Please contact Silagh White, Administrator at, or call 610-866-4382 x116