IMPORTANT PMEA UPDATE 8/12/2020
PMEA has been and continues to monitor the changing landscape in education as our schools deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. While we value the music and educational experiences our fests, festivals and Music Performance Assessments (MPAs) provide our students, we have to first and foremost acknowledge the health and safety of our members, students and their families.
The PMEA State Board has made the difficult decision to suspend all in-person student events for the 2020-21 school year for the safety of the students, members and all others involved. This includes the PMEA District, Region and All-State festivals, District level fests and MPAs (adjudication). As these events involve students from multiple schools and school districts from throughout the Commonwealth, it is essential for PMEA to limit any potential risk of COVID infection.
The PMEA districts will now determine student eligibility to audition for the 2021 PMEA Virtual All-State Ensembles as the board approved the suspension of Region level festivals of any kind – in-person or virtual. The state will provide the audition material from the public domain and the region formulas will remain in place to determine the students selected for the 2021 All-State Ensembles (Band/Wind Ensemble, Chorus & Orchestra).
We understand that music is an essential part of the school curriculum and our communities and we are working diligently to offer as many musical opportunities throughout this upcoming school year. We will be holding a virtual annual conference and All-State event in the spring, and will assist our PMEA districts with hosting their own virtual events, should they choose to do so.
Possible components of the virtual student events include: masterclasses with guest conductors, workshops with a composer, time to connect with other students, and more. PMEA is also investigating the possibility of offering a state level student-focused conference open to students across the commonwealth, not just those selected for the virtual All-State event.
We are working hard to help make this year as musical as can be within the confines in which we find ourselves. PMEA has taken the lead in communicating with other arts and education associations as well as distributing information and assistance to its members in a variety of ways including numerous webinar series
and the 2020 PMEA Virtual Summer Conference
. Please continue to look to our website’s toolbox
for up to date information and resources and don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance.
Music is essential and we will continue to work to be the leading voice and advocate for music education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
A Statement of Principles Governing Participation in PMEA Fests and Festivals
*Please note: PMEA directors sponsoring students in PMEA festivals and/or fests must be FULL ACTIVE members of PMEA. Retired members are not eligible to sponsor students in festivals, fests, and/or adjudication (music performance assessment) activities.
Greetings from the Student Performance Events Council! As winter moves to spring the high school director focus begins to lean more towards the upcoming Festival season. In an effort to streamline procedures across the state, the SPEC has been diligently working to consolidate Region/State Policies and has devised Checklists that must be used during the audition process at Region & State Festivals this year.
As the SPEC continues to strive to improve Performance Events, we look forward to any suggestions and input from PMEA members. If you would like for the SPEC to review or discuss an issue or suggestion at our summer meeting, please contact your District SPEC Fest and or SPEC Festival representative for more information on how to proceed.
Best wishes for a successful rest of your school year!
Lisa E. Hummel
PMEA – SPEC Chair
PMEA Fest/Festival Documents
**All forms have now been updated for the 2019-2020 school year.