PMEA All-State Information

2020 All-State MUSIC RETURN

      PMEA is still missing All-State Chorus, Jazz and Vocal Jazz Music Folders. Please return the MUSIC (you may keep the folders) to : PMEA 56 S.Third St. Hamburg, PA 19526. You will receive your 2020 PMEA All-State medal once we are in receipt of the music. 

      School Districts will soon receive an invoice to replace the music from the 2020 All-State folder if it is NOT returned. The replacement cost is $50.00. Non-payment could jeopardize future PMEA participation for you as well as your school district.

      Questions- email Mary Lynne Peters, PMEA All-State Festival Coordinator-

*Medals are being distributed by PMEA district once music is returned. Please contact your PMEA member director if you have not received your medal. PMEA member directors – please contact your PMEA District President if you have not yet received the medals.

NOTICE OF IN-PERSON CANCELLATIONAmplify 2020 NAfME National Conference and All-National Honor Ensembles (9.1.20)

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) has made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person combined Amplify 2020 NAfME PreK-12 National Conference, Music Research and Teacher Education Conference, and All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE), originally scheduled to take place November 4-8 in Orlando, FL. The health and safety of our members, students, and event participants was, and remains, our priority.

More information including new dates, schedules, and registration fees for other virtual events, including the All-National Honor Ensembles, will be announced in the weeks and months to come. Any attendee or organization who had already registered for the cancelled in-person events will be issued a refund.

NAfME commends the tremendous efforts our members are making to support music students across the country during this challenging time. We continue to provide online resources for our members and valued collaborators, and look forward to virtually convening and celebrating the importance of music education for all students.  

We will get through this – together!

Please send all questions regarding the NAfME PreK-12 National Conference and All-National Honor Ensembles event cancellation to Kristen Rencher at 

All-East Honors Ensembles Update (8.31.20)
The NAfME National Executive Board has approved the postponement of the 2021 Division Conference & All-Eastern Honors Ensembles for Hartford, CT, to now take place in April of 2025. (The 2023 Eastern Division Conference will be held in Rochester, NY.) Eastern Division leaders are now looking into virtual options for the 2021 event.


Dear PMEA Members:
I hope you have been able to find some time for rest and rejuvenation this summer. 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.
Phil Stattel
PMEA President

Upcoming Events


PMEA 2021 All-State Audition Information – Harp, Jazz, Vocal Jazz


2020 PMEA All-State Merchandise


PMEA Equalizer and NAfME Ensemble Information

  • 2020 NAfME National Honor Ensembles
    • The window to audition has closed at this time.
  • 2021 NAfME Eastern Division Honor Ensembles
    • Information will be released when it is available from NAfME.


Tips for recordings in Submittable:

  • The maximum video size is 4GB – the larger the video, the longer it will take to load
  • Small rooms with good acoustic qualities will create the best recording
  • A good microphone and a good piece of recording equipment (high end computer or digital recording device) are the two things that can most improve a recording.