IMPORTANT PMEA UPDATE 8/12/2020
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.
- 2020-2021 PMEA Submittable Calendar (Harp, Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Accompanist, At-Large)
- NAfME All-Honors Ensembles – November 4-8, 2020 – Orlando, FL
- PMEA 2021 All-State Conference – April 14-17, 2021 – Erie, PA
- NAfME Eastern Division Conference 2021 – April 22-25, 2021 – Hartford, CT
PMEA 2021 All-State Audition Information – Harp, Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Music Return and All-State Medals
Directors should have been in contact with students regarding music return. Students may keep the PMEA All-State Folder but ALL MUSIC must be returned by June 30th to their designated location. Region and All-State Ensemble medals will be distributed once the music folders have been returned with all music intact.
*PMEA Region I, please return All-State chorus, jazz & vocal jazz music to: Stacy Paparone, 70 Village Park Drive, Grove City, PA 16127
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.
2020 PMEA All-State Ensembles
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.