PMEA District 3 Chorus Fest scheduled Friday
On Friday, March 11, the Purchase Line Fine Arts Department will hosting the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 3 Elementary Chorus Fest. The festival will involve 225 students and 30 directors from 32 different elementary schools.
The students will be divided into 2 choruses of equal sizes and will rehearse and perform five selections of music each. The choruses will the combine to perform two more pieces. The students will rehearse all day and then will perform their concert at 7 p.m. in the Purchase Line High School Auditorium. Limited tickets are available at the door for $4.
The choruses will be under the direction of Joy M. Hess, an upper elementary music teacher in the Pine Richland School District and Mari Grace Covert, a music teacher in the Conemaugh Township School District. Mrs. Hess formerly was the high school choral director at Purchase Line High School. Both women are active in both teaching and performing choral music.
The students attending the festival have been hard at work with the directors at each school learning their music to come together for this festival. The choruses are comprised of students from elementary and middle schools in Armstrong, Clarion, Indiana, Jefferson, and Venango counties. While these students have been rehearsing, Mrs. Meriann Lee, Elementary Choral Director in the Purchase Line School District, has been working to coordinate this event.
Indiana County students participating in this event are:
Blairsville Elementary: Jesse Chovanec, Haley Dick, Grant Distefano, Brian Knupp, Sarah Maryai, Abbigail Stipcak, Faith Yarnoff
Purchase Line North Elementary: Rachel Barnett, Aubrey Bloxdorf, Lucy Lee, Caity Smith, Morgan Smith
Purchase Line South Elementary: Marissa Barnosky, Sarah Buterbaugh, Ciarra Goodlin, Tyler Kachmarchi, Whitney Lowe, Kayla Mikesell, Rachel Muir, Maddie Ober, Bryce Patterson, Lahna Sillman, Kaitlyn Smith, Kelly Stiffler
Saltsburg Elementary: DeAnna Brady, Alexandra Humphrey, AJ Lassic, Liam Sirnic, Elizabeth Zapach
St. Bernard: Abby Novak, Clara Sherwood, Mia Spadafora, Joy Swasy