Each year, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) holds a state-wide conference featuring professional development for music educators, performances by selected groups from throughout the state, and a special student composition contest. This year, Bala Cynwyd will be well-represented in all three components of the conference.
Seventh grade student Mark Lancaster was named the winner of the Student Composition Contest for his string quartet composition entitled "Sunrise." Lancaster's award-winning piece will be premiered during the PMEA Outstanding Compositions session on Thursday, April 19 at 4:30 p.m.
The BCMS Chamber Orchestra will also be featured at this year's conference after the string ensemble was hand-selected to perform following an exemplary audition. Only 27 ensembles from throughout Pennsylvania were chosen to perform and the Knights were the only middle school string orchestra selected. The BCMS contingent will take the stage under the direction of Ms. Laura Norris on Friday, April 20 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Last and certainly not least, BCMS instrumental music teacher Dr. Jenny Neff also had her session proposal selected to present at the conference. The session, entitled Student Engagement in the Middle School, will explore current research on the topic of engaging instructional practices and will be translated in to real-world examples of how to engage middle school instrumental music students in deeper content connections. Her session will also make practical connections to teacher evaluation and the National Core Music Standards. Dr. Neff will present her topic on Friday, April 20 from 8:30-9:30 a.m.
For more information about this year's conference, click here.