The Downingtown East Masterworks Choir just received notice that they were chosen out of 130 entries to perform at the 2020 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) All-State Conference, April 23-25 at the Kalahari Resort in the Poconos. Their performance will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020.
PMEA is an affiliate of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). The mission of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (with well over 4,500 members) is to advance comprehensive and innovative music education for all students through quality teaching, rigorous learning, and meaningful music engagement.
The purpose of the annual All-State performance exhibition is to showcase the top performing bands, choirs, and orchestras of various age groups (K-12, collegiate, professional) to a statewide conference of music educators. Downingtown East’s Choral Director, Adam Speakman notes, “it is an honor to be selected by blind recorded audition to have one of my choirs perform for an audience comprised mainly of my music educator colleagues as an exemplar of the musical standard by which we all strive for our ensembles to reach”.
Due to the limited size of the performance venue and the purpose of the convention as an educational demonstration to showcase the state’s premier performing ensembles, attendance at the conference’s performances are limited to PMEA Conference attendees who have registered for the conference, the student performers, and a limited number of trip chaperones. The Masterworks Choir will perform the entirety of their PMEA conference program locally for parents, relatives, and friends of the choir as part of their regularly scheduled Spring Concert on Friday, May 1, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at Downingtown East High School.