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Welcome back parents!!

 We are very excited for the upcoming school year. If you take a moment to review our Board page, you will see we have filled all of our open positions Thanks again to the new volunteers, and of course to those staying on. As we get dates from the Directors, we will post them on the Calendar page. West is having another Music in Motion Band Competition on September 26, so mark your calendars now and more info will follow.

Listed below are the MPA meeting dates. Meetings are held at 7:30 pm and the location alternates from West and East campuses. We look forward to seeing everyone at our monthly meetings, but should you have any questions or concerns, please contact me or one of the Board members. Thank you.

2015-2016 Meetings:

September 8 - WEST

October 13 - EAST

November 10 - WEST

January 12 - EAST

February 9 - WEST

March 8 - EAST

April 12 - WEST

May 10 - EAST

June 14 - 8th Grade PICNIC, WEST
 

Progress Report - 2014-2015

We have had a very busy and successful year. As I complete this year as President of MPA, I'd like to give a quick update on some items.

We have had profitable fundraisers for the students DSF's accounts. Car washes are scheduled during this summer and you can sign up through the ivolunteer link on this page.

We completed a five year lease negotiation agreement with DASD, so MPA will be able to continue to serve guests at the concession stands. This is where the majority of our revenue is derived which we use to continue to support the music programs throughout the entire district. The term of our agreement is July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2020 and was approved by the DASD board on March 11, 2015 by a vote of 8 - 1 with Mrs. Simonelli voting no.

Five $1,000 scholarships were awarded:

Taylor Mattes, DHS EAST, Cooper Family Scholarship

Adam McCarron, DHS East, Wenzel Family Scholarship

Daniel Xu, STEM Academy, MPA Scholarship

Paul Martini, DHS West, Cooper Family Scholarship

Matthew Jung, DHS West, Iffert Family Scholarship

MPA is looking for sponsor(s) to help with the Stem Academy scholarship. If you have any interest or know of a company willing to sponsor this, please contact me at mpa.donna@gmail.com.

We had several open positions at the end of this year that have been filled --- thank you to those that have volunteered to fill these open positions!! And thank you to all of the current members staying on. A big heartfelt thank you to Beth Gunther, Marie Martini and Chris Smith who are leaving our Board. They have committed many hours and hard work to make this organization successful --- THANK YOU!

We are working with Ed Otto, DHS West on another Drum Corp show on July 25, and a Band Competition Show on September 26 --- both at West.

We are excitedly working towards our next school year programs and fundraisers, and will list them on our calendar as soon as dates are confirmed. We will also update our Board contacts.

Listed below are updates from two of our Directors:

DEHS Choir (Adam Speakman):
This year we had ten students qualify for PMEA District 12 Choir and five students qualify for PMEA Region VI Choir. In the fall, we hosted a concert by the select Women's Choir- Cantari Donne from West Chester University directed by Dr. Ryan Kelly. We also hosted an African percussion and dance assembly by the Doc Gibbs Ensemble through a grant with Musicopia and the Valley Forge Music Fair Trust. Last winter we hosted a Barbershop Youth workshop sponsored by the Barbershop Harmony Society that was attended by many local high schools. We also held our third annual Cougar Cabaret Night and raised over $4000 for Music Parents. In the spring, the DEHS Barbershop Quartet and Sweet Adelines performed a concert with the Bryn Mawr Mainliners. Then we, along with the DEHS Orchestra travelled to Nashville and competed in the Worldstrides Heritage Festival, where we won the Sweepstakes Award for the highest combined total program for choral and instrumental scores. Our Chamber Choir recently returned from touring in France where we performed at the historic Church of St. Madeleine in Paris as well as at the Notre Dame Cathedrals of Paris, Reims, and Versailles. Our final concert in Versailles was also a collaborative concert with the Chamber Choir from the Academy of Music in Paris.

Stem Academy (Brian Lloyd):

The STEM Academy Choir and music classes had a great school year! We are alive and growing with about 90 singers anticipated for the 2015-2016 school year. Besides singing in our two annual concerts, our choir visited Pickering Valley Elementary School to spread some holiday cheer. We are also very proud of our performance in Disneyworld this year- what a great time for everyone! Next year's trip will be officially announced in September. In other choir news, we are launching a new auditioned choir in the fall that will be a mixture of students, teachers and parents.

Our choir students in cooperation with the Recording Studio Music Theory classes and the International Baccalaureate Music classes, performed at two open mic nights that were a huge success this year. We are looking forward to more events like that next year and will invite our music friends from East and West.

Many of our students are looking to practice their sound engineering skills and need musicians to come to STEM to record music. We have a wonderful recording studio and would like to share it with all of the Downingtown music students. From our studio, we have also created a new radio show called RecStuRadio. The show is on Thursday mornings throughout the school year from 6:30-7:30. You can listen on the STEM Academy homepage. We feature music performed and/or created by our Downingtown music students.

Lastly, I would like to thank all of our parents and volunteers that have helped make MPA flourish. We can't do it without you! I look forward to working with everyone through our upcoming school year events.

Donna M. Beard, DHSMPA President

 


Congratulations to the five recipients of our scholarships:

Five $1,000 scholarships were awarded:

Taylor Mattes, DHS EAST, Cooper Family Scholarship

Adam McCarron, DHS East, Wenzel Family Scholarship

Daniel Xu, STEM Academy, MPA Scholarship

Paul Martini, DHS West, Cooper Family Scholarship

Matthew Jung, DHS West, Iffert Family Scholarship

MPA is looking for sponsor(s) to help with the Stem Academy scholarship. If you have any interest or know of a company willing to sponsor this, please contact me at mpa.donna@gmail.com.

 


A MESSAGE FROM
Donna Beard,  MPA President


What is Downingtown High Schools Music Parent’s Association?   In a word it is “YOU” ---- and other parents like you who want to see our kids get the best experience they can from being involved in the music programs offered.   We represent all three Downingtown High Schools --- East, West and STEM.   We are the parents of students in BAND, CHOIR, COLOR GUARD, INDOOR PERCUSSION, AND ORCHESTRA in all three high schools.   We lend support, both moral and financial, as well as help promote and maintain an active and enthusiastic interest in the various music programs.  

We need your help and support.   Please volunteer through the Ivolunteer link on this page.     Come to our monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month.   Like our Facebook page.

We want to hear from you.   We want to share our student’s achievements in these programs.    If you have video or pictures, please send them or the YouTube link to us so we can share them with the other parents via our Facebook page.   They can be sent to mpa.donna@gmail.com, or message us through our Facebook page..  
 


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MPA
2015-2016 Meeting Dates
Meetings are held at 7:30 pm

September 8 - WEST

October 13 - EAST

November 10 - WEST

January 12 - EAST

February 9 - WEST

March 8 - EAST

April 12 - WEST

May 10 - EAST

June 14 - 8th Grade PICNIC, WEST

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8th Grade Welcome Letter  PDF

MPA Information Handout  
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2014-2015 MPA Meeting Dates  
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Student Information Sheet
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Mail to: MPA, PO Box 606, Downingtown PA 19335
 
 
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