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MPA Offers Opportunity for Friends and Former Students
to Participate in Honoring Mrs. Houdeshel's Retirement

When Mrs. Houdeshel's daughters asked her what she would like for her retirement, she said that she would like to have a piece commissioned in her honor, but she felt that would be too expensive. It was done anyway -- she's worth it, right? Randall D. Standridge, her favorite composer, has written the piece for her, and her 8th grade band will premiere it at their concert at WEST on
May 11. The commission, which will be printed on every copy of the published piece is, "Commissioned by the Family, Friends, and Former Students of Mrs. Judy Houdeshel in Honor of her 37 years of Instrumental Music Education in the Downingtown Area School District, Downingtown, PA."

If you would like to be included in the "Friends and Former Students," you can send a tax deductible contribution to:

Downingtown Middle School Music Parents Association -

Catherine Barwell
1547 Shadyside Rd
West Chester, PA 19380

*Make checks out to DMS-MPA with "Mrs. Houdeshels' Retirement" in the memo line.

The title of the piece is "Lux Spiritus," Spirit of Light -- How appropriate is that?!?

Music Parents Scholarship
Application for Music Scholarship
Sponsored by the Downingtown High School Music Parents Association

Applications for these scholarships may be obtained from your guidance counselor, music director, the school website or can be downloaded by clicking on the following links:

The application is for all three schools: East, STEM, and West. STEM students can only apply through the STEM Music Program, not through East or West Music Programs.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

- You must be a senior student enrolled at a Downingtown High School who is participating in a Downingtown High School Music Program and is in good standing, i.e. actively participate in class and have a good attendance record. Music Directors will verify this requirement.

- You must plan to use the scholarship money to pursue higher education. (You do not have to major in music in college.) Award will be sent to your enrolled college.

The application must be returned to the

MPA Post Office Box at the address below

and postmarked no later than March 27, 2015.


MPA Scholarship

Downingtown High School Music Parents Association (DHSMPA)

PO Box 606

Downingtown, PA 19335


1. Applications received postmarked after March 27, 2015 will not be accepted

2. Applications must be typed, double spaced or not considered

3. Application information should be kept as anonymous as possible

4. Do not turn in a personal resume

5. Application pages MUST be single-sided only


Congratulations to the following students on their acceptance into the 2015 Pennsylvania Music Educator's Association District 12 Choir:

From Adam Speakman, Choral Director, Downingtown East H.S
 Christina Borst, Nicky Cacchione, Maddie Crowley, Alex Harding, Heather Kalkiewicz, Marissa Martini, Ethan O'Grady, Laney Pleasanton, Danielle Rodgers, and Marissa Tomeo.

 From Brian P. Lloyd, Choral Director, Downingtown STEM Academy
Alison Dougherty - Soprano 2, Rachana Mudipalli - Alto 1

Matt McCloskey, Choir Director, Downingtown West H.S.
Jackson Betz,  Matthew McCool, Kayla Reiner, and Davis Roper

From January 22-24 they will join other other gifted choral students from high schools throughout Chester, Delaware, and Philadelphia counties to perform in a festival at Immaculata University with guest conductor, Dr. Thomas Lloyd from Haverford College.


Laney Pleasanton, Soprano I, from Downingtown East High School has been selected to perform in the All-Eastern Treble Voice Chorus (Honors Ensemble) at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence, RI. in April 2015. 

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..  

Senior DSF Account Withdrawal Form
click here for PDF format
click here for Microsoft Word "fill-in form" docx format

2014-2015 Meeting Dates

03/10/2015 – All Programs East @ 7:30

04/14/2015 – All Programs West @ 7:30
(Elections meeting)

05/12/2015 – All Programs East @ 7:30

06/09/2015 – 8th Grade Picnic Night @ 6:30

Click here for a PDF download of this schedule.

Click here for prior MPA meeting minutes

Concessions and other Volunteer needs are posted.    

It is never too early to volunteer

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Tell us where you would be
willing and able to volunteer.

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for more information.

For the families who couldn't attend the picnic,
 the handouts can be download here:

8th Grade Welcome Letter  PDF

MPA Information Handout  

2014-2015 MPA Meeting Dates  

Student Information Sheet
Word   PDF
Mail to: MPA, PO Box 606, Downingtown PA 19335
Band Picture Collage

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