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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?!?

STEM Academy Choir in Disney World

Here are a couple pictures of us at Disney!
Many thanks to the MPA for helping us get there!  Thank you!!

Brian P. Lloyd, Choral Director/Recording Studio
International Baccalaureate Music
Downingtown STEM Academy

The Downingtown East Sweet Adelines and Barbershop Quartet
Saturday, April 11. 2015

The Downingtown East Sweet Adelines and Barbershop Quartet performed a concert last Saturday with the Bryn Mawr Mainliners Barbershop Chorus at General Wayne Elementary School in Malvern, PA.

Adam Speakman
Choral Director
Downingtown High School East


Picture of Alison Dougherty, who participated in District 12 Chorus, Region 6 Chorus and All State Chorus.


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

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 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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