2010-01-21 / Local & State

District 4 Chorus Festival To Be Held At Southern Fulton


The 2010 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 4 Chorus Festival will be held at Southern Fulton High School in Warfordsburg, on January 27-30. Southern Fulton vocal music director Dan Meredith is serving as festival host. The festival features 186 students from 27 high schools in seven counties. This marks the second time that Southern Fulton has hosted a PMEA event and the fourth time this festival has been held in Fulton County.

The chorus will be under the direction of guest conductor Krystal Rickard of the University of Delaware. Professor Rickard holds a Bachelor of Music from Bucknell University and a Master of Music from Westminster Choir College. At the university, Rickard teaches secondary choral methods, choral conducting, choral literature and supervises student teachers at the secondary level. She conducts the University Singers and Concert Choir. Rickard adjudicates at choral festivals and clinics in Delaware and surrounding states. She has also been invited to present at conferences and choral reading sessions and has guest conducted honor choirs in Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of musical arts in Music Education from Boston University and is president-elect of Delaware American Choral Directors Association.

Local students participating in the event include Ashlyn Buterbaugh and Chelsea DeShong from Forbes Road; Dakota Deneen, A’leese Dickerson, David Mellott, Ryan Strait, Emily Watkins and Emily Wenschhof from McConnellsburg; and Cierra Covalt, Emmaline Crouse, Molly Deneen, Carissa Gordon, Mariah Hill, Alyssa O Neal, Billy Rebosky, Brian Stanley and William Taylor from Southern Fulton.

This festival is the first step in the PMEA All-State Festival system. The students begin the event with auditions for the Region III Chorus Festival to be held at Somerset Area High School in March. Ten students from each voice section will be selected to attend the regional festival with students from District 6. At that festival, four students per section will be chosen for the All-State Festival.

The remainder of the festival time will be spent in rehearsals and performances. The choir will present an assembly to the Southern Fulton student body and two concerts. The students will be housed locally by 65 families. Such an event would not be possible without the support of the local community.

A concert for the public will be held on Friday, January 29, at 8:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Admission to the concert is $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. Proceeds help to defray festival costs and support music education throughout the state of Pennsylvania.

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