- Penn-Delco School District
Congratulations Kerra Johnson
Sun Valley twelfth grade student Kerra Johnson reached the highest level a high school musician can achieve by earning a place in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) All-State Festival music ensemble in the All-State Chorus.
Each year, thousands of high school musicians across the state audition in their geographic area. Individually, students perform for a panel of judges. Student musicians who rank highest, advance to compete against student musicians from other parts of PMEA Regions. The highest-ranking student musicians at the PMEA Region level qualify to perform in one of six Pennsylvania All-State music ensembles.
“We commend the student musicians that are part of the 2022 PMEA All-State Festival,” commented PMEA President and retired music educator Phil Stattel. “We know the past two years have been challenging for all students and for these students to work through the challenges to perform at the highest level is to be celebrated.”
Kerra will perform at the annual PMEA All-State Festival at the Kalahari Resort in The Poconos, Pennsylvania April 8-9, 2022. Nationally recognized conductors at the convention direct the groups who rehearse for two days and conclude with a performance. Kerra and her fellow musicians will be directed by DR. AMELIA GARBISCH, director of music education and assistant professor of choral music at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.
At Bloomsburg, Dr. Garbisch conducts the women’s choir and teaches music education and conducting courses. A sought-after clinician and choral pedagogue, Dr. Garbisch has had the privilege of conducting and teaching throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, including Philadelphia, New York, Boston (USA), London, Oxford, Glasgow (UK), Shang- hai, and Hangzhou (China). Dr. Garbisch holds an undergraduate degree in music education from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, a Master of Music in choral conducting from Temple University, and a Ph.D. in choral music education, also from Temple University.
The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the musical development of all Pennsylvanians. The current membership evolved from a small group of band directors dating from 1933. Today, the organization includes those engaged in music instruction at all levels, from preschool through college and university, as well as those in the music industry, merchandising and publishing. The organization promotes and supports quality music education, learning and performance, as well as promoting and supporting music education in schools and communities. PMEA is affiliated with The National Association for Music Education, NAfME. For more information about PMEA visit www.pmea.net, call 610-562-9757 or follow the organization on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube.