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Four Sun Valley Music Students Make PMEA District Festivals

On November 21st three Sun Valley students made the PMEA District Honor Choir and one Sun Valley Band member made the District Honor Band. This is the first time in a very long time that more than one or two people from SVHS has made it into this prestigious choir.


Each year The Sun Valley Music Department encourages students to audition for acceptance into the District Choir and Band Festivals. This year the choir had five students audition and the band had three students audition. The auditions were on Saturday November 21st at Bayard Rustin High School in West Chester. The choir students learned three pieces of music for the audition and the band students learned a solo selection, and scales. 


The students audition for a group of judges and are scored on various categories. They go up against students from schools in Chester and Delaware counties. Some of our students auditioned against 40 other students. At the end of the day the top students are invited to participate in the District Honor Choir and Band Festivals. 


Congratulations to the following students who have made it into the District Festivals:

Kaitlin McCombs - Soprano

Gianni Palmarini - Tenor

Jacqueline Scheck - Alto

Ryan Schmidt - Trumpet


At the Festivals the students will be given another audition for a chance to move onto the Region Festival. They then will rehearse a selection of music from Thursday evening through Saturday and give a concert on Saturday Afternoon. 


The District Honor Band Festival will be held January 28-30 at Phoenixville Area High School with the final concert on January 30th at 4:00 p.m.

The District Honor Choir Festival will be held February 4-6 at Unionville High School with the final concert on February 6th at 11:00 a.m. 


PMEA is the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association which is a statewide nonprofit organization of over 4,500 music educators dedicated to promoting the musical development of all Pennsylvanians. The organization promotes and supports quality music education, learning and performance as well as promoting and supporting music education in schools and communities. Throughout the year they hold several different band and choral festivals which include district, region and state festivals along with large group assessments. 


Sun Valley choir director, Nicole Moyer stated, “We are so very proud of these students and are hoping they will have the opportunity to also move onto the Region Festival.”