Photos contributed by Darrell Greenawalt
by Stefanie Arblaster, website editor
The Saegertown chamber singers will be attending the 2017 PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association) Adjudication Festival hosted by Westminister College in New Wilmington, Pa. on May 10. The festival will feature twelve different chamber singer groups from across the state, including Wilmington, Mercer, and Butler. Each group will perform three songs for a panel of judges and receive written and spoken comments on their performance.
Mrs. Susan James, Saegertown’s musical director, who attended this festival once in 1994, has entered this year’s chamber singers in hopes of improving the group’s abilities as a whole. “I hope that they can provide some positive feedback as well as some things to improve on. I think this will be a really good experience for them to hear other schools and to get out of their comfort zone,” Mrs. James said.
The chamber singers will be performing “Take me home” by Penatonix, “Sing me to heaven” by Daniel E. Gawthrop, and “Adoramus Te,” a traditional Catholic song. “I really enjoy all of the pieces we chose this year and I’m really confident that we’ll do well as a group and learn a lot from this experience,” senior Emily Burger said.
By Jade Allen, staff writer
The 2017 PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association) Region Chorus was held at Freeport High School on Feb. 23-25. This year’s participants were seniors Emily Burger and Jesse Stewart. Burger advanced on soprano 1 and Stewart advanced on tenor 2. They were accompanied by Mrs. Susan James.
The musical selections of this years Region Chorus were: “Miniyama Nayo,” “Beati Qurum Via,” “Dixit Dominus,” “Pure Imagination,” “Praise The Name of God With A Song,” “I See The Heaven’s Glories Shine,” “I Am His Child,” “For the Fallen,” “Sing As One,” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
The guest director for the concert was Dr. Ryan Beeken from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). “It was a great experience to have Dr. Beeken conduct the concert because I got to talk to him about joining the choir at IUP and got to know him a little better.” said Stewart, who will be attending IUP in the fall for a degree in music education.
After the audition process, the chair placements and results were announced. Emily Burger placed seventh chair on soprano 1 and Jesse Stewart received fifteenth chair on tenor 2. The top four chairs in each section move on to states.