Five students from Elizabethtown Area High School performed at the prestigious 2019 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 7 Orchestra Festival. Twelfth graders Sean Brown (violin), Mayelin Ebersole (viola), and Lexis Ferree (violin), as well as eleventh graders Samuel Becker (string bass) and Claire Fritz (violin) joined more than 100 other talented student musicians from central Pennsylvania at the all-star festival.
Thomas Hong from the University of Pennsylvania was the guest conductor for the ensemble. The concert was held at Central Dauphin High School. The ensemble performed the orchestral suite Scheherezade, a four-movement work. Brown was the featured soloist in movements three and four.
Selection to the District 7 Orchestra is highly competitive involving talented student musicians from schools located in central Pennsylvania (Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York counties). A team of judges, comprised of local music teachers, selected the students to the prestigious ensemble.
Richard Winey, orchestra director for Elizabethtown Area High School, said the students worked for months to prepare to earn a seat in the ensemble.
“There are many talented students in the high school orchestra. Each of these strings players represent the highest level of musicianship in our program,” Winey said. “I congratulate all five of them for this accomplishment.”
PMEA is a statewide nonprofit organization that 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.