Elizabethtown Area High School 2019 graduate Mayelin Ebersole and student Claire Fritz, who just completed her junior year, recently took part in the 2019 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Music Festival held in Pittsburgh. The festival was comprised of the top high school band, choral, and orchestra students from across the state.
Ebersole and Fritz were selected to participate at the highly competitive and prestigious all-state music festival based on their successful auditions at the PMEA District and Regional levels earlier this school year. Ebersole was chosen to the 120-member all-state orchestra ensemble while Fritz performed with the 225-memberall-state mixed choir.
At the all-state music festival, Ebersole performed under the direction of guest conductor Daniel Meyers, director of orchestras at Duquesne University. Ebersole plays the viola. This is the second year in a row that Ebersole was selected to this prestigious ensemble.
“Mayelin is one of only a handful of Elizabethtown students who has been to an All-State Festival more than once,” said Rich Winey, director of orchestra for Elizabethtown Area High School. “She is a wonderful musician, and I’m very proud of her.”
Fritz performed under the direction of Dr. Jerry Blackstone, emeritus director of choirs and chair of the Conducting Department at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.
“Claire is a great example of what hard work and talent can do together,” said Dana Baxter, Director of the Choral Departmentfor Elizabethtown Area
High School. “She set a goal for herself and met that goal head-on. Congratulations Claire.”
PMEA is a statewide nonprofit organization of over 4,500 members, 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 support music education in schools and communities.