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Shaler Area students accepted into honors music ensembles

Thursday, October 17, 2019 | 12:01 AM

Seven Shaler Area High School students were accepted into Pennsylvania Music Educators Association honors ensembles.

Junior Jonathan Zang, a cellist, was accepted into the PMEA Honors Orchestra. Auditions were held in September at Fox Chapel Area High School and Jonathan was one of 18 cellists accepted into the orchestra out of nearly 50 who auditioned.

The PMEA Honors Orchestra will rehearse on Nov. 16 and 17 at Fox Chapel Area High School with the concert being performed on Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. The guest conductor will be Octavio Mas-Arocas. He is the Music Director and Conductor of the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra in Ohio, the Director of Orchestras at Ithaca College in New York, Conductor-in-Residence at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and conductor of the Interlochen Philharmonic at the Interlochen Arts Camp.

Junior Luke Franks, who plays the trumpet, was accepted into the PMEA Honors Band. Luke is one of more than 500 students from 60 different schools who auditioned for the ensemble. These students will rehearse with a world-renowned conductor on Nov. 22-24, 2019 at North Hills High School and Bethel Park High School. The performance will be held on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019.

Shaler Area musicians Alex Almonte, a senior; Caroline Clontz, a senior; Sonny DeMasi, a junior; Jenn Hinerman, a senior and Kelsey Marshall, a senior, were accepted into the PMEA Honors Chorus. These students were selected based on their level of musicianship, involvement in the vocal arts, and level of vocal talent. The students will rehearse with guest conductors and perform in the PMEA District 1 Honors Chorus festival held at Waynesburg Central High School on Oct. 18 and 19. This festival is comprised of students from 54 districts in Allegheny, Washington, Westmoreland, Greene, and Fayette County.