Elementary & MS Fests


Updated & Info for the 2022-23 School Year
Kathleen Boyer, Fest Coordinator

Elementary & Middle School Directors – we encourage you to get involved with our PMEA Fests!  These are excellent learning opportunities  and musical experiences for your outstanding students.   If you are new to your teaching position, or if you have not recently participated in PMEA Fests, we encourage you to contact the fest hosts below to inquire about getting your students involved.  If you have participated in one of these fests previously, your name should be in the email group, so look to receive an email from the hosts if you have not already.

What are PMEA Fests?

  • Held each year, PMEA Fests are one-day events where outstanding students from participating schools come together for a day of music rehearsal with a guest conductor, culminating with an evening concert.
  • Participating students must be nominated and accompanied by their school music teacher (director), and participating teachers must be current members of PMEA.  (See PMEA State Website Statement)
  • In the fall, participating directors nominate outstanding students to be selected for participation.
  • Once the ensemble is selected and announced, directors assist their students with preparing the music, completing all necessary paperwork and parent permissions, and arranging for student transportation to the fest.
  • On the day of the fest, participating directors attend the fest (directors must be present during the entire day) and assist/supervise as needed.
  • The day of rehearsal concludes with an evening concert for family & friends



2023 Fests (Chronological Order)

7/8 String Fest – February 6, 2023 (snow date Feb. 7) at Kennett HS
Joseph Brennan- guest conductor
Hosted by Jessica Williams jwilliams@kcsd.org Mark Cellini mcellini@gvsd.org

5/6 Chesco Band Fest – February 17, 2023 (snow date Feb. 28)-at Owen J Roberts HS
Guest conductor -Ken Kemmerer
Hosted by Andrew Klick – aklick@ojrsd.net Karen Levins
klevins@ojrsd.net Casey Jennings cjennings@ojrsd.net

7/8 Chorus Fest – February 24, 2023(snow date Feb.27 ) at Radnor MS
Marci Major – guest conductor
Hosted by – Heather Spindel heather.spindel@rtsd.org and Maryellen Byrne

Elementary Chorus Fest – March 2, 2023-(snow date March 6) at Phoenixville
Guest Conductor – Jim Wilson
Hosted by Kelly Dengler denglerk@pasd.com, Peter Garcia
garciap@pasd.com Eileen Keller Eileen.keller@rak12.org

5/6 String Fest – March 8, 2023 (snow date 3/9 ) -at E.T .Richardson MS
Hosted by Jim Morris jmorris415@aol.com, Caitlin Lesniak clesniak@upperdarbysd.org Kristin Nelson
knelson@upperdarbysd.org Chris Kulp ckulp@upperdarbysd.org Jason Majerczak

5/6 Delco Band Fest – March 28 (snow date TBD) at Sun Valley HS
Hosted by Michael Stadnicki mstadnicki@pdsd.org Darren Hazlett dhazlett@pdsd.org Richard Stetson rstetson@pdsd.org