President’s Message – August 2019

Welcome to the new school year!

I am honored to serve all of you as the District 12 President for the next two years.

For those of you that do not know me, I am the Band Director and Performing Arts Coordinator for the Phoenixville Area School District in Chester County.   Beyond running the band program, I also teach AP Music Theory, Recording Technology, and beginning guitar.  This is my 17th year teaching overall.   I have a master’s degree in Wind Band Conducting from West Chester University, and am one of the lead clinicians for the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy.   Music – and helping grow teachers of music – are two important aspects of my life.    I am a resident in the Owen J Roberts school district, and my wife Sarah is a middle school band director in Berks County.

The life cycle of the president’s role is a 6 year term – 2 as vice president, 2 as current, and 2 as past president.   I had a short turn around with just 1 year as vice president due to some personnel changes.  Dr. Erin Kauppila has done an AMAZING job in helping me prepare for this role – thank you Erin!

I’d also like to take a second and welcome our new vice-president, Dr. Steve Selfridge.  Steve is the band director at Garnet Valley High School, and we are all excited to bring him on board so that he gets his “turn” in two years.

 


DISTRICT AUDITIONS: Save the Date: November 23rd, 2019.  

This year, we are utilizing a set of new excerpts for instrumental auditions.  (Vocal auditions will remain the same as in years past).  We have posted a few updates over the summer to these as there were bound to be a few errors in the engraving process.    Please check these out here:  (The password is PMEAD12).

Teachers: Per the audition guidelines, you must be in attendance and be a part of the audition panels if you have students auditioning.  


D12 Calendar of Events: 

All D12-sponsored events are now available here:    More info will be available as we get closer.


D12 In-Service: Save the Date: November 5th, 2019

Presenters have been notified – thank you to all who applied!   More information on registration and the schedule of events will be published in the coming weeks.  In the meantime – as you are starting your beginning of year inservice days, please connect with your curriculum point person in your school district about attending.  It’s a great day of professional development geared EXACTLY for music teachers!


Renew your PMEA Membership!

You should have received an email from PMEA over the summer with the new system in place.   This is a *NEW* system – and everyone will have to register in it.  You can print invoices out through the system if you need to do so for your district.   You also will no longer be getting ID cards in the mail – it’s all electronic.


New Teachers in your District? Forward this to them!

This is going out to last year’s email list, as well as being published on the website.    If you have new teachers in your district, please forward this onto them – as well as direct them to the PMEA D12 website!

 


Welcome new D12 Board Members

  • Shawn Lee (Phoenixville) will be moving from the Elementary PD chair to co-chairing the HS PD chair with Mike Shoremount (West Chester SD)
  • Dr. Danielle Cullen (Downingtown) will be moving into the Elementary PD chair position.
  • Kyle Risch (West Chester SD) will be moving into the  MPA (Music Performance Assessment) Chair position.

 

PMEA District 12 – both myself and the entire board – are made up of teachers just like you.  We are here to assist and help you out in whatever way we can.    Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions at all!