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Students from Springfield School District reached the highest level a high school musician can achieve by earning places in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) All-State Festival music ensembles.

Each year, thousands of high school musicians across the state audition in their geographic area. Individually, students perform for a panel of judges. Student musicians who rank the highest advance to compete against student musicians from other parts of PMEA Regions. The highest-ranking student musicians at the PMEA Region level qualify to perform in one of six Pennsylvania All-State music ensembles.

"We commend the student musicians that are part of the 2022 PMEA All-State Festival," commented PMEA President and retired music educator Phil Stattel. "We know the past two years have been challenging for all students and for these students to work through the challenges to perform at the highest level is to be celebrated."

Students from Springfield School District include Tommy Eng and Luke Hathaway.

Band Director Mark Stanford says, "We are extremely proud of Tommy and Luke for making it into PMEA All-State ensembles. Their hard work, diligent practice, and passion for music has earned them their chairs at All-State. I know they are going to be excellent representatives for Springfield at the festival as individuals and as musicians."

The student musicians who qualify will perform at the annual PMEA All-State Festival at the Kalahari Resort in The Poconos, Pennsylvania April 8-9, 2022. Nationally recognized conductors at the convention direct the groups who rehearse for two days and conclude with a performance. Learn more about the event and the guest conductors at:

About PMEA
The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the musical development of all Pennsylvanians. The present membership evolved from a small group of band directors dating from 1933. Today, the organization includes those engaged in music instruction at all levels, from preschool through college and university, as well as those in the music industry, merchandising and publishing. The organization promotes and 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. For more information about PMEA visit, call 610-562-9757 or follow the organization on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube.