Students to perform at PMEA conference

Members of the high school’s renowned choral and orchestra programs will have the honor of representing the Williamsport School District at the PMEA state conference this spring.

On April 19, select members of the choir and symphony orchestra will perform at the prestigious Pennsylvania Music Educators’ Conference in Erie.

Directed by Mr. Kent Weaver, the group will perform Ola Gjielo’s “Sunrise Mass for Chorus and Orchestra.” Gjielo’s piece, written and sung in Latin, is a four-movement, 32-minute long performance.

“Mr. Weaver gave it [the music] to us right away in the fall,” recalled senior Olivia Caringi, “but he didn’t tell us what it was for.”

Students practiced and recorded the piece then submitted it to the PMEA board for a blind audition.

The group was chosen from a pool of 130 schools from across the state to perform at the Conference.

“It allows us to showcase our school’s musical talent,” said Caringi.

Students have been working diligently to perfect the piece all year and are eagerly anticipating the performance in April.

“It’s just such a great opportunity for our school!” said senior Dante Miele-Elion.