WCMEA Summer News

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It’s been quite a year and summer is here! Get ready to relax, refresh, reorganize and rejuvenate! WCMEA would like to congratulate you and thank you for all your hard work and dedication this year! BRAVO!

Membership Renewal

Please renew your membership by August 31!

Please renew your membership as soon as possible. You can do it conveniently online or fill out the form provided there and send it by August 31 to:

Jaime West
WCMEA Secretary/Treasurer
904 Kunkle Ave.
Greensburg, PA 15601

Please note: this is a new address!

Festival Updates

Here’s what’s been happening and what’s coming!

Thank you to our 2016-17 Festival Hosts!
The festivals this year were all a great success!  Thank you to all of our hosts.  Excellent organization, hospitality and concerts.  Our students enjoyed their experiences and so did we!
* Senior High Chorus: Sue Ann Herd at Mt. Pleasant
* Senior High Band: Tim Sheridan at Greater Latrobe
* Junior High Chorus: Jeff Fox, Renee Rumbaugh and Jacqueline Hammill at Penn Trafford
* Junior High Band: Josh Jordan at Greater Latrobe
* 6th Grade Chorus: Paula Sokol and Joyce Cunningham at Belle Vernon
* 5th/6th Grade Band: Julia Aughenbaugh and Aaron Knoechel at Yough

Festivals Coming Soon…to a school near you!
2017-18 Festivals
We are grateful to the gracious volunteers for our upcoming festivals! Mark your calendars now and be on the lookout in the fall for information from your 2017-18 hosts!
* Senior High Chorus: Jackie Hammill at Penn Trafford
~ November 16-17, 2017
* Senior High Band: Don Green at Yough
~ November 30-December 1, 2017
* Junior High Chorus: Melanie Callas at Greensburg Salem
~ April 6, 2018
* Junior High Band: Brian Querry at Belle Vernon
~ March 9-10, 2018
* 6th Grade Chorus: Leslie Korns, Nancy Flinner, Dan Laurtizen at Hempfield
* 5th/6th Grade Band: Mike Menzietti, Ashley Stevenson, Tom Milchick at Greater Latrobe
~ March 23, 2018

Congratulations Retirees!

We will miss you! We have some pretty amazing teachers in Westmoreland County! We would like to recognize all of our retirees and thank you so much for your dedication and service!

Please remember that you are invited to attend our Fall Meeting in 2017 for FREE as a recent retiree so that we can recognize you for all your hard work…and you can tell us how amazing retirement is!

We know of the following retirees… If we missed you or someone in your district, please contact Nicole Wolfgang so that we can add you to our list!  Congratulations!

Jim Julian ~ Derry Area
Debbie King ~ Greater Latrobe
Dave Cremonese ~ Greater Latrobe
Tammy Hampshire ~ Kiski Area
Erin Blystone ~ Mount Pleasant
Fred King ~ Norwin
Dan Muchoney ~ Norwin

Articles – Check it out!

Here is a little music inspiration for you!

Ukulele is taking the world by storm… and it is a great tool for your classroom!  Here’s a great article about the ukulele’s therapeutic value.

Law students at Duquesne University are taking a unique approach to handling the stress of finals: They are learning the ukulele.

Click here to read the article!

Something Special

Check it out!  WCMEA’s own Brian Querry of Burrell was one of the 290 national quarter-finalists for the 2017 Grammy Music Educator of the Year Award!

Not only was Brian a quarter-finalist for the Grammy, but he was also one of the 25 national semi-finalists for the Music & Arts Music Educator of the Year Award!   Brian also will be up for the 2018 Grammy Music Educator Award as a “Legacy Entrant.”

Grammy Music Educator Award:
The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.

Click here to read more!

Music & Arts Award:
Brian was one of the 25 semi-finalists.  There were a total of over 2,000 applicants from across the country.  The awardee is selected and evaluated based on the following criteria:
* Ingenuity in their academic program and design
* Excellence in band performance
* Creativity in program growth
* Leadership influence and impact in their respective communities.

The award was presented at the Music & Arts Awards Program at the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, IL in December, which  Brian and his wife attended.

Click here to read even MORE!

Congratulations Brian!!
Brian and his wife at the Music & Arts Awards Program in Chicago

Need your strings to sing?!

Local guidance counselor is offering guidance for your stringed instruments!

disclaimer: Joe Golden and Westmoreland String Workshop is not affiliated with or sponsored by WCMEA.  We are passing on his information as a professional courtesy.

Ever wonder where you fit in our county?  This map shows your piece of the puzzle.

Thanks for all you do and have a relaxing and wonderful summer!

~Nicole Wolfgang, WCMEA President
I can be reached at home over the summer: nikki_wolfgang@yahoo.com or 724-537-6434.

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