Claire Sheen, a junior at MMI Preparatory School, has qualified to perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Region 9 and 10 orchestra festival.
Sheen, the daughter of Kwangsup and Chaeyun Sheen, Mountaintop, was selected for the competition after she placed second out of 14 cellists in the prior competition, the PMEA District 9 orchestra festival.
The PMEA Regional 9 and 10 Orchestra Festival will be held Feb. 26 to 28 at Easton Area High School, with Gary D. White serving as guest conductor.
Sheen will be the first MMI student to participate in a regional orchestra festival. This year’s festival will include performers from two districts that encompass a total of 12 Pennsylvania counties.
PMEA District 9 is comprised of Luzerne, Lackawanna, Wayne, Wyoming and Susquehanna counties, and District 10 is comprised of Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Pike and Schuylkill counties.
The mission of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) is to advance music education by encouraging excellence in the study, teaching, and making of music. The organization focuses on promoting and supporting quality music education, learning and performance, and support music education in schools and communities.
The PMEA is a service organization to music education in the Commonwealth and an affiliate of the 65,000-member Music Educators National Conference (MENC). The membership includes those engaged in music instruction at all levels, from preschool through college and university, retired educators and as those in music industry. PMEA provides leadership in professional growth and offers special opportunities for musical development to school students.