This program has been established in honor of PMEA Executive Director Emerita Margaret Bauer.

Purpose

To provide grants to qualifying PMEA members who require funding for professional development, resources, equipment, or creative projects which will enhance music instruction, student learning and forward the mission of PMEA.

Requirements

  • Applicant must be a current active PMEA member and have been a member for at least one year prior to the grant request.
  • Applicants must complete the application form. No incomplete forms will be considered.
  • Applicants will be interviewed by the selection committee as part of the application process.
  • If selected for a grant, the recipient will submit a report to the committee within thirty days of completion of the professional development or project and write an article for the PMEA News based on the results.
  • If a request is denied it may resubmitted the following year. Members are eligible to apply for one grant every five years.

Funding

The maximum amount awarded for a single grant will be $1000.00. Grant money may not be used for transportation or hotel costs associated with conference attendance.

For - Pennsylvania High School Seniors who have been accepted at a college or university to major in music education. A maximum of 20 students will be chosen from the applications submitted.

Purpose - To present a series of experiences within these students’ chosen career path, in a professional setting.
Students will be making connections with their future peers and mentors, creating a support system for their career preparation, and having opportunities to discuss and reflect on all aspects of their future careers with college music education majors and professional educators.

When - Running concurrently with the 2024 PMEA Annual Conference, April 17-20 at the Erie Bayfront Convention Center. The program will begin on Wednesday evening, April 17 and conclude on Saturday, April 20 following the All-State Band & Orchestra Concert.

Requirements--Students should be in high academic standing. Applications will be chosen based on academic achievement, participation in musical activities and courses, participation in the community and leadership experience.

Cost - $450 (includes conference registration, chaperoned housing and meals at the convention center during the event) 

To be paid by sponsoring school district, or booster group, or possible scholarship from student’s TRI-M chapter or PMEA District, or individual family. A student accepted for this program, with his/her sponsoring HS director/PMEA member’s help and advice, is responsible for payment of fee.

Evidence of acceptance into a college program for music education, letters of recommendation, personal statement, copy of grades (transcript), cumulative average and class rank, and sponsorship by the PMEA HS director are required in the online application. *If a decision has not yet been made and/or the student is deciding between multiple schools, documentation should be included for each school being considered. If acceptance has not yet been received, attach proof of application to an accredited college, university or conservatory for the study of Music Education.

Application Deadline – Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Conflict of Opportunity - If a student chosen for this program also qualifies for an All-State performing ensemble, they will have the opportunity to choose which program to accept.

Questions? Please email fmehs@pmea.net

The 2024 PMEA All-State Band (Concert Band/Wind Ensemble) Seating Auditions will take place online via Submittable beginning Thursday, February 29 and will close at Noon on Wednesday, March 6.  The excerpts will be selected from the 2024 PMEA All-State Concert Band and Wind Ensemble folders. 

*Those who do not wish to receive a ranking for the All-State Ensemble do not have to complete the seating audition, however they will be seated last in the Ensemble.  

**There is no fee to submit the 2024 All-State Band (Concert Band/Wind Ensemble) Seating Audition application.
 

Concert Band Excerpts

Wind Ensemble Excerpts
 

The student or the director can create the account in Submittable where the application will be submitted. *Please note that a confirmation email will be sent to the email address on the Submittable account under which the application is submitted.  
 

Instructions:   
    1.  No identifying clothing may be worn (i.e. no school t-shirts, no name identification, no PMEA, NAfME All Eastern or National shirts).  Additionally, please do not include any identifying information in the video file name or in the content of the recording (i.e. your name or school name) .  
    2.   The “Window of Opportunity” to Audition runs from Thursday, February 29 at Noon and will close at Noon on Wednesday, March 6. A confirmation email will be sent to the address used to register with SUBMITTABLE once an application is submitted. Please check your SPAM filters for any communications and also check with your IT Administrator if a school email address is used and no email is received.  
    3. The Audition excerpts must be recorded from start to finish without cuts and/or splices. Submit one video recording for each audition excerpt; label the file with the name of the excerpt. To obtain the best audio quality, a good microphone as well as high-end computers or digital recording devices for the recording equipment are suggested. NO EAR BUDS or HEADPHONES are permitted to be used in the recording.
    4. The director is asked to view the file and verify the recorded audition is consistent with the student’s level of performance.  

 

**Percussion students will submit via the separate percussion specific audition form.
 

 **    
    Tips for recordings in Submittable:
    The maximum video size is 4GB – the larger the video, the longer it will take to load
    Small rooms with good acoustic qualities will create the best recording
    A good microphone and a good piece of recording equipment (high end computer or digital recording device) are the two things that can most improve a recording
    For help with Submittable - contact support@submittable.com

The 2024 PMEA All-State Band (Concert Band/Wind Ensemble) Seating Auditions will take place online via Submittable beginning Thursday, February 29 and will close at Noon on Wednesday, March 6.  The excerpts will be selected from the 2024 PMEA All-State Concert Band and Wind Ensemble folders. 

*Those who do not wish to receive a ranking for the All-State Ensemble do not have to complete the seating audition, however they will be seated last in the Ensemble. 

 **There is no fee to submit the 2024 All-State Band (Concert Band/Wind Ensemble) Seating Audition application. 


Concert Band Excerpts
Wind Ensemble Excerpts


    The student or the director can create the account in Submittable where the application will be submitted. *Please note that a confirmation email will be sent to the email address on the Submittable account under which the application is submitted.  

Instructions:   
    1.  No identifying clothing may be worn (i.e. no school t-shirts, no name identification, no PMEA, NAfME All Eastern or National shirts).  Additionally, please do not include any identifying information in the video file name or in the content of the recording (i.e. your name or school name).  
 

2.   The “Window of Opportunity” to Audition runs from Thursday, February 29 at Noon and will close at Noon on Wednesday, March 6. A confirmation email will be sent to the address used to register with SUBMITTABLE once an application is submitted. Please check your SPAM filters for any communications and also check with your IT Administrator if a school email address is used and no email is received.  
 

3. The Audition excerpts must be recorded from start to finish without cuts and/or splices. Submit one video recording for each audition excerpt; label the file with the name of the excerpt. To obtain the best audio quality, a good microphone as well as high-end computers or digital recording devices for the recording equipment are suggested. NO EAR BUDS or HEADPHONES are permitted to be used in the recording.
 

4. The director is asked to view the file and verify the recorded audition is consistent with the student’s level of performance.    
   **Wind students will submit via the separate non-percussion audition form. **   
 

Tips for recordings in Submittable:
    The maximum video size is 4GB – the larger the video, the longer it will take to load
    Small rooms with good acoustic qualities will create the best recording
    A good microphone and a good piece of recording equipment (high end computer or digital recording device) are the two things that can most improve a recording
    For help with Submittable - contact support@submittable.com