2022 PMEA Harp Audition Instructions:

1. Directors who wish to have their students (grades 10-12 only) considered for selection should: Complete the application form with payment ($15.00). The Director must be a current PMEA member. All student applicants must upload a headshot photo - (ABOVE the SHOULDERS) labeled LAST NAME, FIRST NAME (i.e. Smith, John) 

2. The Audition selections must be submitted online via SUBMITTABLE. The audition selections must be recorded from start to finish without cuts and/or splices. SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS on how to submit EACH SELECTION are listed BELOW as well as on the SUBMITTABLE Application. ARMS, FINGERS and HEAD must be visible when submitting the application for recording. NO EAR BUDS or HEADPHONES are permitted to be used in the recording. The best camera angle would be behind or at a side angle of the applicant with a clear view of the hands and music. 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. 

3. 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 (student name/school name) in the video file name or in the contents of the recording. 

4. The “Window of Opportunity” to submit begins Monday, 10/11/2021 and ends at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, 11/7/2021. A confirmation email will be sent to the address used to register with Submittable. 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. *If a harpist submits an upload at the district level, but does not participate in the District festival because there were no harp parts in the festival program, the same ranking would hold for Region Orchestra. If no harp parts are needed for Regions, the same ranking would hold for the PMEA All-State orchestra in the event a harpist is needed for the All-State program. 

5. The director is asked to view the file and verify the recorded audition is consistent with the student’s level of performance. 

6. Although PMEA checks to ensure the videos play in the correct format and the file can be opened- PMEA is NOT responsible for the content repertoire of the video. Please follow the repertoire and file labeling instructions. 

7. The 2022 PMEA All-State Harpist will be announced and posted online (www.pmea.net) on Tuesday 11/23/2021.

SUBMITTABLE RECORDING INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Record EACH TITLE separately.
  2. Announce (speak clearly) each selection by TITLE on the Video Recording before playing the musical selection.
  3. LABEL THE FILE with the SELECTION TITLE from the list.

The PMEA Citation of Excellence is awarded to a member (elementary, middle, high school educator or Higher Education/Music Supervisor) from each PMEA district. This year's nominees must be PMEA member music educators at the Elementary/Middle School Level.


The nomination form must be completed by the nominator (must be a PMEA member) and must include answers to three questions from both the nominator AND the administrator (principal/superintendent/dean) of the nominee. Be specific in regards to the accomplishments, teaching schedule, special teaching techniques and/or outreach activities of the nominee. Other PMEA members may also provide a letter of recommendation for the nominee.     


The three questions are: 

  1.  Provide a brief description of the job responsibilities of the nominee (courses taught, extra-curricular activities, number of schools, leadership actions, etc.)  
  2. What makes this person an appropriate choice for this award? (exceptional activities, outreach programs, community involvement, PMEA involvement, etc.?)  
  3. How long have you known the nominee and in what capacity?    


Deadline to submit is Wednesday, December 15. Awardees (one from each district of PMEA) will be recognized during the 2022 PMEA Annual Conference (April 6-9 at Kalahari Resort & Conference Center) as well as in a virtual presentation, which will take place in May.

The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s Hall of Fame was begun in 2008 to honor music educators who, by virtue of their contributions, are recognized as being the most highly regarded professional leaders in music education in the state of Pennsylvania.


Criteria for Nomination:
Nominee must:  

  • be, or have been, an active member of PMEA; 
  • be, or have been, employed by a school system/s or college/s within Pennsylvania for a minimum of 15 years;  
  • have demonstrated effectiveness in teaching young people through music and the ability to inspire positive attitudes among students, school, community, and members of PMEA;  
  • have demonstrated excellence in teaching or administration in music; 
  • have developed, maintained, or supported an effective, balanced program in music education;  have demonstrated the highest ideals and professional integrity during time of service.   

 The award may be presented to an active music teacher, retired music teacher, or may be awarded posthumously.

Any member of PMEA may submit a nomination for this award. Required nomination materials include:

  • completed nomination form
  • three letters of recommendation setting forth nominees qualification related to above criteria for nomination
  • photograph of nominee

SELECTION PROCESS
The Past State Officers Council will serve as the selection committee. The selected nominee will be recognized during the 2022 PMEA Annual Conference (April 6-9 at Kalahari Resort & Conference Center) as well as in a virtual presentation, which will take place in May.

Deadline to submit is Wednesday, December 15

The James R. Stewart Memorial award is given annually to a PMEA member who has gone above and beyond in his/her service to PMEA. The award was established in 1999 in honor of PMEA Past President Jim Stewart, the only president who has served two terms (1974-1976 and 1990-1992). Jim passed away on Sept. 24, 2013.

Criteria may include length of service at the district and/or state level, multiple PMEA offices, NAfME Eastern Division and/or National Office. Any member of PMEA may submit a nomination for this award. 

The selected nominee will be recognized during the 2022 PMEA Annual Conference (April 6-9 at Kalahari Resort & Conference Center) as well as in a virtual presentation, which will take place in May.

Deadline to submit is Wednesday, December 15.

This award is given to a superintendent who has demonstrated active and continuing support for an outstanding and well-balanced music program in his/her school district. It is give in recognition of that support and the importance PMEA places on the cooperation necessary between administration and faculty for successful education programs in the public schools of Pennsylvania.


QUALIFICATIONS
A nominee should be: a skillful administrator as demonstrated by personal attitude and philosophy; support music as an integral part of the total school curriculum; have sensitivity to unique program requirements in terms of space, equipment, staffing, scheduling and financial support; leadership in providing opportunities for staff development, community and school board support and by the results shown in terms of program development and improvement under his/her administration. Nominators will need to show evidence of: financial support; a variety of music opportunities for students; music program expansion, growth and/or improvement during the superintendent's tenure; accomplishments of music program under the superintendent's leadership; superintendent's involvement and support for the music program; and a sense of legacy that endures in the program because of the nominee. *Nominee should have served in his/her current position as school superintendent for at least five years.*


SELECTION PROCESS
The Past State Officers Council will serve as the selection committee. The selected nominee will be recognized during the 2022 PMEA Annual Conference (April 6-9 at Kalahari Resort & Conference Center) as well as in a virtual presentation, which will take place in May.

Deadline to submit is Wednesday, December 15.

The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s Outstanding Young Music Educator Award was created to recognize and honor a PMEA member for excellence in music education who has been teaching three to five years.


The recipient will receive complimentary registration for the Spring and Summer Conferences the following school year. The recipient will be asked to participate in the Leadership Academy, if they have not already done so. The recipient may also be asked to participate in a leadership workshop held at one of the conferences.

  1. The nominee must be a PMEA member
  2. The nominee must be actively teaching in Pennsylvania
  3. The nominee must be in his/her third through fifth year of teaching
  4. A resume of the nominee must be included highlighting their contributions to music education and PMEA
  5. At least three letters of recommendation must accompany the official nomination. These must be collected by the primary nominator (A PMEA member), and forwarded with the official nomination form. The following sources should be represented:
  • An administrator from the nominee's current program
  • Another PMEA member
  • A current student or parent

6. Letters of recommendation should answer the following questions. Be brief, but specific.

  • In what ways has the nominee demonstrated by example the basic principles and characteristics of an outstanding music educator, and promise for sustaining contributions to the field of music education?
  • In what ways does the nominee evidence excellence in music making?
  • How does the nominee develop and sustain growth within his/her program?
  • How has the nominee's teaching made an impact on students?
  • How has the nominee shown motivation toward professional growth and involvement?

** If there are any materials you receive after submitting the form that you would like to have added to the submission, please email them to Abi Young at abiyoung@pmea.net
Nominators of candidates not selected may reapply in the future, provided the candidate meets the criteria.

SELECTION PROCESS
The Past State Officers Council will serve as the selection committee. The selected nominee will be recognized during the 2022 PMEA Annual Conference (April 6-9 at Kalahari Resort & Conference Center) as well as in a virtual presentation, which will take place in May.

Deadline to submit is Wednesday, December 15.