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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

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