HONESDALE – Members of the Honesdale High School chorus will be taking part in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Region Chorus Festival, set for Feb. 26-28 at Milton Area High School.
PMEA sponsors music festivals for band, chorus and orchestra each year, at the District, Regional and State levels.
Honesdale students attending Regionals are Kylee Freiermuth, Olivia Frigoletto, Nick Jennings and Clay Hewlett.
The students are selected to participate through an audition process held in the fall and prepare their music in advance of the festival.
Once at the festival, they audition again for chair placement and advancement to the next level. For this purpose the state is divided into 12 districts and six regions.
The district is part of Region IV, which is made up of District 8 and 9, encompasses a 14 county area stretching from Wellsboro in the West, Lewistown and Shamokin in the South, Susquehanna in the North and reaching to New York State in the East.
District 9 includes schools from Lackawanna, Luzerne, Wayne, Wyoming and Susquehanna counties.
Frigoletto is a junior and an alto 2. This is her first time attending regionals.
“I'm excited and honored to be able to go,” she said. “I'm looking forward to singing with a bunch of people who enjoy the same thing I do.”
She added it will be a new experience.
Jennings is a senior and a tenor 1. He also attended the Region IV Band Festival last week.
This is his first time attending regional choir.
“I'm looking forward to seeing what it's like,” Jennings stated. “I'm happy I got to move to the next level.”
He added the festivals for chorus and band are similar, yet different.
“There are different vibes,” Jennings said. “I had a lot of fun at districts. I love both [band and chorus].
“It's so exciting I finally made it [to regionals]. It adds to what senior year already offers.”
Hewlett is a junior and a bass 1. This is his second time attending regionals.
“I'm happy to go back,” he said. “I'm going to work harder to make states. I'm also looking forward to meeting people and making new friends.”
Hewlett added it's a different experience each time he attends a festival.
“There are different languages for the music, different tempos we're not accustomed to and there are different directors,” he stated.
Freiermuth is a junior and a soprano 2. This is her second time attending regionals.
“I'm really surprised and excited to go back,” she said.
She added she had four days to learn the music for districts. She was an alternate for that festival.
“It was a shock to get to go back,” Freiermuth stated. “I like making friends and creating beautiful music. There's always something you can bring back with you [that you learn].”
Erin Canedy, who is the substitute director while Martha Curtis is on maternity leave, said she's excited to join the students at regionals.
“I've never been to the festivals as a student, but as a teacher it's fun to see them in it,” she said. “It's a good experience and they benefit from it. I also learn from the other directors.”