HONESDALE – A member of the Honesdale High School choir will be taking part in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Regional Chorus Festival, which started Wednesday and ends Friday.
The festival is taking place at Nanticoke High School.
Emily DeCrotie, junior, advanced to regionals as a soprano 1 during the district festival, which took place in February at Lackawanna Trail High School.
PMEA sponsors music festivals for band, chorus and orchestra each year, at the District, Regional and State levels.
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 event, 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.
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.
Wayne Highlands is part of District 9, which includes schools from Lackawanna, Luzerne, Wayne, Wyoming and Susquehanna counties.
This year is DeCrotie's first time attending the district and regional festivals.
“I had a lot of fun,” she said about districts.
“I liked singing with really talented people around my age. We also stood in a mixed formation so I was between a bass and an alto.
“It was a different experience that we don't have here.”
DeCrotie added she's excited to participate at regionals.
“I'm excited to represent my school at regionals,” she said. “It's going to get better from here.
“It's a more elite group [of singers].”
While DeCrotie is at regionals, she will also be trying out for the state competition.
She said she will definitely be trying out again for the festivals next year.
Martha Curtis, director, said she's happy DeCrotie will get the experience.
“It's the same number of kids from a larger area,” she said. “She'll get to meet new people from all over the region.
“The caliber of the music is tougher. She's worked hard to prepare.”
Curtis added there are a lot of foreign songs at this year's concert.
“That's quite a challenge, but it will be good experience for her,” she stated.