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Let Region V Chorus Members Reaudition for PMEA State Chorus

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The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, or PMEA, is an organization that allows music educators and students to collaborate in various ways, including yearly festivals, such as District, Region, and State Band, Orchestra, Jazz, and Chorus. The Region V Chorus festival, a three-day festival comprised of the top 206 student singers and pianists from Districts 7 and 10, due to inclement weather, was cancelled on February 14, 2014. Along with the cancellation came the decision that students would not be permitted to reaudition for PMEA State Chorus. Rather, Region V has chosen that the top 3 ranked students in each voice part from each of the two participating districts would automatically advance to State Chorus. This ranking was based off of the the reaudition held at the respective District Chorus festivals, in which students qualified for Region Chorus. However, this decision directly violates the PMEA by-laws for festival qualification, as they state that reauditions must be held, despite whether or not a festival was cancelled. The 206 students who have vehemently worked, spent time outside of their already busy schedules, and prepared the music for reaudition are now being denied the opportunity to let their hard work be shown and accounted for. As students, directors, and supporters of the arts in Pennsylvania, this issue cannot be overlooked. Students have worked long hours for this audition, and simply bypassing it renders that work useless. The decision made by Region V is disappointing for students, directors, and for the Region V community, as it negates the purpose of the festival and reauditions, and brings the integrity and credibility of the Region in to question. Policy is written for a reason, and must be upheld, even in scenarios in which the proper solution is inconvenient. Signing this petition brings awareness of the strong feelings of those directly impacted by the decision to the PMEA representatives. Please show your support for the students and members that have been adversely affected by this decision.



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