District choir competition hosted at BEA
District choir competition hosted at BEA
Brit Milazzo

Eleven Bald Eagle Area students are hoping they make it to the regional level of an annual state music festival. The high school was the host of the 2018 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 4 Chorus Festival held Jan. 25-27.

Choir Director Ryan Wade said districts are part of a statewide initiative that promotes music education in schools through different avenues, including a festival system. There are 12 districts in the commonwealth hosting similar events. BEA is part of District 4, which includes more than 180 students from 25 high school from Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata and Mifflin counties who participate in the fest.

On Jan. 25, students rehearsed with guest conductor Mitos Andaya Hart from Temple University, and then went into the audition process. Results will be available by the end of the festival.

“It takes a lot of lessons,” Wade said. “There is a lot of individual practice, and then I work them as well. That’s pretty much the way it works with all directors.”

Each year, a handful of BEA students make it to the regional level, Wade said. The last time a BEA student made it to states was in 2012.

BEA chorus will perform 11 a.m. Jan. 27 as the finale to the event, and will feature nine songs including one by Hart.