Elementary Students Chosen for String Festival
Nine Fox Chapel Area School District elementary school students were recently selected to perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 1 Elementary String Festival. The participating Fox Chapel Area students were Fairview Elementary School fifth grader Jeremy Lee; Hartwood Elementary School fifth graders Rayna Huang and JinLiang Zhang; Kerr Elementary School fifth graders Malik Choset, Daniel Kwiatkowski, and Mya Wilson; and O’Hara Elementary School fifth graders Anna Delale-O’Connor, Hyunoh Ro, and Sarah Voigt.
The festival included more than 130 of the best fifth and sixth grade string players from Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland counties. The students practiced together, participated in master classes, and performed a concert March 2, 2018, at North Hills Middle School under the direction of guest conductor Dr. Stephen Benham. Dr. Benham is an associate professor of music education and director of graduate studies at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University.