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FCASD Elementary Music Teacher Named Winner of PMEA Award

Fox Chapel Area School District elementary instrumental music teacher Dennis Emert has been selected as the 2020 recipient of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) James R. Stewart Distinguished Service Award.  The award was created to recognize outstanding service to the PMEA, reflecting the dedication and commitment demonstrated by PMEA past President Jim Stewart.

Dennis Emert

According to a letter from PMEA Executive Director Abigail Young, the award is a small token of gratitude for Emert’s support and commitment to the PMEA throughout the years.  Mr. Emert will be retiring at the end of the current school year after 20 years of service in the Fox Chapel Area School District.  He is in his 33rd year of teaching.

“It was no surprise to me that the vote was unanimous – your dedication to PMEA and your hard work on PMEA’s behalf is well known,” Young said.  

Fox Chapel Area School District’s Executive Director of Elementary Education and Instruction, Ashley Constantine, Ed.D., said Emert’s dedication to students is second-to-none.

“He is a shining example for our district, and this award is certainly well deserved,” Constantine said.

The award will be presented at a breakfast on April 25 as part of the 2020 PMEA Annual In-Service Conference at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center in the Pocono Mountains.

Emert currently teaches band at Fairview and Kerr Elementary schools.  He has served the PMEA as president, president-elect, and past-president of the state organization, as well as Districts 1 and 3.  He has served on the board of the PMEA for a total of 17 years.  Emert was also instrumental in starting the PMEA’s composition contest and served on the Eastern Division Board of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).  He also served as the 2019 All-East Ensemble general chair for the Eastern Division NAfME Conference.

The PMEA is the Pennsylvania state-level affiliate of the NAfME.  It is a nonprofit organization of more than 4,500 members dedicated to promoting the musical development of all Pennsylvanians.  

The NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations and is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education.  The NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.  The association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.