Professor Ryan Beeken, director of Choral Studies, served as the guest conductor for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 3 Elementary Honor Choir on Friday, February 1, 2013, in Fisher Auditorium.
The PMEA regularly hosts choral festivals accross the state and invites prominent conductor-teachers to lead singers through a day of learning, culminating in an evening concert.
This year's District 3 Elementary chorus featured over 230 fourth- through sixth-grade students from western Pennsylvania. Because of the large number, the students were divided into two choirs. Beeken was joined by Derrick Fox, of Michigan State University, who conducted the second ensemble.
Professor Laura Ferguson served as event host, and Professor Stanley Chepaitis performed a beautiful collaboration with the choirs.