Director of Choral Studies Dr. Ryan Beeken conducted the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Honor Choir in Hershey, Pa., on March 30 through April 2, 2016.
Conducting an All-State ensemble is one of the top honors and forms of scholarship available to conductor-teachers. Since 2013, Beeken has led more than 25 honor choirs in 13 different states. Receiving the invitation to lead 240 of the top high school vocal students from IUP's home state is especially import. IUP Department of Music faculty members Kevin Eisensmith (trumpet), Heidi Lucas (horn), and Zachary Collins (tuba) collaborated with Beeken during the festival.