County schools join in OMEA festival

Staff report

Fulton County high school and middle school students will be among more than 600 students from more than 40 school districts across northwest Ohio to participate in the annual Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) District 1 Honors Festival Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Stranahan Theater in Toledo.

The students were selected through either an audition or application process to participate in these high caliber orchestra, band or choral ensembles conducted by special guest clinicians.

The middle school honors orchestra, choir and band performances will begin at 2:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., the high school honors orchestra, choir and band ensembles will perform.

The concert is free and open to the public.

OMEA District 1 is comprised of all schools from Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Williams, and Wood counties. Participating Fulton County schools districts include Archbold, Evergreen, Fayette, Delta, Swanton, and Wauseon.

Three of the six guest clinicians come from the music departments at four-year universities, including the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University.

Dr. Bradley Pierson, director of Choral Activities at the University of Toledo, will direct 135 vocalists in the High School Honors Choir. Dr. Lisa Martin, assistant professor of Music Education at Bowling Green State University, will conduct 109 instrumentalists in the Middle School Honors Band.

Pierson joined the faculty at the UT Department of Music in 2015. He has a Bachelor of Music degree from UNLV, a Masters of Music degree from California State University-Los Angeles, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Washington.

Martin holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Illinois, and a Masters of Music Education and Doctorate from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Scott Boerma, associate professor and Director of Bands at Western Michigan University’s School of Music, will conduct 88 instrumentalists in the High School Honors Band. He is conductor of the University Symphonic Band and Western Winds at Western Michigan University, and received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Western Michigan University, his Masters of Music from the University of Music ,and his Doctor of Musical Arts at Michigan State University.

OMEA District 1 also welcomes:

* Sara Given, Hilliard Schools Orchestra Director, conducting 94 instrumentalists in the Middle School Honors Orchestra

* Dirk Eachus, Mansfield City Schools Choral Director, conducting 121 vocalists in the Middle School Honors Choir

* Dr. Angela Santangelo, Princeton City School District, Cincinnati, conducting 73 string students in the High School Honors Orchestra

The festival is co-chaired by Eric West of Defiance City Schools and Kristen Woodard of Evergreen Local School District.

OMEA District 1 Officers are Travis Pennell, President, Springfield Local Schools; Eric Boswell, President-Elect, Maumee City Schools; Kent Vandock, Past President, Archbold Area Schools; and Ben Lupo, Secretary/Treasurer, Bryan City School District.

Staff report