Moon Area High School junior violinist, Alyssa Lucente, and sophomore flautist, Lauren Radeschi, were recently named 2020 All-State musicians by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) despite the association's state festivals being cancelled this year due to COVID-19.
The PMEA District Orchestra was held at Chartiers Valley High School in January where three MAHS students advanced to the Western Region Orchestra: senior bassoonist, Alex Owczarzak; junior violinist, Alyssa Lucente; and sophomore flautist, Lauren Radeschi.
Due to the school closures, regional competitions were not held; however, students were still able to audition remotely for the All-State Orchestra Festival. After auditions and deliberations completed, Alyssa Lucente and Lauren Radeschi advanced to be named 2020 All-State musicians.
During January and February, students across the state participate in various band, orchestra, and choir festivals sponsored by PMEA. These festivals provide additional enriching experiences to dedicated music students. During these festivals, which are hosted by local high schools, students rehearse eight to ten hours a day with a guest conductor who is either a collegiate professor or industry professional. At the end of the festival, students perform a public concert on the music in which they have rehearsed during the festival. The students rehearse and perform with the best music students in the state of Pennsylvania
Only about 15-20% of students from 12 schools and 6 regions who begin at the district level advance to the state level to represent their school district. Moon Area High School is extremely proud to have two band/orchestra students participating and representing MASD in this prestigious event.