A pair of Palmerton Area High School student musicians are primed to take their harmonious talents to the next level.
Lydia Anthony, a senior, and Laurel Seemiller, a junior, will represent Palmerton in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Region 5 Band events.
Anthony, who plays the flute, will perform in the Region 5 Chorus Festival March 8-10 at Waynesboro Area High School. The festival concert will take place at 2 p.m. March 10. The host director for the Region festival will be Eric M. Griffith, while the Guest Conductor will be Dr. Stephen Barr.
Anthony, who said she preps her own music, participated in the PMEA District 10 Chorus Festival last month.
"I was not expecting it at all," Anthony said. "To know that I qualified [for Regionals] was a huge relief and accomplishment that my hard work paid off."
Anthony has set her sights high for her next challenge.
"My goal is to qualify for states," she said. "I'm going to push myself to accomplish the next level."
Seemiller, who plays the French horn, will perform in the Region 5 Band Festival Feb. 24-25 at Chambersburg High School. The host director and Guest Conductor are to be announced.
She participated in the PMEA District 10 Band Festival.
"I practiced all summer," Seemiller said. "Now that I've qualified for Regionals, it's amazing; I'm so excited and honored."
Seemiller said she intends to put her best foot forward at Regionals.
"Making states would be great, but I don't expect to," she said. "I hope to do the best that I can for Regionals."
Seemiller said music has always been a huge part of her life.
"I've loved music since I was really little," she said. "When you're playing music, you don't think of anything else; just music."
District 10 is comprised of schools from Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Schuylkill, Monroe, Berks and Pike counties.
Each of the 12 PMEA districts in the state hosts a district level Band Chorus, and Orchestra Festival. The membership from each of these organizations is re-auditioned, and the top students advance to one of the six region level festivals throughout the state.
District 10 combines with District 7, which represents the Harrisburg area and south central Pennsylvania, and is the largest district in the state, to create the Region 5 Band.
The process repeats itself, and the six region bands are combined to form one All State Band, Orchestra, and Choir, which performs in April at the PMEA State conference.
The mission of PMEA is to advance music education by encouraging excellence in the study, teaching and making of music.
It seeks to promote and support quality music education, learning and performance, as well as music education in schools and communities.
For information on PMEA, or on music education and music advocacy, visit www.pmeadistrict10.org .