Professional Development Day

PMEA District 7

Join us! Monday, October 8 at Manheim Central Middle School

On-site registration will be available with current PMEA and/or PADESTA member card for the $40 member fee.

PMEA and/or PADESTA Members $40

Non-Members $75

Collegiate Members $15

Schedule at a Glance

7 - 8 am - Registration and Continental Breakfast

8 - 8:15 am - Welcome

8:15 - 9 am - Opening with Mansfield University Wind Ensemble

9 - 12:10 pm - Morning Sessions

12:10- 1 pm - Lunch -provided in cafeteria

1 - 3:30 pm - Afternoon sessions


Ryan Kelly - West Chester University

Adam Brennan - Mansfield University

Steve Selfridge - Garnet Valley School District

Beth Lavendar - Hempfield School District

*Act 48 credit will be available

*Bring your instrument for sessions - see descriptions

Sponsors: PADESTA, Menchey Music, J. W. Pepper, Hall Leonard, and Losers Music Store

Register online here..................Deadline September 30

Session Tracks

Participants may choose from any track throughout the day.
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Special Performance by the Mansfield University Wind Ensemble

Dr. Ryan Kelly - Choral Headliner

Effective and Artistic Conducting: Gestures that Communicate and Elicit Musicianship

Well-intentioned conductors often confuse singers and inhibit expressive singing with gestures that are generic and less artistic than they could be. Kelly will identify specific, functional conducting gestures that elicit more artistic singing from singers. Just as singers should emphasize beats, syllables, and words differently in beautifully sung phrases, so conductors should weight their conducting beats differently to influence them more effectively. This hands-on session invites participants to conduct, sing, and volunteer as everyone experiments with the effects of active and passive conducting gestures. Musical examples will be provided to help conductors master gestures that reflect the types of phrasing, articulation, metric accentuation, and text stress in each musical score. Famous conductors need not be the only ones to achieve great artistry with choirs; everyone can master effective and artistic conducting gestures to transform their singers' ability to perform with extraordinary sensitivity.

High School Choral Reading Session

A reading session of outstanding choral repertoire for high school singers. Music will be appropriate for beginning through advanced ensembles, and include recently published works, classical works, Jewish, Hawaiian, Gospel, movie music, and more!

Capstone Works with Your Choir

Masterworks are wonderful opportunities for growth and enrichment for both singers and conductors. Many choirs cannot perform a two-hour long work requiring a full orchestra, however. Instead, they need a capstone work that will enable them to build confidence and experience rich choral repertoire as they mature and prepare for future performances of larger masterworks. Kelly will identify works between 10 to 60-minutes long by historic composers that can be effectively and authentically performed by high school and community choirs. He will also discuss how to adapt some longer dramatic works through excerpted scenes and abridgements. Many works available in the public domain will be highlighted, as well as modern works. Attendees will look at score samples, hear sample recordings, and leave with an annotated list of recommended repertoire.

PCMEA Sessions


Middle School General Music