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HHS Junior Elliot Vunora to Perform in PMEA All-State Concert Band Apr. 18-20


EVHighlands High School junior Elliot Vunora reached the highest level a high school musician can achieve by earning a place in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) All-State Festival music ensembles. He will be performing on Tuba in the All-State Concert Band at the annual PMEA All-State Festival in Erie, PA from April 18-20, 2024.

Nationally recognized conductors at the convention direct the groups; they rehearse for two days and conclude with a performance. 

Each year, thousands of high school musicians across the state audition in their geographic area. Individually, students perform for a panel of judges. Student musicians who rank the highest advance to compete against student musicians from other parts of PMEA Regions. The highest-ranking student musicians at the PMEA Region level qualify to perform in one of six Pennsylvania All-State music ensembles.

“Our congratulations go out to the student musicians that have been selected to be part of the 2024 PMEA All-State Festival,” commented PMEA President and music educator in the Octorara Area School District, Scott Cullen. “There is nothing quite like coming together for a unique performance experience that only the PMEA All-State Festival can provide. The students selected to participate in these ensembles represent all the amazing music programs from across the commonwealth and remind us of how strong music education is in Pennsylvania.”

Elliot's band director at Highlands is Mr. Matthew Beresik. Congratulations and good luck, Elliot!

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