Cello players on stage

Cello Choir invited to perform at state music conference

The Penn State Cello Choir received one of the highest honors for a Pennsylvania ensemble by being invited to perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Annual In-Service Conference, to be held April 7-9, 2022, at the Kalahari Resort in the Poconos. The choir will perform works by Bach, Villa Lobos and Bill Alves, as well as spirituals, on April 8 at 4:00 p.m. Their trip is funded by the University Park Allocation Committee (UPAC), the College of Arts and Architecture and the School of Music

Each year, dozens of scholastic and community music ensembles submit an audition for a chance to perform at the annual PMEA Conference. The conference is attended by music educators from across Pennsylvania and is considered the premiere annual event for professional development and showcasing the work of musicians from Pennsylvania and beyond.

“We are very excited about this opportunity to showcase the talented musicians from Penn State,” said Kim Cook, Distinguished Professor of Cello in the College of Arts and Architecture’s School of Music, who founded the choir in 1992.

The ensemble has performed for the annual Penn State School of Music Mosaic concert and the Bach’s Lunch series at Eisenhower Chapel, and for the PMEA Conference in Harrisburg. The Cello Choir has included students from Germany, France, Croatia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Ukraine, Russia, Israel, Turkey, China, Korea, Taiwan, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Trinidad and Tobago, Guam and Puerto Rico, as well as throughout the United States.

More information about the PMEA Conference is available at https://www.pmea.net/pmea-annual-in-service-conference/.