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NB Students Invited to Ohio Music Education Association Honors Festival

Congratulations to all of the students selected to the Ohio Music Education Association Honors Festival.

From the Middle School Choir: Blaine Knitz, Grace Knitz, Mali Combs and Dominic Sheeks.

From the Middle School Band: Casey Mowery.

From the High School Band: Andrew Shelton and Damon Dotson.

From the High School Choir: Mason Byrd.

The performances are February 12, at Toledo’s Stranahan Theatre. The middle school concert begins at 2:30 pm and the high school concert begins at 7pm. Both concerts are free and open to the public. Please support our amazing musicians.

More than 600 music students to perform at Stranahan

More than 600 middle school and high school students from more than 40
school districts across Northwest Ohio will participate in the annual Ohio
Music Education Association (OMEA) District 1 Honors Festival Sunday,
February 12 at the Stranahan Theater in Toledo.

Congratulations to all of the North Baltimore students selected to these
prestigious ensembles. Middle School Choir: Blaine Knitz, Grace Knitz, Mali
Combs and Dominic Sheeks. Middle School Band: Casey Mowery. High School
Band: Andrew Shelton and Damon Dotson. High School Choir: Mason Byrd.

The students were selected through either an audition or application process
to participate in these high caliber orchestra, band or choral ensembles
conducted by special guest clinicians.

The middle school honors orchestra, choir and band performances will begin
at 2:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., the high school honors orchestra, choir and band
ensembles will perform.

The concert is free and open to the public.

OMEA District 1 is comprised of all schools from Defiance, Fulton, Henry,
Lucas, Williams and Wood counties.

Three of the six guest clinicians come from the music departments at 4-year
universities, including the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State

Dr. Bradley Pierson, Director of Choral Activities at the University of
Toledo, will direct 135 vocalists in the High School Honors Choir. Dr. Lisa
Martin, Assistant Professor of Music Education at Bowling Green State
University, will conduct 109 instrumentalists in the Middle School Honors

Pierson joined the faculty at the University of Toledo Department of Music
in 2015. He has a Bachelor of Music from UNLV, a Masters of Music from
California State University-Los Angeles and a Doctor of Musical Arts from
the University of Washington.

Martin holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Illinois,
and a Masters of Music Education and Doctorate from the University of

Scott Boerma, Associate Professor and Director of Bands at Western Michigan
University’s School of Music, will conduct 88 instrumentalists in the High
School Honors Band.

Conductor of the University Symphonic Band and Western Winds at Western
Michigan University, Boerma received his Bachelor of Music in Music
Education from Western Michigan University, his Masters of Music from the
University of Music and his Doctor of Musical Arts at Michigan State

OMEA District 1 also welcomes:

Sara Given, Hilliard Schools Orchestra Director, conducting 94
instrumentalists in the Middle School Honors Orchestra
Dirk Eachus, Mansfield City Schools Choral Director, conducting 121
vocalists in the Middle School Honors Choir
Dr. Angela Santangelo, Princeton City School District, Cincinnati, Ohio,
conducting 73 string students in the High School Honors Orchestra

Besides teaching at Hilliard, Given is also conductor of the Columbus
Symphony Youth Orchestras Junior Strings. She completed her Bachelor of
Music Education in Instrumental Music Education at Ohio University and
Master of Arts in String Music Education at Ohio State University.

Eachus has taught vocal music in the Ohio public schools for 30 years. In
Fall 2017, he will lead the implementation of the first Performing Arts
Career Program for Mansfield City Schools that will include courses in Music
Theater, Acting Performance, Dance/Choreography, Stage Design and Technical
Theater. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Bluffton College and his
Masters Degree from Wright State University.

Dr. Santangelo is an active Conductor and Music Educator throughout the
Cincinnati area. Prior to her position with Princeton City Schools, she
served as Music Director and Conductor for the Northern Kentucky University.
Dr. Santangelo earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the
University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music. She completed her
Master of Music degree and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in orchestral
conducting from CCM.

The festival is co-chaired by Eric West of Defiance City Schools and Kristen
Woodard of Evergreen Local School District.

OMEA District 1 Officers are Travis Pennell, President, Springfield Local
Schools; Eric Boswell, President-Elect, Maumee City Schools; Kent Vandock,
Past President, Archbold Area Schools; and Ben Lupo, Secretary/Treasurer,
Bryan City School District.

List of all school districts (addendum)

Anthony Wayne Local Schools
Archbold Area Schools
Ayersville Local Schools
Bowling Green City Schools
Bryan City School District
Central Local School District
Defiance City Schools
Eastwood Local Schools
Edgerton Local Schools
Edon Northwest Local Schools
Elmwood Local Schools
Evergreen Local School District
Fayette Local Schools
Holgate Local Schools
Lake Local Schools
Liberty Center Local Schools
Maumee City Schools
Millcreek-West Unity Local Schools
Montpelier Exempted Village Schools
Maumee Valley Country Day School
Napoleon Area City Schools
North Baltimore Local School District
North Central Local School
Northeastern Local Schools
Northwood Local School District
Notre Dame Academy
Ohio Virtual Academy
Otsego Local School District
Perrysburg Schools
Pike-Delta-York Schools
Rossford Exempted Village Schools
Springfield Local Schools
St. Augustine Catholic School
St. Joan of Arc Catholic School
St. Paul Lutheran School
Stryker Local Schools
Swanton Local School District
Sylvania Schools
Toledo Public Schools
Toledo School for the Arts
Trinity Lutheran School
Washington Local Schools
Wauseon Schools

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