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SRU Good News for Feb. 15, 2012


PMEA names SRU’s Barr choral festival conductor 

Stephen Barr, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of music, has been named a guest conductor for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association 2012 Region V Choral Festival at Waynesboro [Pa.] Area High School.

The 150-voice choir, chosen by audition, will rehearse March 8-9 and then provide a free, 50-minute concert at the Waynesboro Area High School March 10. The program will include works by Mozart, Leonard Bernstein and Randall Thompson.

“I was pleased to be selected,” Barr said. He was also a PMEA guest conductor for District I, Pittsburgh, in 2009.

 “The choir is comprised of students from high schools in the Philadelphia/Gettysburg region. The students were selected as part of January’s district-level festival. Some of the upcoming festival participants will be selected to join the state festival planned for April in Lancaster,” Barr said.

“We toured the area, including a performance in Washington, D.C., with the SRU Choir about three years ago and had the chance to perform at Waynesboro High School, where Eric Griffith directs the choral program. He is also the organizer for the regional competition and asked me to conduct,” Barr said.

 Griffith is a 2001 SRU music education graduate.

 Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania’s premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.


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