Strayer’s Messa di Voce chosen exemplary middle school choir

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Top row: Brooklyn Spear, Jordan Mitchell, Rachael Szabo, Trinity Rodriguez, Jadyn Fuentes.

Middle row: Michelle Barratt, Alyssa Cassel, Jesse Kempter, Amelia Cianciola, Austin Hunsberger.

Front row: Byrce Widdos, Mason Lippincott, Nathan Grebb, Faith Pflaumer, Sonya Roeder.

Missing from photo: Elizabeth Callan, Ayden Hendricks.

Messa di Voce, the auditioned a cappella choir at Strayer Middle School, was selected through blind audition as an exemplary middle school choir to perform at the annual Pennsylvania Music Educators In-Service Convention.

"It was an honor to showcase our choral program," Cynthia Teprovich, choral director at Strayer, said of the April 19 event at the Lancaster Convention Center. "We prepared multiple genres of choral repertoire, including old traditional selections along with a few new choral publications. MDV performed for a large audience of future music educators, current middle school educators, and yes - we even have our own ‘groupie' choral educators that follow all of our PMEA performances."

MDV is the product of placing each vocal music student within a rigorous choral curriculum that emphasizes the Kodály Concept and the Cambiata Concept for the purpose of developing ear-training and sight-singing skills during the school day classroom hours.

Messa di Voce rehearses twice per week before school at 7 a.m. for a higher level a cappella repertoire.

This choir has had the honor of performing with the Pennsylvania Youth Chorale, the renowned Baltimore Consort, and four concerts with the award-winning women's barbershop chorus, known as The Valley Forge Chorus.

Messa di Voce has achieved the Overall Chorus Award with first-place, superior ratings for the last 17 consecutive years in the Music in the Parks Festival. In 2007, 2012, and 2016 the ensemble was selected to perform for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Annual In-Service Conferences. In 2013, Messa di Voce was honored to perform at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Eastern Division Conference in Hartford, Connecticut, and that performance is available on iTunes.

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