Two Student Musicians Selected for PMEA Orchestra, Upper Band
Mercersburg Academy student instrumentalists Sera Chang ’20 (violin) and Aaron Zheng ’19 (clarinet), have been chosen for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s 2019 District 7 Orchestra and Upper Band.
Chang (of Busan, South Korea) and Zheng (of Shanghai, China) successfully auditioned December 1 at the PMEA auditions, which were held at Eastern York Senior High School in Wrightsville, Pa.
Chang was chosen for the district ensemble for the second straight year; she is the first Mercersburg student to successfully audition in back-to-back years since Alec Jones ’15 (who eventually became a member of PMEA’s All-State Band as a French horn player). Chang will perform with the District Orchestra January 10-12 at Central Dauphin High School in Harrisburg, and Zheng will take part in the Upper Band Festival and Concert January 24-26 at Chambersburg Area High School in Chambersburg. Both are eligible to audition for PMEA’s Region V Upper Band and Orchestra (respectively) at the District festivals.
In addition to Chang and Zheng, student violinists John Xu ’22 (of Shanghai, China) and C.J. Hoffman ’22 (of Harrisburg, Pa.) also auditioned. PMEA’s District 7 encompasses eight counties in south-central Pennsylvania: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York.
Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center. Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. 100 Academy Drive, Mercersburg, PA 17236 GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236 717-328-6173