Reminder:
PMEA District 11Elementary & Middle/Jr. High String Fest
Friday February 14, 2014
Upper Dublin High School Performing Arts Center,
800 Loch Alsh Avenue, Fort Washington, PA 19034

Dear Parents and Students,
The 9th Annual Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 11 Elementary & Middle/Jr. High String Festival, scheduled for Friday February 14th is quickly approaching. This year’s Festival will be hosted by the Upper Dublin School District at Upper Dublin HS PAC, 800 Loch Alsh Avenue, Fort Washington, PA 19034. Listed in the attachment is the final schedule, complete with a map of the Upper Dublin High School Campus.

Students will rehearse from 11:45 AM – 5:30 PM on February 14th. A Pizza Dinner will be provided for the students @ 5:30pm. The concert will be held at 7:00 PM for the general public. The Festival concert will be approximately one hour. There is no charge for admission to the concert—it is FREE!
Please Note—Parents are responsible for transporting the students to and from the festival. Students are to bring a lunch with them to eat at the festival.

All students are to come to the rehearsal wearing their concert clothes. They will receive their t-shirt at the event, and it also will be worn at the concert.

Concert dress:
BOYS Long black pants, black shoes, black socks, long sleeve white shirt with collar.
GIRLS Long black skirt or black slacks, black shoes, black socks, long sleeve white blouse with collar.
All the students will be receiving cardinal red PMEA D11 String Festival
t-shirts which will be worn for the performance. The white collars and long sleeves with the t-shirts worn over them create a very nice visual on stage.

Thank you for your interest and support—see you at the concert!!

Mrs. Virginia Herrmann, FWES & UDHS string teacher, vherrman@udsd.org
Mrs. Mae Huang, JTES & SRMS string teacher, mhuang@udsd.org
Mrs. Cyndi Noonan, MGES & TFES string teacher, cnoonan@udsd.org







PMEA District 11 Strings Fest
February 14, 2014
Upper Dublin School District
Upper Dublin High School,
Performing Arts Center
Festival Schedule

Student Schedule
11:30 – 12:00 Registration – Check-In – Distribution Name Tag & Shirts
12:00 - 12:15 Rehearsal and seating assignments—5/6 on stage, 7/8/9 in cafeteria
12:15 - 1:15 Rehearsals—5/6 on stage, 7/8/9 in cafeteria
1:15 - 1:45 Lunch in Café (students bring a bagged lunch, Parent Volunteers supervise)
1:45 - 2:45 Rehearsals—5/6 on stage, 7/8/9 in cafeteria
2:45 - 3:00 Snack in Cafeteria
3:00 - 3:45 Sectionals (Locations TBD) If Rehearsals—5/6 on stage, 7/8/9 in cafeteria
3:45 - 5:30 Rehearsal—7/8/9 on stage, 5/6 in cafeteria
5:30 - 6:00 Pizza Dinner in Café (provided by host with Parent Volunteers to supervise)
Please forward any special dietary needs to hosts
6:00 - 6:15 T-shirt and Concert Preparation—move belongings to Band & Orchestra Rooms
6:15 - 6:40 Pictures on Stage & Tuning
6:45pm Final tuning and Concert Seating (ES on Stage/MS in Audience)
7:00pm ES Concert
7:30pm Switch Concert Seating/Intermission
7:45pm MS Concert


Director Schedule
11:30 - 12:00 Registration – Check-In – Distribution Name Tag & Shirts
12:00 - 12:15 Rehearsal and seating assignments—5/6 on stage, 7/8/9 in cafeteria
12:15 - 1:15 Directors’ Meeting (Act 48) in A61 Orchestra Room
1:15 - 1:45 Directors’ Dinner (provided by host) in Faculty Lunchroom @ Cafeteria
1:45 - 2:45 Guest Conductor Observation
2:45 - 3:00 Supervise Snack
3:00 - 3:45 Sectionals by Directors—however, Conductors may wish to continue rehearsals
3:45 - 5:30 Directors’ Reading Session (Act 48) in A61 Orchestra room
5:30 - 6:00 Light Dinner (provided by host) in Faculty Lunchroom @ Cafeteria
6:00 - 6:15 T-shirt and Concert Preparation—move belongings to Band & Orchestra Rooms
6:15 - 6:45 Pictures on Stage & Tuning
6:45pm Final tuning and Concert Seating (ES on Stage/MS in Audience)
7:00pm ES Concert
7:30pm Switch Concert Seating/Intermission
7:45pm MS Concert




DIRECTIONS
Upper Dublin High School - 800 Loch Alsh Avenue, Fort Washington, PA 19034

From the PA Turnpike (276)Exit the Turnpike at Fort Washington, Exit 339. After exiting the toll booth, go straight (keep left) and that road will automatically lead onto Pennsylvania Avenue. Make a right turn at the third traffic light onto Fort Washington Avenue. Go approximately one mile, straight through a traffic light at Highland Avenue, then make the first left turn, which is at Upper Dublin High School, onto Loch Alsh Avenue. Upper Dublin High School will be on your right.
From Rt 309 NorthWhile on Rt 309, pass the Turnpike and Fort Washington exits. Exit at Highland Avenue. At the bottom of the ramp, bear right onto Highland Avenue. Go to the first traffic light and make a left turn onto Fort Washington Avenue. Make the first left turn, which is at Upper Dublin High School, onto Loch Alsh Avenue. Upper Dublin High School will be on your right.From Rt 309 SouthExit Rt 309 South at the Fort Washington exit onto Pennsylvania Avenue. Make a right turn at the third traffic light onto Fort Washington Avenue. Go approximately one mile, straight through a traffic light at Highland Avenue, then make the first left turn, which is at Upper Dublin High School, onto Loch Alsh Avenue. Upper Dublin High School will be on your right. From Bethlehem Pike going SouthInstead of going to the Rt 309 South Bypass, continue straight down Bethlehem Pike through Springhouse. Go approximately one more mile, straight through the intersection at Butler Pike in Ambler. At the Rite Aid drug store on the left side, turn left onto Loch Alsh Avenue. Go through two stop signs, under the Rt 309 overpass and Upper Dublin High School will be on the left side.
MAP—First Floor Upper Dublin High School






PMEA D11 String Festival @ Upper Dublin High School PAC—Friday February 14, 2014
In order to best prepare, here is some pertinent information for directors, students, and parents.
DIRECTORS
  • Upon arrival, buses/vans/cars will need to park in the lot east of the PAC—adjacent to the PAC off of Fort Washington Avenue. Drop off will be at the front of the PAC. However, school buses may drop off at the door of the Orchestra Room—near where you will see the Marching Cardinals trailer parked. If the UDSD in-service is still in operation @ 11:30am, you might need to park across the street on Loch Alsh Avenue at the fields—not at the Township Buildings—you will be ticketed if you park in the UD Township Lots.

  • Arrival for Registration/Check-In is 11:30 to 11:45AM—please be prompt!

  • Please report to the front lobby of the auditorium upon arrival to pick up director packets at the registration tables with our greeters. Upon entering the auditorium, you will find your school district sign, and direct your students to unpack there. Directors will distribute shirts and id tags/lanyards at this time. Students must wear the id tags—however, they can wait until later to wear the t-shirt at photo & concert time.

  • For security concerns, all directors must wear your id badges at all times. Any parents assisting at the event must first report to the main office for a visitor badge to be issued—be sure to have your driver’s license for this visitor badge to be processed.

  • THERE IS TO BE NO FOOD IN THE AUDITORIUM—EVER! Yes, our students are bringing their lunches—so we will try to have a plan for a quick drop off at designated lunch tables in the cafeteria prior to rehearsals at noon.

  • Please bring tuners, strings, accessories, etc. for the emergency needs of your students.

  • We will have a reading session. Please bring your instrument and a few arrangements. We do have UDHS instruments available for director use, however, the instruments might not be to your liking. UDSD does have many new arrangements for reading if you forget your music.

  • Directors are being asked to assist with post concert dismissal. We suggest that you bring a student sign out sheet—and/or use the distribution list provided with the shirts.

  • Please instruct parents that only one parent should be designated to pick-up and sign out their child at their school sign in the auditorium.

STUDENTS & PARENTS
  • Students are to arrive dressed in concert attire for the day.
  • ALL students must bring a bagged lunch (no boxes!) with non-carbonated beverage in plastic bottles. Please do not pack food containing nuts and/or peanut butter since many present have nut allergies.
  • ALL students must wear their name badge at ALL times.
  • No unsupervised wandering is permitted at any time.
  • There is a school certified nurse on site for this entire festival event.
  • Upon arrival for the concert—only the use of the PAC main entrance doors is permitted.
  • Doors will open for the concert @ 6:40pm.
  • A professionally mastered concert recording CD and professionally prepared String Orchestra Festival group photograph will be available for purchase prior to the concert, and at the conclusion. AMP recording will receive orders and payments at a table in the PAC lobby.

CONCERT ATTIRE
String Fest T-shirt, Long Black Pants, Long Sleeved & Collared White Shirt, Black Socks, & Black Shoes.

STUDENT PICK-UP PROCEDURES
To insure safety, one parent/guardian is to report to the auditorium as the designated area (your school district sign) to sign out your child for pick-up. Sign out is to be completed by parent with school director.