High School musicians from twenty-five public and parochial schools will participate in the Ohio Music Educators Association District II Music Festival on Saturday, Jan. 21 at Port Clinton High School. Students will travel to PCHS from several area counties, including Ottawa, Crawford, Erie, Huron, Marion, Sandusky, Seneca, and Wyandot.
Local residents can also enjoy the talents of these young musicians highlighted during a combined concert that starts at 7 p.m. in the Port Clinton High School gym. Cost is $4 per person payable at the door.
Several Port Clinton High School students were selected to participate in this event:
- Clarinets - Molly Mooney, Amber Peto and Courtney Coleman;
- Contra-Alto Clarinet- Meghan O'Neal (1st chair);
- Alto Sax - Jon Koch; Horn- Alisha Laferty;
- Trombone- Henry Rofkar (1st chair);
- Tuba - Andy Batterton;
- Violin 1 - Haley Snider, Nathan Elliott;
- Violin 2 - Allison Strong(first chair); Alicia Bacak, Candace Smith;
- Viola - Gabe DeFreistas (second chair), Molly Haberman;
- Cello - Matthew Fillmore (second chair), Hanna Kneisly;
- Bass - Brandon Rosiar (second chair);
- And the only Harpist at the event, Alyssa Wells.
The district orchestra will premiere a new piece written by Ohio native Percy Hall. Hall is a retired music teacher from Mansfield and was commissioned to write the piece "Sailor Shanties" for the festival.