Kennett High School musicians among the best

District Chorus participants from Kennett High School proudly wear their PMEA pins at the festival concert. Left to right: Aaron Hrenko, Colby Reeves, Marisa Maxwell, and Matthew Griffin. Not in the pictured: Dani Eland, Julia Rivera, Samantha Anthony, and Pearl Battalora.

Eleven Kennett High School musicians have been selected by audition to various Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 12 Honor Festivals.

Participating in the District Chorus, January 9-11, were Samantha Anthony, Pearl Battalora, Dani Eland, Matt Griffin, Aaron Hrenko, Marisa Maxwell, Colby Reeves,

and Julia Rivera. The event was held at Phoenixvile High School. At KHS these students are directed by Katie Soukup.

Second time participant Marisa Maxwell reflected on her experience. I had such a marvelous time. I made it last year and had a wonderful time, but this year was even better. Our conductor, Dr. Buchanan, was an incredibly talented musician and director. Everyone came well prepared and, because of that, we were able to really perfect the pieces in only one day! The choir as a whole was even more focused than last year, and Dr. Buchanan commented that this was the best district/region choir she has ever conducted. I loved all of the pieces we performed; she chose some really beautiful pieces, and it was truly a special opportunity to be a part of such a professional choir.


District Orchestra will practice January 23-24 and perform on January 25 at Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown. Kennett High School student Katie Coughlan will participate. Katie Coughlan, Erin Dooley and Rebecca Ploener will be part of the District Band Festival, February 6-8, at West Chester Henderson High School. These students are directed at Kennett High School by Anton Romano and Jessica Eves.