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Junior Naomi Aires Retains First Chair in Cello at PMEA District Competition

Naomi Aires Junior cellist Naomi Aires retained her first chair standing at this past weekend’s Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 11 Orchestra Festival at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School. She moves on to perform in the PMEA Region VI Orchestra competition Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 21-23 at Downingtown West for guest conductor Dr. Timothy Dixon.

Junior violinist Ifenna Amaefuna also qualified for the District 11 competition and, along with Aires, rehearsed diligently for two full days and performed a wonderful concert of Spanish-flavored music on Saturday. Selected from a pool of more than 350 instrumentalists, Aires and Amaefuna qualified for the district competition based on recent auditions, where they performed solo literature, scales and sight reading.

The PMEA District 11 comprises all levels of public, private, parochial, college and university, as well as retired music educators, administrators and music industry representatives from throughout Bucks and Montgomery Counties. The organization aims to advance the study of music education throughout the commonwealth and encourage excellence in the study and teaching of music. The association supports and promotes quality music education through statewide workshops, conferences, performances and festivals.