Director of Choral Studies Ryan Beeken was recently elected as the Pennsylvania Music Education Association District Three vice president by the music educators of Western Pennsylvania.
Beginning July 1, 2016 Beeken will serve three two-year terms as vice president, president, and past-president respectfully. The PMEA is the largest professional organization of music educators in the state of Pennsylvania. The organization boasts more than 5,200 members that comprise all levels of music education, from kindergarten through collegiate faculty. Their mission is to promote and advance music education by 1) encouraging excellence in the study, teaching and making of music; 2) promoting and supporting quality music education, music learning, and music performance; and 3) promoting and supporting music education in the schools and in communities.
As president of District Three, Beeken will oversee all PMEA functions in Indiana, Armstrong, Clarion, Jefferson, Forest, and Franklin counties. In addition to chairing the District Three Executive Board, he will also serve as a member of the PMEA State Executive Board, which is responsible for overseeing all activities and policies as set forth in the PMEA Constitution and Policy Manual.