BELLEVILLE - For the first time in 17 years, Belleville Mennonite School is sending one of its own to the state level of Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Choral Festival.
Matt Zook will be attending the PMEA event April 17 to 20 in Erie.
BMS choral director Michelle Sensenig said this is Zook's second year singing bass II in PMEA choral competitions - his first on a state level.
"Matt is an intelligent singer - reading rhythms and notes very well. He's a dependable leader in my bass section and it's been fun to watch him grow over the past three years."
Zook sings in his church's praise team at Allensville Mennonite Church. He also has taken on barbershop quartet style music through the choral program at BMS.
"He's done a great terrific job reading some difficult bass lines. I'm so happy that his hard work has paid off and that he gets the opportunity to join the all-state chorus in Erie," Sensenig said.
Zook, a senior at BMS is excited, too.
"I am looking forward to being part of a group of other high schoolers who enjoy singing, and I am honored that I have to opportunity to be part of it. I am really looking forward to the Carmina Burana piece which will be especially fun."
Zook said he is currently looking into his college career with hopes to major in engineering and to be involved in collegiate choir.