On Centre: Around the Moshannon Valley | Philipsburg-Osceola’s Conte named to National Association for Music Education’s All-National Honor Mixed Chorus

The halls are alive with the sound of music.

Philipsburg-Osceola High School’s music programs always have been filled with students who love melody. While the size of the classes has been a concern for the school board in recent years, and students and parents were apprehensive about high school music and the marching programs this summer after the department was restructured, one thing has never faltered. There has always been kids who loved music and wanted it to be a part of their academic career.

Natalie Conte is one of those committed musicians. She is being recognized for that on an amazing level.

Conte has been named to the National Association for Music Education’s All-National Honor Mixed Chorus. She will be one of about 670 exceptional music students from all over the country in Nashville, Tenn., from Oct. 27 to 30.

The gathering will include other ensembles, like concert band, a symphony orchestra and jazz instrumentalists. The chorus is the largest single group, with approximately 350 sopranos, altos, tenors and basses joining Conte on stage for their performance in a gala concert.

To get to this point, Conte started with district chorus. She scored high enough to be invited to regionals. At regionals, she was ranked high enough to go to states. Her state scores brought the national bid.

Principal Robin Stewart has made it clear that she’s very proud of Conte’s achievements, but I’m guessing that the P-O business manager, dad Michael Conte, is even happier.

Congratulations, Natalie. Representing P-O at such an impressive level is truly music to local ears.