PCMEA Leadership Directory

President: Benjamin Snyder



Benjamin Snyder is a Junior Music Education and Tuba Performance double major at Slippery Rock University. There, he is a leading member of several groups, clubs and ensembles including PCMEA, MU PHI EPSILON, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Singers, the Marching Pride, Brass Ensemble, and more. During his sophomore year, he served as the Slippery Rock PCMEA President, where he organized speakers and events for the music education majors of SRU. In his hometown, Titusville Pennsylvania, Ben is the Music Director for the Titusville Youth Theater where he works with students from elementary to middle school on vocal technique and acting. He has held that position for the past four years. Ben has also spent time with the Titusville Summer Theater, directing their 2017 production. He also offers Brass and Piano lessons in the Titusville Area. During his time as the PCMEA State Board President, he hopes to see a rejuvenation of the board’s productivity, as well as create a stronger connection of PCMEA chapters across the state.

President-Elect: Harlow Alexander



Harlow is a Music Education major attending Marywood University. At Marywood, Harlow is a member of the Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Concert Choir, and the saxophone quartet Pour Four. In addition to her studies and ensembles, Harlow teachers private lessons at Magdon Music in Olyphant, PA, is the Assistant Band Director for the Abington Heights Marching Band, and serves as the President of the Marywood University NAfME Chapter.

Technology Coordinator: Josh Hudson



Josh is a junior at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he is pursuing a degree in Music Education. Josh is a member of the IUP Symphony Orchestra, String Ensemble, and Cello Choir, where he plays cello. He also plays bass with the IUP Jazz Band. He is entering his second year of teaching in the IUP String Project, where he has given individual lessons on both cello and bass to Indiana Area children, in addition to direct small ensembles. Originally from Loudoun County, Virginia, Josh is an Eagle Scout and loves to lead and teach, and is hoping to help PCMEA gain more exposure online and aid in getting information out to the members of PCMEA across the state.

Secretary/Treasurer: Marissa Works

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Marissa Works is a sophomore at Penn State University pursuing music education and public relations. During her time at Penn State, Marissa has participated in the Penn State Concert Choir, Oriana Singers, and The Pennharmonics collegiate a cappella group. Marissa recently attended the 2016 NAFME Collegiate Summit in Washington D.C., and she looks forward to advancing the concept of advocacy on the council. She has a passion for promoting the arts and is excited to utilize her skills in communications as a new member of the exec board.

Region I Coordinator: Danielle Kepple


Danielle Kepple is a sophomore Music Education major with an oboe concentration at Slippery Rock University. She is involved with the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Marching Pride, Orchestra, Concert Choir, and Chamber Winds. She is the Historian of SRU’s PCMEA Chapter, serves the Marching Pride as the Clarinet Section Sergeant, and is the historian of Mu Phi Epsilon, the honors music fraternity at SRU. She is also a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts and is a Gold Awardee.

Region II Coordinator: Brett Leavelle



Brett Leavelle is entering his third year at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Music Education, with a focus in voice, expecting to graduate in the Spring of 2019. Brett is very active in the IUP Choirs, singing in three of the four ensembles, and also as the Undergraduate Choral Department Assistant. Brett also holds offices, or is very active, in IUP’s chapters of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (sNATS), American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Educators Association (PCMEA). Brett is very musically active not only at IUP, but in his home town of Saxton, PA, where he is a volunteer for his alma mater’s music department. He assists with the Tussey Mountain Marching Band, Drama Club, Choirs, and Indoor Bands. Brett also volunteers his time as a musician at the Saxton First Church of God leading worship as a vocalist, pianist, and organist.

Region III Coordinator: Ryan Czekaj



Ryan is a junior Music Education major at Penn State, with an emphasis in secondary band. While at Penn State, Ryan has participated in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Blue Band, Clarinet Choir, Glee Club, and a clarinet quartet. He is in the clarinet studio, studying under Dr. Anthony Costa. As the PCMEA Region III Coordinator, he is concerned with organizing an annual music education workshop for students and current music educators across the state. In addition to his duties with PCMEA, Ryan is the treasurer of the Clarinet Club and the PSU chapter of the National Band Association, has danced in the Penn State IFC Panhellenic Dance Marathon, and serves as Executive Chair for Encore, a special-interest THON organization associated with the School of Music.

Region IV Coordinator: Taylor Morgan



Taylor is a Music Education major at Marywood University. At Marywood, she is a member of the Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Jazz Ambassadors, Concert Choir, and the ​​saxophone quartet, Pour Four. Taylor also serves as Parliamentarian of Marywood University’s NAfME chapter, and volunteers her time assisting with the Youth Bands of Marywood, the Scranton location of the American Youth Ensembles. Aside from her school studies and involvement, she is also an Assistant Marching Band Director for the Greater Nanticoke Area Marching Band.

Region V Coordinator: Logan Santiago



Logan Santiago is a junior Music Education major at Gettysburg College, with a focus on violin.  While at Gettysburg, she has participated in orchestra, marching band, College Choir, Audeamus choir, and Gamelan Gita Semara.  Logan is the manager of the Gettysburg Symphony Orchestra and Mellophone section leader in the Bullets Marching Band.  This past summer she was able to take a class in Bali, Indonesia and perform with Gettysburg’s gamelan ensemble at the Bali Arts Festival.

Region VI Coordinator: Alyssa Wiltbank

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Alyssa is a member of Immaculata University’s Class of 2019 as a Music Education major with a concentration in voice. She is involved in many activities on Immaculata’s campus. She is a Music Education Club officer, a First Year Experience Mentor, a member of Emerging Leaders, and the Programming Co-Chair. She is also a member of the Cue and Curtain Players, Chorale, Madrigal Singers, and a member of Delta Kappa Nu Sorority. Alyssa is also obsessed with sour candy, especially Warheads and Sour Patch Kids.

Faculty Advisor: Kathleen Melago

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Dr. Kathleen Melago, PCMEA State Advisor, serves as Assistant Professor of Music Education at Slippery Rock University and has served as the head of the music education program since she joined the faculty at SRU in August 2009.  Kathy received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Slippery Rock University (1997), her Master of Music in flute performance from the University of Northern Iowa (2001), and her Doctor of Musical Arts from The Ohio State University (2009).  She has taught music in Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Ohio, both in schools and privately.  Kathy’s book, Modal Exercises for Double- and Triple-Tonguing Mastery, published by ALRY Publications in October 2012, received distinction as a finalist in the National Flute Association’s Newly Published Music competition.  In 2014, Kathy and Dr. Jennifer Laubenthal, assistant professor of clarinet at Eastern New Mexico University, premiered six new works for flute and clarinet that they had commissioned from six different composers.  Kathy served as the District Director for the Eastern Great Lakes 2 District of Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity from 2010-2014 and was named Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity District Director of the Year in 2012-2013.  She served as the president of the Pittsburgh Flute Club from 2011-2014 and is serving as the Exhibitor Concert and Showcase Coordinator for the National Flute Association from 2013-2018.  Kathy frequently presents at state, regional, and national conferences, and she has upcoming presentations at the PMEA Spring Conference in Hershey; the International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education in Williamsburg, VA; and the NAfME Eastern Division Conference in Providence, RI.  Kathy enjoys serving her church as flutist at St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Pittsburgh and performing with her flute quartet, “Flutes of Steele.”

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