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    Diana Helmetag

    Name:       Diana Helmetag

    School:      High School & Middle School

    Position:    Orchestra Director
                     grades 6, 7, 8, and 9 - 12
    Email:        dhelmetag@umasd.org
    Phone:      HS 610-205-3826
                    MS 610-205-8870
         Welcome to my website!  I have been the orchestra director at Upper Merion Area High School and Middle School for the past twenty-three years.  I teach violin, viola, cello and bass to students in grades 6 through 12.  I have a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Duquesne University and a Master of Music degree from Penn State University.  

         Students at the middle school receive one group lesson each week and participate in either the 7th & 8th grade orchestra or the 6th grade orchestra.  Advanced 7th & 8th grade students may also be selected for the Viking Chamber Strings or the Schuylkill Valley Area Honors Orchestra. This year's SVAO concert was hosted by Craig Congci at Valley Forge Middle School on Friday, February 1, 2019 and was a great success!
         Students at the high school have the opportunity to play in the string orchestra, full orchestra and the Chamber Strings. Advanced students may be selected for the Chamber Strings as well as the Montgomery County Honors String Orchestra. This year's MCHSO concert was held at North Penn High School on Friday evening November 2, 2018. Advanced students who take private lessons on their orchestral instrument may also audition for the PMEA District, Region and All-State Orchestra Festivals.

         In addition to my regular teaching & concert schedule, I have also hosted ten orchestra festivals at the high school and middle school:  the PMEA District 11 Orchestra Festival in 2017 and in 1998, the Montgomery County Honors String Orchestra Festival in 2016, 2012, & 2005, the Schuylkill Valley Area Honors Orchestra Festival in 2016, 2008 & 1999, and the PMEA All-State Orchestra Festival in 2009 and also in 2002 with a final performance in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center.
         I'm looking forward to seeing you in Orchestra!

Last Modified on March 13, 2019