Fox Chapel Area's Elizabeth Mountz earns nod for musical talents, classroom leadership
Fox Chapel Area High School graduate Elizabeth Mountz has earned the 2018 Jeffrey W. Dean Memorial Award for her musical talent and classroom leadership.
The award was presented by Kenda Hammer, chairwoman of Belle Voci of Pittsburgh, the group that manages the award. Belle Voci is an intergenerational women's choir founded by former Fox Chapel Area choral director Craig Cannon,
Mountz has performed as oboist in several Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) festivals, marching and symphonic bands, orchestra and the spring musical, as well as being a member of a woodwind quintet. She said these activities will be what she most loves and remembers about high school.
Mountz plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh this fall.
The award is named for the late Jeffrey Dean, a 1980 district graduate who was an active participant and a leader in the music programs, performing in four musicals, serving as the drum major and playing in the marching band. He went on to become the drum major with the University of Pittsburgh's marching band and graduated with a degree in engineering. He sang with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus for two summers and participated in community theater programs before forming a children's studio for performing arts. He passed away in 2005 and the award was established in 2008.
In its 11th year, recipients are selected by a committee of Fox Chapel Area choral, orchestra and band directors, along with a representative from the Belle Voci advisory committee.
The winner was revealed at the Jeffrey W. Dean Memorial Recital, an annual performance that showcases the talents of district music students.