Christopher Ballentine ('15 BME) has been selected as the 2018 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association's "Outstanding Young Music Educator." The award was created to recognize a PMEA member, who has been teaching for three to five years, for excellence in music education." Chris is currently teaching instrumental music in the North Hills School District (Pittsburgh, PA). He also serves as PMEA District 1 Vice President.
In a nomination letter written by Beth Williams, principal at North Hills High School, Chris is described as, "a phenomenal educator that encourages students to strive for excellence on a daily basis. Since Mr. Ballentine has joined the faculty of North Hills School District, he has had the opportuity to work with students at the elementary, middle, and high school level. As a result, enrollment in our music program has increased at every level. His passion and dedication to music - and teaching students - displays a maturity beyond his years...He truly is one of the best educators that I have ever had the privilege to work with in over 25 years in education."
While a music education student at Penn State, Chris was a trumpet major in the studio of Langston J. Fitzgerald III. In 2015, he was named as one of five seniors to receive the University’s John W. Oswald Award, recognizing graduating seniors who provided outstanding leadership in at least one of several areas of activity at the University. He was also actively involved in several ensembles, including leading the 68-member trumpet section of the Marching Blue Band for two years, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Philharmonic Orchestra, Jazz Bands (Inner/ Centre Dimensions), and various chamber ensembles. Additionally, Chris was a member of the 2014 Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, and worked with the Easton Area High School “Red Rover” Marching Band during its summer band camps.