OAHS senior awarded PMEA District 12 scholarship


Oxford Area High School Class of 2020 member Miranda Nilan was chosen as the 2020 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 12 scholarship recipient for the Choral track.

Miranda, daughter of Rosemary and Tim Nilan, is a member of National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society and is vice-president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. She participated in winter track and is a swimming instructor at the Jennersville YMCA.

A gifted singer and musician, Miranda performed in the Choral Ensemble, Bella Voce and the Symphonic Band. She was selected to perform as second chair in the flute section of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 12 Band at the 2020 District Band Festival and the District 12 Orchestra at the Orchestra Festival.

Miranda was also selected to perform at alto 2 with the District 12 Chorus at the 2020 Chorus Festival. As a sophomore and junior she was selected for the district, regional and state PMEA Chorus Festivals.

Miranda was selected to perform in the 300-member Mixed Chorus at the National Association for Music Education All-National Honors Ensemble event held last fall in Orlando, Florida. On New Year’s Day 2019, Miranda marched and played flute as one of 12 Oxford Area High School musicians who performed with the Cavalcade of Bands Honor Band in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.

Miranda performed the lead role of Princess Winnifred in the high school’s spring musical production of Once Upon a Mattress.

Miranda will study music education at West Chester University.

"Music education is a vital field, and an admirable career choice," said Shawn Lee, chair of the District 12 Scholarship Committee. "On behalf of the entire PMEA District 12 Executive Board, we are honored that Miranda will be joining us in our profession and in our commitment to advance comprehensive and innovative music education for all students. We cannot wait to share in Miranda's future successes, and know she will be an asset to our profession."