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World Renowned Pianist, Dr. Chien, to Perform in Franklin

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Because of the generosity of a local anonymous donor, the students and parents of our school district have an opportunity to attend a remarkable performance by pianist Dr. Alec Chien. Dr. Chien, who now resides in Meadville, has performed throughout the world. He will be performing on March 29 at 7:30 PM at the Barrow Civic Theater in Franklin, PA. The following is taken from the Wikipedia page about Dr. Chien:

Alec Chien is an award-winning pianist from Hong Kong.

Born in Hong Kong, Chien earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at The Juilliard School where he studied under Adele Marcus. He was prized at the II Sydney and the VIII 1982 Santander’s Paloma O’Shea (4th prize). He won Gold Medal at the 1986 Gina Bachauer Competition, which led to an intercontinental concert career.[1] Two years later he was selected by Steinway & Sons as one of 25 artists to perform at Carnegie Hall in the celebrations of the firm’s 135th anniversary as well as its 500,000th piano. Dr. Chien has performed in solo recitals, chamber music and concertos on four continents, in countries such as Australia, Austria, China, Greece, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Poland, Spain and Taiwan. Among the major orchestras with which he has been concerto soloist are the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Utah Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony, American Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic. In chamber music, he has collaborated with the Alexander String Quartet, the Cavani String Quartet, the Ariel Woodwinds Quintet, members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.

Alec Chien previously served as an Artist-in-Residence, Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department at Allegheny College. He has taught humanities and music courses while providing instruction to piano students. He performs periodic concerts at the college, including performances with the Erie (PA) Philharmonic Orchestra. Now retired, Alec frequently teaches at Carnegie Mellon University and serves as the Chair of a local non-profit organization, the Meadville Neighborhood Center.

Alec Chien currently resides in Meadville, Pennsylvania with his wife, Brenda, and his three daughters, Brianna, Mikayla and Bethany

If you are interested in obtaining tickets at no cost to you, please contact Mr. Brian Rosen at:


Forest Students Compete at Academic Bowl

Forest Area Students Tessa Korchak, Christopher Pedersen, Dominic Grubbs, and Travis Swartz recently participated in the Academic Bowl held at the Clarion Riverview Intermediate Unit. The students competed against other local schools and answered questions regarding Literature, math, science, geography, religions of the world, sports, mythology, and current events.


Thank you Forest Area School Board!

A quality public education is a key that can open doors of opportunity for many students. Providing that education takes a team of committed people from educators and staff to parents and administrators. The nine members of your local school board are an important part of this team, making informed decisions that direct the course of our public schools. Every January, we take time to celebrate and recognize the challenging and vital work they do on behalf of our students, families and community. School directors volunteer an average of 10 hours each month to board work, which includes adopting policy, voting on budgets, approving curriculum changes, choosing textbooks and reviewing hiring decisions to name a few. They take time to learn about the issues affecting public education and to seek innovative solutions. As unpaid, locally elected officials, school directors are invested in their communities. They are our neighbors, friends, local leaders, parents and engaged senior citizens. During this month of recognition, please take a moment and show your gratitude for school directors’ time, dedication and effort year-round. The job they do is necessary to ensure our schools remain a pathway to a promising future. Thank them for advocating on behalf of our collective interest, and most importantly, for making the success of our children their priority.

Left to Right Front – Michael Oliver, Amanda Hetrick, Jane Parrett, Scott Jackovitz, Cinnamon Evans, & Troy Johnston

Left to Right – Back – Dan Cussins, Heath Bromley, Tim Korchak, & Chris Pedersen