Programs for Active Students

All-State for Musicians

Schools appoint their select Senior High students to attend clinics designed to sharpen musical skills while preparing the students to be leaders of their peers in every aspect of life.

Choral clinics are spread over three days. The concluding concerts in the Capitol rotunda are worth traveling to hear! Repeat guest clinicians/conductors have included youth specialists such as Dr. Dwight Gustafson and Dr. Russell Shelley. Clinicians have come from church and college-level ministries across the country to instruct the students and sponsors on the selected music, integrating principles on musical technique and Scriptural applications into the sessions throughout each day.

Instrumental clinics are a more recent addition and span two days.  The program began with Band, and guest clinicians/conductors have included Dr. Dan Turner, Dr. Bruce Cox, and Dr. David Brown. Jay-Martin Pinner has also served several times as clinician for those participating with a stringed instrument.

For program and music samples from various All-State Choirs and All-State Bands, click here.

For further information on the 2008 KCEA All-State Choir singing at the Memorial Ceremony for Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll, click here.

Bible Quiz

The jump-seat style competition is available for both Junior High and Senior High students each year. Schools arrange quiz meets with other schools while the season culminates with a statewide meet in the spring.

Check out recent Bible Quiz results and background info.

Civics Days

KCEA’s staff leads Senior High government students in a day-long “insider” view of Harrisburg’s activities.


Junior High and Senior High students are encouraged to present before their peers and friends individually and in groups.  Each entry is critiqued by a panel of qualified judges.  Students may enter categories in Speech, Bible Preaching/Teaching, Art, Music, and Academic Projects (Home Economics, Photography, and individual and group Science Fair). Music groups range from ensembles to choirs and bands.  Speech groups include Group Acting and Reader’s Theater.  All entries are matched against tough professional standards to receive ratings of Honorable Mention, Meritorious, Excellent, and Superior.

Affililating ministries can access lists of music and speech pieces previously evaluated for use in KCEA Festivals through the Affiliates Site.

Scholarship Fund

A grant program assists low- and modest-income families with tuition costs at the KCEA-affiliated school of their choice.  KCEA receives donations from businesses under Pennsylvania’s innovative Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program and distributes those funds based upon the results of a professional need analysis.  Funding levels have allowed KCEA to provide assistance on a sliding scale to about 300 students per year (averaging a total of about $250,000 per year).  Students receiving financial assistance have been residents of 49 counties throughout the state. Visit our Scholarship Fund page for more information.

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Links:

Basic information from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on funding, eligibility, terms, and application information for the EITC and OSTC programs.

See a PDF copy of the Commonwealth Business Guidelines as to expectations and procedures for involvement in the EITC (5 pages) and OSTC (4 pages) programs.

The business application process MUST be done online through the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) using their Single Application for Assistance.

KCEA Links for Information and Encouraging Business Involvement:

KCEA Gives Donors Choices (PDF)

12 Steps to Turning Your Business Tax Dollars into Scholarships (PDF)

94% to Scholarships (PDF)

Sports Tournaments

KCEA organizes state-wide tournaments in boys soccer and girls volleyball in the fall and boys and girls basketball in the winter.  The tournaments are open to schools of all sizes.

Basketball tournaments

Soccer tournaments

Volleyball tournaments

Written Competitions

Creative writing skills are encouraged through Elementary, Junior High, and Senior High competition. Written test competitions, in all major academic areas, are also held on all three age levels.