The Canfield High School Choral and Band Departments, under the direction of choir Director Kelly Scurich and band Director Michael Kelly, performed at the Ohio Music Education Association State Large Group Adjudicated Event on April 27 and 28. With four groups participating at the event, both departments earned Superior ratings.
For the choirs, both the One Octave Ensemble and the Chamber Choir received their Superior ratings after performing Friday night at Highland High School in Medina. Since 1998, the Canfield Choirs have received a 23 OMEA state Superior ratings under Scurich's tenure. CHS choirs were two of the three choirs that made it to State from OMEA District 5 (Ashtabula, Mahoning, and Trumbull Counties) let alone receive Superior ratings.
For the bands, both the Concert and Symphonic Bands' Superior ratings mark the first time in CHS history that both bands earned the highest mark four years in a row. Many of the 2012 band seniors completed a "clean sweep" at OMEA band contests having never received anything less than a Superior rating since seventh grade. The CHS bands have earned 19 state Superior ratings of which eight were earned since 2006 under band Director Michael Kelly. From OMEA District 5, only five bands performed at state and Canfield High School had two of the five.
Last, 16 students pulled double duty having performed both Friday night and Saturday morning. Special recognition goes the following: Mackenzie Blaney, Gabby Brant, Kelly Dahman, Haley Ward, Amanda Freedman, Ashley Haley, Michele Whiteleather, Sophia Pilloli, Emily Damelio, Olivia DeMartino, Elise Szabo, Karen Vankovich, Beau Kuhn, C.J Blaney, Nate Pecchia, and Spencer Saylor.
Kelly and Scurich expressed to how proud they are of their students.
"Nearly 250 CHS band and choir students participated and performed brilliantly at the State level," Kelly said. "They were not only wonderful young musicians but excellent young adults who were great ambassadors of not only the CHS music programs, but of Canfield Local Schools and the Canfield community as well."
Both directors also thanked the parents and community for their ongoing support and recognition of the band and choir programs at Canfield High School.