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 District 5 Large Group Adjudicated Event on March 8 and 9. With four groups participating, both departments earned "Superior" ratings.
For the choirs, both the One Octave Ensemble and the Chamber Choir received their Superior ratings after performing Saturday morning at Howland Middle School. CHS was the only school from OMEA District 5 (Ashtabula, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties) to have more than one choir participate. Both the Concert and Symphonic Bands' "Superior" ratings mark the fifth consecutive year both bands earned the coveted top rating. In addition, Canfield High School was the only school in OMEA District 5 to have two bands receive all "Superior" ratings.
The OMEA Large Group Adjudicated Event is a standards based competition in which instrumental and vocal ensembles enter a performance class (AA, A, B, C, D, or Festival) and prepare three selections of music, one being a required piece from the class entered. The ensembles perform their prepared selection in front a panel of three adjudicators. Then, the students go to a sight-reading stage in which they have a relative short period of time to look over a piece of music they have never seen before. They then perform the piece before a sight-reading adjudicator. The four adjudicator scores are combined to determine the overall rating. The rating system used is "I" for a superior performance, "II" for an outstanding performance, "III" for an acceptable performance, "IV" for a poor performance, and "V" for a very poor performance.
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Members of the Canfield High School Concert Band pose for a picture after their “Superior” performances at the Ohio Music Education Association’s District 5 Band and Choir Competition.
Kelly and Scurich expressed how proud they are of their students. More than 240 CHS band and choir students participated and performed brilliantly at the District level. 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 want to thank the parents and community for their ongoing support and recognition of the band and choir programs at Canfield High School.