Both the Canfield High School Chamber Ensemble and the One Octave Higher Female Ensemble received superior marks at the District V Ohio Music Education Association large group district competition held March 15 at Howland Middle School.
Both ensembles are under the direction of Kelly Scurich, Choir Director. The rating qualifies each choir for state competition this month. This is the 15th consecutive year the choirs will be going to state competition.
Music Education Association is the state level affiliate MENC: the National Association of Music Education.
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The Canfield High School Chambers Ensemble posed prior to the recent Ohio Music Educators Association competition at Howland Middle School. Pictured front row from left are: Alaina Fuller, Amy Goddard, Will Seemann, Sam Sorice, Emma Hartshorn, Samantha Fritz, and director Kelly Scurich. Second row from left are: Michelle Whiteleather, Rachel Nagy, Megan Factor, Dan Brown, Kiel Fizet, Kareem Soliman, Cristian Labra, Emily Damelio, and Paige Brucoli. Back row from left are: Kailey Love, Rosie Bresson, Maddie Urig, Richie Jenkins, Drew Bennet, Matt Myers, Zach Davison, David Labra, Jon Palermo, Emma Seybert, Carly Oddo and Stephanie Jickess.
Of the 52 federated state affiliates of MENC, the OMEA is the third largest and is the only state-level affiliate chartered as a music education association rather than a music educators association. The OMEA was founded in 1924 as the Ohio School Band Association by 14 by fourteen band directors to promote high school band contests in Ohio.
Canfield and the surrounding area schools are located in OMEA District V. The One Octave girls performed ''Fire, Fire'' by Thomas Morely; ''Deo Dicamus'' by Victor Johnson; and ''Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel'' by Earlene Rentz. The Chamber Ensemble performed ''Cantate Domino'' by Mark Hayes; ''Soldier Boy'' by John Rutter; and ''Goin' to the Auction'' by Randall Stroope.
The ensembles perform their selections in front of a panel of three judges who rate the groups from ''I'' being the best performance, to ''V'' being the very poorest performance. These scores are then combined with a fourth judge who adjudicates sight-reading. The sight-reading consists of two readings that the director and students have not seen. The first reading is with piano accompaniment and the second is without or ''acappella.'' These four scores are then combined. The Chamber Ensemble received all superior ratings and One Octave Higher received three superior ratings and an excellent rating in sight-reading.
''I am very proud of our One Octave and Chambers Ensembles students,'' said Scurich. ''The students practiced throughout the school day for months ahead of time and learned not only the song selections but also strengthened their sight reading, which is a part of the competition.''
According to Scurich, the OMEA large group adjudicated event is a prestigious competition at which to participate, as it attracts schools from all over the district.
''Time and time again I hear how professional our students present themselves. They represent the school in a very positive way,'' she said.
The Chambers Ensemble is comprised of both male and female students while One Octave Higher is an all-female choir. Students must go through a rigorous audition process to be chosen for the groups and spots are limited. Both Chambers and One Octave are classroom based and perform throughout the community.
The final concert of the year will be held at 7 p.m. May 22 in the high school auditorium. It is free and open to the public.