Sue Kiesewetter reports:
All nine Lakota East and West high school choral groups have been invited to the Ohio Music Education Association’s statewide large group state competition.
Lakota West’s choir director Anthony Nims. Photo provided.
That’s after the choral groups made district history – all large group choirs received superior OMEA ratings in a year.
The groups qualified for state competition April 26-27 at Lebanon Junior High School after earning the superior ratings at District 12 and 13 OMEA competitions held the weekends of March 9 and 16.
Four West and two East will go to Lebanon to compete, choral directors said.
To earn those ratings each group had to perform three rehearsed songs and then received a fourth piece that neither the students nor director had seen before. They had four minutes to review the unknown piece before performing it twice before a panel of judges.
Those groups earning the superior rating from Lakota East are: Eastside Voices, Men’s Ensemble, Women’s Ensemble Black, Women’s Ensemble Silver and Women’s Freshman Ensemble.
Both the Women’s Ensemble Black and the Women’s Freshman Choir plan to compete at Lebanon.
“I am so proud of the work my students have accomplished both in and out of the classroom,’’ said Becky Huddilston, Lakota East choir director.
“With so many difficult issues facing our students, these select students have moved mountains to make music a part of their school day and to be successful and accomplished in that choice.”
Lakota West groups receiving superior ratings in the large group category include Women’s Chorus, Chorale, Men’s Chorus and Freshman Chorus.
“Even in the face of the many challenges we’ve struggled with this year, out students’ dedication and passion have enabled us to continue the tradition of musical excellence at Lakota,’’ said Anthony Nims, Lakota West’s choir director.
Nims said all of his large choral groups – Women’s Chorus, Chorale, Men’s Chorus and Freshman Chorus – that qualified would compete in Lebanon.
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