CMS wind ensemble, chamber choir compete at Disney World (2010)
CMS wind ensemble, chamber choir compete at Disney World
April 23, 2010 - 2:00 AM
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Cooperative Middle School Chamber Choir and Wind Ensemble recently participated in Festival Disney Music Competition April 14 to 18. The festival included more than 85 music ensembles from across the United States.
CMS ensembles were very successful in the competition, said choir director Andy Inzenga. Ensembles prepared an appropriate and challenging music program and performed it for a three judge panel. The panel was comprised of distinguished music educators from throughout the nation.
Students were assessed using a numerical rating scale in the following areas — Tone Quality, Pitch, Technique, Rhythmic Accuracy, Diction (for chorus), Interpretation- Musicianship, Dynamics, Breath Management, and Stage Deportment.
The averaged score from the judges and are divided into the following point ratings:
Superior: 90 to 100 points
Excellent: 80 to 89.9 points
Good: 70 to 79.9 points
Fair: 60 — 69.9 points
The Wind Ensemble competed in the Concert Band division. This was the largest of the four adjudicated band ensembles and included Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Parade Band and Field Show. The Wind Ensemble received the following scores from the three judge panel — 87, 90, and 90. These scores yielded an average of 89.0, a rating of "Excellent" in the Middle School/Junior High School Division.
In the Concert Choir division including a separate class for Mixed Chorus, Treble Choir, Men's Choir, Madrigal, Chamber Choir, Show Choir and Jazz Choir. The CMS Chamber Choir received the following sores from the three judge panel — 92, 91 and 90. These scores yielded an average score of 91 — rating "Superior" and was the best in their class.
They also received the second highest score in the division and received a special "Silver Mickey Mouse" award. CMS is 1.7 points behind the first place ensemble, the Vestal Middle School — Opus, a select Girls' chorus from Vestal, N.Y
Other highlights of the trip included Disney workshops on performance, audio recording with animation, an exchange concert with the Clarmont Middle School, and an impromptu session with the Liberty Singers — Disney's premier choral ensemble and they invited the Chamber Choir to sing with them at the end of a performance at Epcot.
"These professionals' were so kind and encouraging to our students and our kids loved them," Inzenga said. "Our students had a once in a lifetime opportunity with a first class organization Festival Disney."