BCPS band, chorus students receive high ratings

BCPS band, chorus students receive high ratings
Posted on 03/28/2019

Burke County Public Schools middle and high school bands and choruses have competed in recent MPAs (Music Performance Adjudication) events.


At the high school level, the Patton High School Symphonic Band received a Superior rating and the Draughn High School Symphonic Band was given a rating of Excellent at MPA on March 12 on the campus of Lenoir Rhyne University.


All three of the Freedom High School Choral Program choirs performed for ratings at Large Ensemble MPA at First Presbyterian Church, Gastonia, North Carolina on March 15. All three ensembles received Superior ratings, making it the fourth consecutive year and the fourth time in school history that all three choirs received Superior ratings at Large Ensemble MPA. 
Concert Choir and Women’s Choir received Superior ratings in Grade 4 music, and Chamber Singers received a Superior in Grade 6, the most difficult grade of music for high school ensembles. This makes the fourth consecutive and fifth in school history, (the first being in 1985) Grade 6 Superior from a Freedom HS choir.  
In addition to the choirs’ performances at Large Ensemble MPA, Freedom also had 24 singers participate in Solo MPA on Feb. 28 at Corinth Reformed Church-Hickory, NC. Of the Freedom singers, 21 soloists and a duet received Superior ratings, and three received Excellent ratings. Two received perfect scores (100), two received 99s, two 98s, and many other singers received scores in the mid-high 90s. 

Draughn High School Chamber Singers received a Superior rating on Feb. 28. Three soloists -Alana Bridges, Emma Davis and Alle Douglas - Superior and Excellent ratings for their solo performances.

At the North Carolina High School Solo and Small Ensemble MPA at Corinth United Church of Christ in Hickory on Feb. 28, the East Burke High School Chamber Singers scored a superior. One of the Chamber Singers’ selections featured seniors Jada Houser and Cameron Bumgarner as soloists. Individual student accomplishments are as follows:
Cameron Bumgarner: Superior
Kloey Merck: Superior
Duet (Jillian Duckworth and Lexi Shoup): Superior
Trio (Chelsea Walters, Savannah Watson and Raegan Robinson): Superior
Nkao Ia Xiong: Excellent
Alexis Stephens: Excellent
Anna Crist: Superior
At the North Carolina High School Large Ensemble MPA at First Presbyterian Church in Gastonia on March 15, the EBHS Mixed Chorale received a superior rating.


On the middle school level, Liberty, Walter Johnson, Heritage, and East Burke attended the eighth-grade Symphonic Band at Lenoir Rhyne University for the annual Music Performance Adjudication event. Liberty received a Superior rating and Walter Johnson, Heritage and East Burke received an “Excellent rating.

Liberty students performed three selections, “March to Buckingham Palace” by Mekel Rogers, “Arabian Dances” by Roland Barrett, and “The Cave you Fear” by Michael Markowski. Arabian Dances featured solos by Shelby Lail and Kinley Attaway. These selections were judged by Dr. John Entzi, a professor of trumpet at Mars Hill University, Tony Powell, band director at Archdale-Trinity Middle School in Cary, North Carolina and Kim Summers, band director at Archdale-Trinity Middle School in Trinity, North Carolina. For this performance, and for their performance in the sight reading room, students received a Superior rating, which is the highest rating a band ensemble can earn at this event. Liberty’s band program is led by Alex Powell. Under his direction, Liberty students have earned a superior rating for the second straight year and the band program has grown to include over 40 percent of the student body. The band will conclude the year with spring concert performances May 14 at Liberty.


Table Rock’s chorus MPA on Monday, April 1.

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