MHS Orchestra earns 11th straight 'I' rating at state competition

Friday, April 6, 2012
Front row, from left: Kirsten Kelly, Mackensie Cochran, Analee Tucker, Philip Quick, Jasyn Dailing, Brittany Mallory. Middle row, from left: Cindy Umana, Isaac Barr, Wathall Kays, Christian Fawkes, Ashton Reagles, Shayla Mills, Hope Tumlinson, Kameron Godsey. Top row, from left: Caitlin Crawford, Rachel Sapone, Jesse Lundervold, Molly King, Isaiah Guthrey, Stephen Meyer, Courtney Crusha, Taylor Ervin and Dalton Lines. Not pictured: Jana Lappin and Lavona Lawton. (Contributed photo)

The Marshall High School Orchestra earned its 11th consecutive "I" rating at the state music festival held at Thespian Hall in Boonville, according to a news release from Director Kevin Lines.

In order to earn a "I" rating, a group must consistently demonstrate the highest level of musical performance, he said.

The orchestra performed the allegro movement of George Frideric Handel's "Concerto Grosso," "Pavane" by Maurice Ravel, and "M to the Third Power" by contemporary composer Carold Nunez.

The orchestra performed before a panel of three judges, who are all 30-plus year veterans in the field of music education.

Following the prepared portion of the festival, the orchestra then performed for a fourth judge for the sight-reading portion of the evaluative festival. The orchestra was given a piece of music and had six minutes to discuss all aspects of performing the work, which was written specifically for the state festival.

The MHS Orchestra was only one of six ensembles to earn a "I" rating during the two-day instrumental contest.

"I am extremely proud of these young men and women for their hard work," Lines said. "To achieve this level of performance comes from years of hard work and discipline. These students are not only fine musicians, they are outstanding scholars. The Missouri State High School Activities recently recognized the MHS Orchestra for their academic excellence. The orchestra compiled a collective 3.70 grade-point average for first semester."

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  • Congratulations!

    -- Posted by radargart on Fri, Apr 6, 2012, at 1:30 PM
  • Great to hear about this and proud to have been a member way back in the 50's under Harold Lickey who started me on flute as a freshman. Only sorry that there seems to be only about half the number of members we had. Catherine Naegelin Carnes

    -- Posted by Catherine Naegelin Carnes on Sat, Apr 7, 2012, at 2:20 PM
  • Great job, congratulations to all of you.

    -- Posted by meagain on Sat, Apr 7, 2012, at 5:17 PM
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