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