Article by: Joe Pohl
The Perry School District is pleased to announce that eight Perry Middle School students were accepted to perform in the 2018 Ohio Music Education Association’s (OMEA) All-State Children’s Chorus in Columbus, Ohio, on February 8th.
They are: fifth graders, Allison Camper, Victoria Collins, Spencer Kilpatrick, Aria Lombardo, Ella McMurtrie, Jillian Roberts, Madelyn Rupert, and Hannah Whittaker.
Students from all around the state auditioned in fourth grade by submitting recordings of themselves singing verses of selected songs to be eligible to participate in the event this year, in fifth grade. A total of 126 students made up this year’s chorus.
Seven of the eight Perry students were able to commit to three regional rehearsals, which was a requirement to be eligible to perform at the OMEA’s annual Professional Development Conference. Selected choristers rehearsed at Hawken School in Gates Mills on Saturdays prior to the event, and participated in a full group rehearsal and final concert with a guest conductor at the conference. “Our students did a wonderful job representing our school, “said Perry Elementary School music teacher, Amanda McMurtrie. “They worked very hard to learn six advanced musical selections. The final concert was amazing. I was very proud of our students and glad that they had this opportunity!”
Auditions are open to all public, private, and home-schooled students in grades four and five, whose teachers are members of OMEA. Home-schooled students are also eligible with a parent or private teacher being a member of OMEA.
The 2018 OMEA Conference was held February 8-10 in Columbus, Ohio, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. With an average of nearly 3,000 registered music educators and total attendance of approximately 9,000, this event ranks as one of the largest state conferences in the nation!