OMEA Solo and Ensemble earn superior ratings

Darby orchestra, vocal, and band students competed alongside high-schoolers from all-around Central Ohio in the annual Ohio Music Education Association Solo and Ensemble event at Reynoldsburg High School on Feb. 13.

Senior Cassie Howard stated, “I did a violin duet with Hannah Lee and a piano solo. It was my last Solo and Ensemble competition which was weird but performing with [Hannah] was very fun because we’re such good friends.”

  Everyone who competed in the orchestra section of the competition received superior or excellent ratings (1 or 2). This competition acted as a great kickoff to the state competition that Darby orchestra will participate in on Saturday, February 20. Both Chamber and Symphonic orchestras will compete as groups in the contest. The contest will be held at Reynoldsburg High School.

  Junior Nedine Rasul competed in the vocal part of the competition and said, “It was really crowded [because] there were a million schools there but all-in-all it was a great experience.” The vocal division follows the same procedures as the orchestra section. Once again, the contest acted as a good kickoff to the concert the Symphonic Choir had on Sunday, February 22.

  Students typically register through their schools, and competitors are split into middle school and high school divisions. Students will perform a song of a certain class ranking ranging from AA to C. A ‘AA’ piece is the highest and hardest piece a contestant can perform and a C is the simplest. A ‘AA’ piece requires greater technicality and expression as a performer where as a C piece doesn’t require as much. After their performance, participants receive written feedback from judges. Contestants have rudiment requirements and are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. A 1 is a superior rating where the performer made very few technical errors and had a good display of expression. A 5 on the other hand is when the performance was very poor and lacked most essential performance factors. According to www.omea-ohio.org/ the ‘Ohio Five Rating Plan’ is used to help a judge make the final decision if the performance was up to par.

Senior Cassie Howard stated, “I did a violin duet with Hannah Lee and a piano solo. It was my last Solo and Ensemble competition which was weird but performing with [Hannah] was very fun because we’re such good friends.”

  Everyone who competed in the orchestra section of the competition received superior or excellent ratings (1 or 2). This competition acted as a great kickoff to the state competition that Darby orchestra will participate in on Saturday, February 20. Both Chamber and Symphonic orchestras will compete as groups in the contest. The contest will be held at Reynoldsburg High School.

  Junior Nedine Rasul competed in the vocal part of the competition and said, “It was really crowded [because] there were a million schools there but all-in-all it was a great experience.”

  The vocal division follows the same procedures as the orchestra section. Once again, the contest acted as a good kickoff to the concert the Symphonic Choir had on Sunday, February 22.

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