After a two-year pause, Providence Day School’s Middle and Upper School students in band, chorus, and orchestra once again participated in judged performances at North Carolina Music Educators Association Music Performance Adjudication (MPA) events and Carowinds Festival of Music.
The adjudications allow choral and ensemble groups from both private and public schools to perform and receive feedback from a panel of expert judges. All of PD’s groups performed exceptionally well and received meaningful comments from the judges. Each specialty has its own judging rubric, considering multiple criteria such as musical excellence in tone and pitch for band and diction in chorus.
After receiving their scores and hearing judges' comments from each event, the students were able to appreciate the detailed rehearsals in preparation for these performances. “It was refreshing to be able to travel and perform live again. To play for and get feedback from this caliber of judges at these events is so valuable for our students," said Director of Bands Dr. Michael Hough. “They worked so hard preparing for these events and I am so proud of them. They represent PD well in every way!"
Due to restrictions on singing because of the pandemic, eighth-grade students enrolled in chorus since sixth grade performed at their first events on stage as Middle School students this spring. “It was especially thrilling to share these opportunities with our students over the past month,” said Choral Director and Performing Arts Chair Libby Tilson. “This chorus year has been a year to celebrate – we're back to singing in the chorus room, we're participating in off-campus choral events, and our students continue to make us proud. Brava to all of the band, chorus, and orchestra students for their extraordinary work this year!"
The performing arts team is thrilled to continue performing at several end-of-year concerts.
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