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CMS Music students earn Gold ratings at ISSMA contest

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It was a new look this school year in the Chesterton Middle School Music Department with three of the four staff members being new to their position. Last school year’s retirement of orchestra director Tom Schnabel and choir director Amy Otto brought two new faces to those ensembles this fall, Erin Gerig with the orchestra and Laura Gorski with the choir. Rounding out the additions was Joe Nuzzo, teaching general music and assisting with the band program.

As March approached with the ISSMA Organizational Contests in view, the CMS Music students and ensembles were ready to compete with their new directors. Over 350 students at CMS performed in seven ensembles this year, with each ensemble earning a Gold Rating. Two ensembles, the 7th grade Band and the Girls Choir, scored better than 85% of all competing groups in the state and earned a Gold "With Distinction" rating.

“Despite all the changes, it's nice to know that our bar continues to be set high," said Director of Music Education Vince Arizzi. "The kids worked hard for this recognition, as did the staff, and we're very proud of the result.”

The groups will present their spring concerts in May.

The Spring Orchestra Concert features students in grades 5-8 onÊTuesday, May 22, at 7:00 p.m., in the CHS Auditorium.

The Spring Choral Concert, featuring 7th and 8th grade students, is onÊTuesday, May 15, at 7:00 p.m., in the CMS Auditorium.

The Spring Band Concert, featuring 6th through 8th grade students, will be held off campus this year at the Coffee Creek Amphitheater on Thursday, May 17, at 6:00 p.m.

All concerts are free and open to the public.


Posted 4/20/2018




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