Congratulations to our Musicians! Print
Written by Steve Edwards   
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 08:48
73 student musicians from Falmouth High School competed on Friday, April 19th at Festivals of Music in Nashville, TN against six other schools from across the country.
Ensembles are judged on Overall Tone QualityIntonation both individual and ensemble, Rhythm accuracy, Technique, and Musicality in terms of expression and balance. Each category can earn up to ten points based on more specific details within each category. Two competitive selections are required not including a warm-up selection. Judges then total up the scores and submit a rating. 10-50 points is equal to a rating of "Poor", 60-70 points is equal to a "Fair" rating, 70-80 points is "Good", 80-90 is "Excellence" and 90-100 is given a rating of "Superior". Following the rating, judges compare the scores to the other schools involved in the festival and trophies are awarded. Additionally, "Over-all Best Performance" awards are given to the best ensembles.

The FHS Symphony Band received a 1st Place trophy and a rating of Good, the Chamber Strings received a 1st Place trophy and a rating of Superior, the Wind Ensemble received a 1st Place trophy and a rating of Excellence and the Jazz Combo received a 1st Place trophy and a rating of Superior. The Jazz Combo and the Wind Ensemble also received "Over-all Best Performance" awards and Sasha Gonye received the "Best Soloist" award for his efforts in the Jazz Combo.

These three college directors recognized the commitment, dedication and practice efforts of these kids and rewarded them for it. Congratulations to all of the instrumental students that participated in the festival.

Additionally, a special thank you to the chaperons that escorted our students to and from each destination. Without their commitment and kindness, we could not have had so much fun!