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Board of Education recognizes "Superior" CCS music programs

posted Jun 16, 2016, 7:04 AM by Haley McDougal   [ updated Jun 16, 2016, 7:32 AM ]
Band, orchestra, and choral programs in Cleveland County Schools were recognized at the June 13th Board of Education meeting for receiving “superior” ratings from their respective Music Performance Adjudication (MPA) competitions.

The directors of these programs took their top ensembles to compete at MPA near the end of the 2015-2016 school year. The ensembles performed and were critiqued by revered music professionals. 

For some schools in the county, superior ratings are part of a long tradition of the school's music programs, such as Kings Mountain High School. With this year's rating, the school's choral department received its 36th straight superior. 

The following directors were recognized at the meeting and are listed with their performing ensemble(s) and music grade levels.
  • Ashley Smith, Burns Middle School, Seventh & Eighth Grade Mixed Chorus and Seventh & Eighth Grade Treble Chorus - Grade Level III
  • Carol McSwain, Burns Middle School, Eighth Grade String Orchestra - Grade Level II
  • Bonnie Scruggs, Crest High School, Concert Band - Grade Level IV
  • Peter Strickland, Crest High School, String Orchestra - Grade Level IV
  • Sarah Fulton, Kings Mountain High School, Women’s Ensemble - Grade Level IV - and Symphonic Chorale - Grade Level VI
  • Andrew Washburn, Kings Mountain High School, Concert Band - Grade Level IV
Several directors attended other events, some out-of-state, that interfered with MPA event schedules, such as John Champney, Shelby High School orchestra director. Champney took his students to compete in a different competition in San Francisco this year. 

Greg Shull, director of communications for CCS, congratulated the directors on their hard work and dedication to their students.

"These talented directors and students have worked hard all year and have represented Cleveland County well," Shull said. "We are very proud to have these music programs and look forward to many more years of superior-quality performances from them."

Click Here to find out more about how music is graded through MPA. See the attached document to learn more about what it takes to receive a “Superior” rating at an MPA competition. This includes the music selection process, the stage, sight-reading rating systems, and a rubric for determining the final rating of an ensemble based on individual caption scores.
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Haley McDougal,
Jun 16, 2016, 7:04 AM
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