The Boardman High School orchestras were awarded top honors at the Fiesta-Val National Music Competition in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on April 27. Participating groups from Boardman were symphony orchestra and chamber orchestra. Bands, choirs, jazz ensembles and orchestras from Maryland to South Carolina participated in this festival.
The Boardman chamber orchestra received a superior rating and was awarded a second place trophy in division six. The Boardman symphony orchestra also received a superior rating and captured a first place trophy in division five. The symphony orchestra was also awarded the Best Overall Orchestra award. In addition, the judges awarded special adjudicator recognition” trophies to cello soloist Lily Gelfand and the entire cello section from symphony orchestra.
The judges commented that the Boardman orchestras had beautiful sounds from all sections and nice attention to musical detail.
“We are very proud of our orchestra students for their outstanding performance and their classy representation of our orchestra, school and community. The orchestra performed a very challenging program, including works of Berlioz, Dvorak, Von Suppe, Bach and Holst at a professional level. It is truly a privilege to instruct such a dedicated and talented group of students,” said orchestra director Michele Prokop.
The orchestra program in Boardman schools is taught by Michele Prokop, Bill Amendol and Tim Tuite.
While in Myrtle Beach, members of the Boardman orchestras visited the “Legends: In Concert,” which included imitators of Elton John, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin and Elvis Presley. Funds for travel and competition are provided by the families of orchestra members, the Boardman Band and Orchestra Parents Association and support from the Boardman community.
The orchestras are preparing for their next concerts for the community where much of the literature from the national competition will be showcased. The performance will be May 23 at 7 p.m. in the BPAC auditorium. In addition to music from the national competition, senior soloist Maddie Smotzer will be featured on piano. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for students. Senior citizens and preschoolers will be admitted free of charge.