Boardman orchestra program reigns superior

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Neighbors | Submitted.Michele Prokop, Bill Amendol and Joel Monaco direct the Boardman orchestras that receieved high praise from judges at an OMEA adjudicated event on Feb. 23. Pictured are seniors, from left, (front) Madison Soles, Devin Whitaker, David Giancola, Jacob Smotzer, Brendan Rutledge, Brandon Chamberlain, Megan Janak; (middle) Reese Maslen, Carson Lancashire, Alexandra Morar, Katie Ryan, Annabelle Adkins, John Anzevino; (back) Patrick Kale, Alexander Blackburn, Amanda Morales and Morgan Marshall.

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Neighbors | Submitted.The Boardman orchestra program received superior ratings, the top score, for both their symphony and chamber orchestras at the Ohio Music Education Association State Orchestra adjudicated event at Granville High School on Feb. 23. Pictured are, from left, student musicians (front) Megan Janak, Katie Ryan, Hannah Brewer; (back) David Giancola and Jacob Smotzer

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Neighbors | Submitted.The Boardman symphony orchestra has the longest string of unbroken superior ratings, since 1973, of any orchestra in the state of Ohio. The Boardman chamber orchestra also received a superior rating, a rating they have been awarded every time they have performed at state contest for the past 29 years.

The Boardman orchestras once again made history for the Boardman Orchestra program and Boardman High School by bringing home superior (I) ratings for both symphony and chamber orchestra ensembles at the Ohio Music Education Association State Orchestra Adjudicated Event at Granville High School this past Feb. 23.

The 90-member Boardman symphony orchestra has the longest string of unbroken superior ratings, since 1973, of any orchestra in the state of Ohio.

The orchestra is led by principal string players: Aadam Zocolo, Concertmaster; Jacob Smotzer, Assistant Concertmaster; Evan Leskiw and Sam Holter, Second Violin; Marina Furman and Madison Soles, viola; Delia Walkowiec and Katie Ryan, cello; Haley Lowe and Peyton Curtis; bass.

Principal wind players for the band are: Camryn Norton, flute; John Anzevino, oboe; Nadine Gabriel, clarinet; Abbie Sammartino, bassoon; Megan Janak, french horn; Joseph McKinney, trumpet; Brendan Rutledge, trombone; Steven Rakocy, tuba; and Patrick Kale, percussion.

The symphony orchestra performed the “Slavonic Dance No.8 Opus 46” by Antonin Dvorak, “Overture to the Barber of Seville” by Gioachino Rossini and the last movement of Carl Nielsen’s “Aladdin Suite.”

The 30-member Boardman chamber orchestra also received a superior (I) rating, a rating they have been awarded every time they have performed at state contest for the past 29 years. The chamber orchestra performed the “Capriol Suite” by Peter Warlock, “Concerto Grosso Opus 6 No.6” by Arcangelo Corelli and the fourth movement of “St. Paul Suite” by Gustav Holst. Chamber orchestra selections featured Aadam Zocolo and Jacob Smotzer on violin and Delia Walkowiec on cello.

Comments about the chamber orchestra included: “Bravo! This was a well-played performance with terrific attention to style and musical details,” “A Superior performance in every respect” and “A well prepared performance today. I enjoyed the group’s musicality and maturity of sound. Congratulations to you and your fine directors.”

In addition to performing at state contest, the Boardman orchestras traveled to the campus of The Ohio State University to work with the music faculty where they commented that this was an outstanding orchestra. The Boardman orchestras will be participating in the Invitational National Music Competition in Virginia Beach, Va. this April.

The orchestras are under the direction of Michele Prokop, Bill Amendol and Joel Monaco.

The next regular concerts of the Boardman High School orchestras will be on March 23 at 7 p.m. when the Project Mayhem rock orchestra presents their annual concert. On May 23 at 7 p.m. in the Boardman Performing Arts Center the symphony, chamber and classical orchestras will perform their spring concert.

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