Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School is thrilled to announce that its Concert Choir received a first place Gold Award and invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall as a result of its performance at the Heritage Music Festival in Anaheim on April 7th. The students’ musical performance was judged by professional choral conductors based on a national set of performance standards and criteria, including intonation, tone, blend, balance, diction, general effect, choice of music, and interpretation. Plaques were awarded indicating each school’s rating on one of five levels: gold, silver, bronze, merit and festival.
Performing “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Oh Danny Boy,” and “Lean On Me,” the Concert Choir earned first place in their category with 96 points out of a possible 100. This score ranks them in the top 10% of schools competing nationwide and earned them an invitation to participate in the Festivals of Gold event at Carnegie Hall.
“I’m so proud of our students. They’ve worked a lot of long hours, meeting before school three times per week for several months, to create this gold medal performance,” beamed Michael Higgins, music teacher and choir director at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School. “The opportunity to be adjudicated at a national competition motivated the students to really strive to be the best musicians they can be.”
The Concert Choir also received the Outstanding Choral Award for receiving the highest Choral score of all competing schools in the weekend’s competition.
“With his dedication, creativity, and a ‘rock to Bach’ teaching methodology that truly engages our students in the study of music, Mr. Higgins has helped create a Middle School music program that is not just among the best in our area, but among the very best in the nation,” said Head of School Erik Carlson “I am so impressed with our students, not just for their well-earned scores, but for displaying outstanding character and friendship while meeting other students from around the country.”
Between the Concert Choir and two Instrumental Ensembles that also competed, 92 Saint Andrew’s students took part in this year’s competition. Instrumental Ensemble 1 performed “Sweet Child of Mine,” a medley of Disney tunes, and “My Shot” from Hamilton. Ensemble 1 was awarded a Gold rating, scoring 90 out of a possible 100 points. Instrumental Ensemble 2 received a Silver rating with a score of 85 out of 100 for the performance of a medley of Led Zeppelin songs and an original pop medley.
“While, of course, we want to win, the Heritage Festival is a chance for each student to really celebrate their dedication to the group and the progress they’ve made since the beginning of the year,” Higgins stated. “Each student should feel very proud of their achievements as a singer, instrumentalist and a group member.”
Be sure to come hear all of our fifth to eighth grade students perform
at the Spring Concert on Thursday, May 25th at 2:15PM in The Hall.