HEADLINE: Vidalia Choirs Receive High Honors in Performance
March 3, 2016, Savannah, GA – Vidalia Comprehensive High School’s Show Choir and Chorus attended the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) District One Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE) on Thursday, and came home with high honors awarded in performance.
The performance evaluation program sponsored by GMEA is an evaluation procedure of musical performance and sight-reading abilities for individual students, performing groups, and teachers. Performance evaluation participation affords valuable opportunity and motivation for learning during an extended period of time prior to the event as part of regularly-scheduled school work. Recognized authorities in the field of music education critique the participation of each performance and provide their written opinions. Judges’ evaluations are based on a standard rating of excellence in performance and sight-reading, and provide students and educators with comments and suggestions for improvement. Holding to the philosophy that musical performance is the most essential form of learning in our subject area, and that the proper evaluation of these situations is of inestimable value to the individual school and its music education program, preparation for public performances, including LGPE, provides added incentive for the teaching and learning of music in our schools.
The goals of GMEA LGPE participation are: • To promote through evaluation, advice and suggestion, the development of musical knowledge as expressed in performance; • To raise the standards of musicianship, instrumentation, technical knowledge, and literature selection of performers; and • To offer students and teachers the opportunity of extended listening to the best work of peer groups from other schools.
The following ratings are awarded by each of three adjudicators in GMEA performance evaluations: • Superior - Denotes Division I rating. Outstanding performance. Worthy of distinction of being recognized as among the very best. • Excellent - Denotes Division II rating. Unusually good performance in many respects, but not worthy of the highest rating due to minor defects. A performance of distinctive quality. • Good - Denotes Division III rating. A good performance, but not one that is outstanding. Shows accomplishment and marked promise, but lacks one or more essential qualities. • Fair - Denotes Division IV rating. A performance that shows some obvious weaknesses, generally weak and uncertain. • Poor - Denotes Division V rating. A performance which reveals much room for improvement. The students reveal almost a complete lack of preparedness and understanding.
The Vidalia Show Choir received an overall Superior (I) rating in their performance of Class B literature, including “Non Nobis, Domine” by Rosephanye Powell and “Locus Iste” by Anton Bruckner. Both pieces were sung in Latin and performed A Cappella for the judges, who awarded the highest honors.
Vidalia High School Beginning Chorus received an overall Excellent (II) rating from the judges at Savannah Arts Academy, despite being one of the smaller groups singing for adjudication. The chorus sang two selections from the GMEA Class D choral repertoire list: "Follow the Drinking Gourd" a traditional African-American spiritual arranged by Dan Davison, with Sarah Montford, former choral director accompanying the choir at the piano. They then sang "Cantate Domino,” by Pitoni, in Latin, A Cappella.
Members of the choirs who participated in the performance evaluation are Chinna Allen, Casandra Avila, Bailey Bacon, Lilly Bailey, Christian Beard, Bryanna Beasley, Sharee Campbell, Adrianna Collins, Cassidy Collins, Redaijah Day, Kei'veyon Demery, Anthony Edgerton, Malory Ellis, Simone Ellison, Kristina Faircloth, Clayton Fritho, Larry Fussell, Faith Futch, Kali Hodges, Kolby Hulett, Angel Humphrey, Emily Johnson, Jessica Jones, Elizabeth Loosberg, Hope McCullough, Lillith McKenzie, Landon Miller, Taylor Mosley, I'reyawn Murphy, Chastity Oliver, Kaitlyn Portwood, Madison Query, Carmen Sharpe, Elyse Sherman, Samantha Stanley, Jose Valazquez, Shelby West, Ambria Wheeler, and (Show Choir Members in Italics).
Mr. Morgan expresses gratitude to each chorus student for their dedication to musical excellence, saying, “We could not have accomplished this without talented students and a lot of hard work.” Morgan also expressed thanks to the chorus parents, to Sarah Montford (accompanist), to Superintendent Dr. Garrett Wilcox, the Vidalia City Schools Board of Education, and VCHS Principal John Sharpe.