Submitted by the Bedford Schools Performing Arts Department
On Saturday, March 24th and Sunday, March 25th the Bedford Schools Performing Arts Department brought three groups to the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA), runs this festival each year in eight locations across the state. They strive to provide quality feedback for school ensembles from first-rate educators from across the country. Ensembles are rated against a set of standards and receive awards of Gold, Silver, Bronze, a Medal of Merit, or a Medal of Participation.
The Bedford High School Orchestra performed Rossini’s “Barber of Seville,” “Andante” from Tchaikovsky’s sixth symphony, and Bach’s “Concerto for Two Violins in d minor.” Soloing on the Bach were Shivani Angappan and Kyungchul Ha. The ensemble earned a silver rating.
The Bedford High School Honors Choir also earned a silver rating performing “In Praise of the Village” by Schultz, “My Spirit Sang All Day” by Finzi, and “Pat-a-pan” by Burrows. They earned silver ratings from two judges and a gold rating from the third averaging to an overall silver.
The Grade 6 Band from the John Glenn Middle School performed “Noble Procession” by Chambers, “Alpine Meadow” by Hodges, and “Olympia” by Balmages. They were amongst the youngest bands performing and earned a Bronze rating.
Each ensemble received a clinic with an adjudicator where their performance and ways to improve were discussed. Students in all three ensembles presented themselves well and positively represented our school system.