M-W musicians earn highest honors at national championship

on January 24, 2017


Monroe-Woodbury musicians win many awards at the Washington D.C. competition.When members of the Monroe-Woodbury Music Department prepare for competitions, they mean business. 109 members of the Wind Ensemble, Voice Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra traveled to Washington, D.C. to compete in the WorldStrides Heritage Inaugural Festival held on January 21 at the Schlesinger Performing Arts Center and George Mason University. Musicians from high schools throughout the country competed in this prestigious competition.

M-W musicians came home with seven first place trophies, three gold plaques and four individual student performance awards. Amazing!

Best Band. Best Orchestra. Best Chorus. Best Overall Band. Best Overall Orchestra. Best Overall Chorus.

And it doesn’t stop there. The M-W Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra received the Instrumental Supersweeps award for highest combined score and the Voice Ensemble received the Choral Supersweeps award for highest overall score. The Wind Ensemble earned the Best Instrumental award for the entire competition and M-W brought home the Overall Supersweeps award.

“The moment  they announced we won the final sweepstakes award, everyone from Monroe-Woodbury just stood up and went nuts. It was amazing!” said Natalie Davidson, a cellist in the Chamber Orchestra.

In addition, four individual students won trophies for their solo performances: Kellie Baer, soprano; Katharine Edel, oboe; Victor Yang, clarinet; and Christine Wang, violin.

The Voice Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble were adjudicated by nationally recognized clinicians who commented on the caliber of the performances as well as the overall program, even stating that the M-W groups were among some of the best they had ever heard.

“The M-W students and their teachers are to be commended for demonstrating what young people are capable of when they work hard. These diverse and dedicated musicians have been working tirelessly for months in preparation for this performance, using the skills they have honed since elementary school. I am beyond proud of their accomplishments and how they represented the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District,” said Nicole Regan, district music coordinator. 

While the students’ primary reason for traveling to D.C. was for the music competition, they were able to fit in some other activities along the way. On January 19, 109 students and chaperones traveled to their hotel in Washington, D.C. after a stop at the Baltimore Harbor. On January 20, after a 3.5 mile walk and multiple security checkpoints, the students witnessed the Inauguration ceremony, an event they had only ever seen on television.

The Monroe-Woodbury musicians would like to thank the community, administration, teachers and Board of Education for their continual support of the amazing music department at M-W!

Enjoy some highlights from the trip in this video compiled by the Music Department.

And view recent coverage on the News Channel 12!

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