The Berea-Midpark Symphonic Winds scored high marks at the OMEA District 4 competition in Westlake last night. Performing in class AA, the ensemble received “ones” in all categories and received thunderous applause from the audience at the Westlake Performing Arts Center.
After scoring the group with the high marks, the judges added the following comments:
“What a joy to listen to this very fine performance this evening. You have prepared very well and really entertained this audience with very fine music. BRAVO!”
“I was very impressed with the control of your tone at all dynamic levels. This program showcased your tender moments as well as the exciting moments – all done with intonation and technique. Thanks for playing tonight.”
“Thank you for playing today. This was a joy listening to the band tonight. You have the tools necessary to make a fine musical presentation. You certainly have great leadership. Keep up the good work!”
Following their stage performance, Symphonic Winds was taken to a rehearsal room where they were judged on their ability to “sight read” a piece of music. In this challenge the group was presented a piece of music they had not seen before, given four minutes to review the music within their various sections and four minutes to review the music with their director, culminating in the performance of the piece.
After receiving a “one” for sight reading the judge commented:
“You bring the music ALIVE because you have dynamic contrast, which leads to good expression, which leads to an ALIVE sound.”
The Berea-Midpark Symphonic Winds is under the direction of Mr. Jeff Fudale.