ISSMA competition

Posted on February 11, 2010 by


Nneka Robinson – Staff writer

Imagine yourself in front of a few judges where every part of the performance is critical. Some students are in a group, called an ensemble, or on your own performing a solo or a piano piece. For 40 of CHS students stepped up to the contest plate last Saturday at the Fairfield High School, where they competed not just for a rating but for a better understanding of their talents.

The Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) held solo and ensemble for a variety of students and individual school music ensembles. Students were evaluated against other singers in the area and given a rating by performance or vocal ability.

“It is an achievement to prepare a piece and hope that their hard work is recognized,” Brittany Gableman (director of vocal music) said.

ISSMA is not just a strict contest. The students tried to tie in as much fun as they could.

Each student had a chance to perform a song or a piano piece. Songs Like “Ma, he’s making eyes on me” by Con Conrad was performed by a barbershop quartet who placed first place and “Shoheen,” a cradle song, was performed by the girls ensemble. Both girls ensembles were qualify for state.

“I was excited because we worked so hard,” Cara Paden (11) said.

ISSMA was not just for vocal abilities but for students who perform piano pieces as well. Melissa Smith (10) performed “Fur Elise” by Ludwig Van Beethoven. She was nervous at first but faced her fears and preformed anyways.

“I like to challenge myself and that is actually what I did and by doing that I placed first,” Smith said.

30 students received gold ratings, 5 students brought home silver medals, and 2 brought home bronzes. Overall, CHS was well represented by the students who participated.

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