Archbold High School musicians garnered several top awards at the 2017 Ohio Music Education Association state competition, Friday, April 21 at Van Buren High School.
Kent Vandock, AHS director of choral activities, said all three Archbold choirs– the mens chorus, the womens chorus, and the Chorale (boys and girls singing together) each earned Superior or I ratings.
“This marks the 11th consecutive year that choral ensembles from Archbold have appeared at state contest,” Vandock said.
“In addition, this marks the third consecutive year that three choral ensembles from Archbold High School have gone to state contest and all received Superior ratings!”
The AHS band, competing in Class B, earned an Excellent, or II rating and a Superior, or I rating in sight reading.
Beth Voll, AHS band director, said in an article that appeared in the March 8 edition of this newspaper, the band moved from Class C to Class B.
The band competed on the C level for about 10 years, and qualified for state three times out of the last four years.
Moving to Class B required additional instruments, and the music is more challenging. She said she began switching students to new instruments last spring.
In the sight reading competition, Voll and the band were given a new piece of music they had never played before. With only a few minutes to go over it, they performed the piece for the judges.