6 Middle School band students earn superior ratings at OMEA

6 Middle School band students earn superior ratings at OMEA

Eight Summit students competed at the OMEA event last month, and six received Superior ratings. Left to right are Tommy DiPaola, Grant Gerhardt, Avery McEachern, Iona Mason, Abby Almaguer, A.J. Ferguson and Jimmy Fraley. Not pictured: Oren Jenkins.

Six students from The Summit Country Day School’s Harold C. Schott Middle School band earned Superior ratings in the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) solo and ensemble event last month.

Tommy DiPaola, Irene Calderon, Jimmy Fraley and Iona Mason all earned the highest “Superior” rating for their solo performances. Additionally, The Summit clarinet trio consisting of Tommy DiPaola, Avery McEachern and Abby Almaguer also earned a “Superior” rating as a group. A trumpet quartet including Grant Gerhardt, A.J. Ferguson, Jimmy Fraley and Oren Jenkins also performed at the event.

At the event, students played their pieces for a judge, who rated their performances based on specific criteria and offer a written critique, rating the performance on an “I,” or one, through “V,” or five, scale.

According to the OMEA website, a “Superior” rating is earned with “an outstanding performance” that exemplifies “a truly musical expression.” The rating is reserved “for the truly outstanding performance.”

-Hannah Michels