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4-PEAT! McCulloch music department earns ISSMA’s highest honor again

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News For the fourth year in a row, the McCulloch Junior High School music department has earned the Indiana State School Music Association’s highest honor, the J/M/E Total Department All Music Award — the only school in the state to do so.

Every year, ISSMA hosts several competitions for music students in the state. The All Music Awards are the culmination of those contests, and the music departments who earn them are among the best in the state.

“We truly have the best students, and we are so proud of them!” said McCulloch choir teacher Christina Huff. “We are so grateful for school, district, and community support of our choir and band programs. Our students would not have the opportunities for this much success without it!”

To qualify for the All Music Award, the school’s music students must have received gold ratings in all of the following events:
  • Solo and Ensemble Contest (at least one solo and one ensemble entering in Group I, II, or III)
  • Jazz Organizational Contest
  • J/M/E Organizational Contest
Because McCulloch qualified for the award in both choir and band, they were given the Total Department award, one of only two schools in the state to earn this award.  In 2017, McCulloch was one of only two schools in the state to earn this honor, and one of only three in 2016. In 2015 — the first year this award was given at the junior high level — McCulloch was the only school in the state to earn this honor. It remains the only school in the state to have won this award four years straight. This is an outstanding accomplishment, four years running, and our fantastic music students and teachers deserve much praise. We take this opportunity to say congratulations to them all!

There are many chances to hear these award-winning groups at various year-end shows:
  • 7th grade spring choir concert: 6 p.m. May 14 in the McCulloch auditorium
  • 8th grade spring choir concert: 6 p.m. May 15 in the McCulloch auditorium
  • 7th/8th grade spring band concert, 6 p.m. May 16 in the McCulloch gymnasium
  • Various performances on May 19 during the MCS All-City Art Show; watch for more specific schedule as the event nears