MCS singers featured at Circle the State with Song festival

Posted on Feb. 13 2017 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Last weekend, several dozen Marion Community Schools students joined with thousands of students from across the state in the annual Circle the State with Song choral festival.



McCulloch Junior High has participated in the festival for the past several years. For the second year in a row, though, students from Justice Intermediate School and all the MCS elementary schools took part. In addition, one McCulloch student, Michael Seybold, earned the honor of singing a solo!

The festival – which is held at several different sites around the state (this year from Feb. 11 through Feb. 25) – exposes young singers to new music and gives them the chance to have a choral experience quite different from the regular school class or performance.

After weeks of practice on their own and at their schools, students from across the state come together and work with a guest clinician on the day of the performance. Nearly 5,000 students from elementary schools, middle schools, and junior high schools around the state participate in this annual festival series, which is in its 29th year. The Indiana Music Educators Association puts on the event.

Marion Community Schools’ young artists performed at the CSWS festival on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Honeywell Center in Wabash. The students spent the day in rehearsals, and then put on a public performance in the afternoon.

"This was a great opportunity for our students," said Christina Huff, choir teacher at McCulloch Junior High School. "They held themselves to high standards, behaved professionally, and sang beautifully."

The students who participated in Circle the State With Song 2017 are:

McCulloch Junior High
Sopranos
  • Kari Bilbee
  • Tori Daehn
  • Jazzlyn DeBoard
  • Evelyn Detamore
  • Cassie Evans
  • Briana Huston
  • Makayla Kephart
  • Emma McAbee-Reher
  • Kaylie Nantz
  • Kylee O’Neil
  • Isis Phifer
  • Kaitlyn Tu
Altos
  • Timothy Bento
  • Navia Cushingberry
  • Mia de las Alas
  • Emily Fannin
  • Robert Herrington
  • Lizzie Nielander
  • Jessie Pickell
  • Amyah Richardson
  • Czarina Sierra
  • Anna Wuertley
Baritones
  • Marcus Bounds
  • Greg Johnson
  • Austen Mills
  • Alex Rayment
  • Michael Seybold
  • Jackson Vice

Justice Intermediate
Part 1 / Soprano
  • A’Miyah Adams
  • Chloe Bell-Mitchell
  • Nazdhia Dominguez
  • Brooklyn Evers
  • Emily Fisher
  • Lillia Fisher
  • Victoria Hardnett
  • Damari Harshaw
  • Chloe Hawkins
  • Alandra King
  • Emily Luckey
  • Stephany Miksch
  • Angel Mosier
  • Dessie Norwood
  • Destiny Reed
  • Ruby Saylor
  • D’nei Smith
  • Teysia Walker-Gray      
Part 2 / Alto
  • Danika Ayers
  • Lalah Boyd
  • Lexi Colbert
  • Noah Compton
  • Shalyn DeBoard
  • Keionna Foard
  • Destiny Gillespie
  • Savana Harvey
  • Gracey Johnson
  • Princess Jones
  • Alicia LeBlanc
  • Kalique Malone
  • Greg Marble
  • Hailey Markley
  • Karli Purvis
  • Faith Riggs
  • Aidan Ruley
  • James Russell
  • Kelsie Shoup

Allen Elementary
  • Chloe Kaski
  • Christian Harland
  • Kinadeigh Smith

Frances Slocum Elementary
  • Josephine Gibson
  • Nevaeh Grace
  • Michael Herrington
  • Jacen Rose

Kendall Elementary
  • Ava Adams
  • Nathaniel Beck
  • Ethan Boogar
  • Ciara Caldwell
  • Grace Chandler
  • Abigail Crouch
  • Makayla Munday
  • Michelle Rasor
  • Colin Rayment

Riverview Elementary
  • Dacia Boyd
  • Caleb Huff
  • Darionna Wrigh
We’re so proud of our talented students, and of our choral and music teachers as well for the opportunities they give to our students not only at special times such as this, but every day! At Marion Community Schools, we recognize the life-changing potential of arts education, and we are continuing to invest in these important programs.

We want to hear from you!

Posted on Feb. 08 2017 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The voices of our students’ parents are invaluable, and out of a desire to capture the thoughts and perspectives of McCulloch parents, we have two parent focus group events coming up.

We all know it takes a village to raise a child, and it certainly takes the community to help their local school district thrive. Dr. Lori Reeves will be the one heading up the event.

The details:
  • Who: MJH Parents and students
  • What: Parent Focus Group and student focus group (at evening session only)
  • Where: McCulloch Junior High School
  • When: Thursday, February 16th at 9:30 a.m. and again at 6 p.m.
  • Why? Because your voice matters!

McCulloch students shine at Solo and Ensemble competition

Posted on Feb. 06 2017 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Several McCulloch music students recently competed in the annual ISSMA Solo and Ensemble contests, and most of them brought home the gold!

In the annual competition put on by the Indiana State School Music Association, students play or sing alone or in small groups for judges, who then award gold, silver, or bronze ratings. Competitions are held around the state. 

Vocal / piano


Our young singers and piano players competed on Jan. 28 at Southside Middle School in Muncie. 

Here's a look at the students who competed and their awards:
  • Carynna Aguila, eighth grade; piano solo; gold rating
  • Jackson Vice, eighth grade; piano solo; gold rating
  • Cassie Evans, seventh grade, vocal solo; gold rating
  • Evelyn Detamore, eighth grade, vocal solo; gold rating
  • Kaitlyn Tu, eighth grade; vocal solo; gold rating
  • Natalyia McKinney; seventh grade; vocal solo; gold rating
  • Michael Seybold; eighth grade; vocal solo; gold rating
  • Emma McAbee-Reher; seventh grade; vocal solo; silver rating
  • Mia de las Alas, seventh grade, and Emily Fannin and Anna Wuertley, both eighth grade; vocal ensemble; gold rating
  • Tori Daehn, Briana Huston, and Michael Seybold, all eighth grade; vocal ensemble ; gold rating
  • Cassie Evans and Robert Herrington, both seventh grade, and Briana Huston, eighth grade; vocal ensemble silver rating

Instrumental

Our young musicians competing with other instruments attended the contest held Feb. 4 at Eastbrook High School:
  • Carynna Aguila, eighth grade; flute solo; gold rating
  • Ashya Bradberry, seventh grade; alto sax solo; gold rating
  • Soren Bruehler, eighth grade; trombone solo; gold rating
  • Landen Hammond, seventh grade; trumpet solo; gold rating
  • Faith Keaffaber, seventh grade; clarinet solo; gold rating
  • Takota Russ, eighth grade; alto sax solo; gold rating
  • Jillayne Bass, eighth grade; alto sax solo; silver rating
  • Makayla Starr, seventh grade; trumpet solo; silver rating
  • Takota Russ, Carynna Aguila. Evelyn Detamore, all eighth grade; alto sax ensemble; gold rating
  • Kylee O'Neil and Raenah Hyde, both eighth grade, and Courtney O'Neil, seventh grade; flute trio; gold rating
  • Emily Fannin, Marisa Wallace, Desirae Rankins, all eighth grade; woodwind trio; gold rating
  • Kaylie Nantz and Chloe Wilkes, both eight grade, and Emma McAbee-Reher, seventh grade; woodwind trio; gold rating
  • Anna Wuertley and Soren Bruehler, both eighth grade, and Jaden Gillespie, seventh grade; trombone trio; gold rating
  • Jackson Vice, Emma Maki, Carynna Aguila, all eighth grade; marimba trio; gold rating
Congratulations to all of these students! We're proud of you!

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