May was a busy month for Chatham’s music department. Across the department, students performed a total of five concerts and two parades, as well as participated in the regional New York State School Music Association( NYSSMA) Solo and Small Ensemble Festival and NYSSMA Majors festival. At both these festivals, Chatham students really represented!
At the NYSSMA Majors the entire ensemble is evaluated and awarded a bronze, silver, gold or gold with distinction based on several music criteria including: Tone, Intonation, Balance, Technique, Accuracy/Execution, Rhythm, and Interpretation. This year the festival was hosted at the High School by Chatham strings teacher Courtney Miller, which led to the ability of having participation from nearly every ensemble at CCSD. The 6th grade chorus received a gold rating, while the grade 7/8 band, grade 7/8 orchestra, grade 7/8 chorus, and high school orchestra each received a silver rating. The 6th grade band received a bronze rating. The 5th grade orchestra, 5th grade band and HS band all performed for comments only and received some valuable feedback to use in their program.
Nearly 80 Chatham students attended the NYSSMA Solo and Small Ensemble Festival. This year the festival was hosted at Chatham High School by Chatham choral teacher Samantha McShane. This annual festival provides an opportunity for students to perform alone or with a small ensemble for an adjudicator who provides the students with suggestions for strengthening their performances and improving their technique. Each student receives an evaluation sheet that includes written comments and a numerical score. The majority of our students received the top two scores of “excellent” or “outstanding” in levels 1-4 and “A” or “A+” in levels 5 or 6.
We are incredibly proud of the students’ and teachers’ hard work this year and appreciate the support of the Chatham community, especially our Fine Arts Booster Club members, as none of these events would happen without their support.