OHS student Sharon Heather and retired OHS family and consumer science instructor Lynn Kaufman pose with a cutting board Sharon made for Mrs. Kaufman in Mr. Knuth's Tech 1 class. It is a beautiful piece of work finished with food grade mineral oil
Oregon, IL—On Saturday April 22nd the Oregon High School Music Program thought they were defending their 4th place title at IHSA Organizational Contest in Forreston, IL. Much to their surprise, their outstanding performances at Organizational Contest earned them a 3rd place title in Class B Music Sweepstakes with a total of 765 points.
The six ensembles competing consisted of two bands and four choirs: Concert Band, Concert Choir, Jazz Band, Jazz Choir, Treble Choir, and Bass Choir. Each group earned Superior (Division 1) ratings from each judge at contest. Additionally, these point totals were some of the highest Oregon High School has ever achieved. Two perfect scores were awarded to the Concert Choir and one perfect score was given to the Jazz Choir.
This win was a huge surprise to the music department. They scored 465 points at Solo and Ensemble contest, putting them in 4th place. They then earned the maximum 300 points possible at organizational contest. “It is unusual for a school’s ranking to increase after solo and ensemble contest since there’s a cap on the number of points that can be earned,” says OHS choir director Katie Sheridan. “We had done the best we could do and we were proud to be 4th. The fact that our students performed so well without the expectation of a trophy or high honor makes us incredibly proud.” Band director, Andy Eckardt, added “it was very rewarding to see the kids so pumped on Monday when they heard the news.”
The Oregon CUSD music department has several end-of-year concerts. Don’t miss your opportunity to hear these award-winning student musicians! The Oregon Elementary School 5th and 6th grade bands and choirs will be performing their spring concert on Thursday May 4th at 6:30p in the Oregon High School Gym (210 S. 10th St, Oregon IL off the Jefferson St. entrance). The David L. Rahn Jr. High Band and Choir Spring Concert will be on Tuesday May 11th at 7:00pm in the DLR Gym (105 W. Brayton Rd. Mt. Morris, IL). The Oregon High School Band and Choir will be performing their Spring Concert on Sunday May 7th at 2:00pm in the OHS Music Room (210 S. 10th St. Oregon, IL). The OHS Jazz Band and Jazz Choir will also be performing their annual Jazz Dance in the OHS Music Room at 7:00pm. All concerts are free admission with exception to the Jazz Dance, which is $5 for adults and $2 for students.