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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News One of our young artists here at Kendall Elementary was recently named one of only 36 blue ribbon honorees in the annual Symphony in Color statewide art competition, and another of our students earned an honorable mention.



Alexa Ortiz-Juarez, second grade, earned a blue ribbon in the 2017 Symphony in Color competition.




Chloee Bridges, second grade, earned an honorable mention in the 2017 Symphony in Color competition.

 

A panel of judges selected 100 pieces as finalists, out of tens of thousands submitted by students around the state. Just 36 pieces are named Blue Ribbon honorees. The finalists' work will be on display from April 1 through May 7 at the Indiana State Museum and the Hilbert Circle Theater.

Congratulations to Alexa and Chloee on their awards, and thanks to art teacher Karen Fry for the opportunities and guidance she provides all year long to our students!

More than 30,000 students in grades one through six participate in the annual competition, presented by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Association along with the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Each year five musical selections are chosen from the current ISO season, and art teachers across the state utilize the selections in a special activity in which students produce artwork inspired by the music played for them.

This year’s musical selections:
  • "Montagues and Capulets” from Romeo and Juliet, by Sergei Prokofiev
  • “The Fairy Garden” from the Mother Goose Suite by Maurice Ravel
  • “Tritsch Tratsch Polka, Op. 214” by Johann Strauss Jr.
  • “Mambo” from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein
  • “Air on the G String: Suite No. 3 in D Major” by Johann Sebastian Bach
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The McCulloch Junior High School band and choir both earned gold ratings this weekend at the Indiana State School Music Association's organizational contests, for the third straight year.

This puts them in line for their third consecutive ISSMA Total Department All-Music Award. McCulloch will be the only school in the state that can claim this distinction for three years in a row!

We are so proud of our talented young musicians and their dedicated teachers, Mrs. Huff and Mr. Ways.

Music education is important and valued at Marion Community Schools — and it shows!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Last weekend, the McCulloch Junior High School jazz band and jazz choir both earned a gold rating in the Indiana State School Music Association's jazz competition, for the third straight year.



The McCulloch jazz choir performs at the ISSMA 207 competition.



The jazz choir poses for a photo at the ISSMA competition in March 2017.
 


McCulloch singer Michael Seybold also received special recognition for his vocal solo.
 


The McCulloch jazz band performs during the 2017 ISSMA competition.
 

The jazz band competed March 3 in Kokomo. The choir competed March 4 in Waterloo.

We are proud of these talented students and their dedicated teachers!
 

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Last weekend, the Marion High School jazz band earned a gold rating in the annual Indiana State School Music Association jazz competition, for the third year in a row!  


"Their performance result speaks volumes about the work the students put in and the training they received prior to entering high school," MHS Director of Bands Josh Huff said. "This year's jazz band features two seniors, four juniors, four sophomores, and 10 freshman. To perform the level of music this group did is extremely challenging for a younger group to perform."

We are so proud of these talented young musicians — and of our outstanding music program throughout the district!

 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Several Marion High School students competed at the state level solo and ensemble competition put on by the Indiana State School Music Association recently, bringing home several gold medals!

To earn a spot at the state competition, these students first had to earn a gold rating in the most difficult division of the regional ISSMA competition

The vocal/piano competition was held Feb. 18 at Perry Meridian High School in Indianapolis. The instrumental competition was held Feb. 25 at North Central High School in Indianapolis.

Congratulations to these talented young musicians!
  • Jada Adaway, senior, vocal solo; silver rating
  • Allie Durbin, senior, vocal solo; gold rating
  • Saidah Edwards, freshman, vocal solo; silver rating
  • Kaleb Evans, junior, vocal solo; gold rating
  • John Flowers, freshman, vocal solo; gold rating
  • Tristan Galeon, sophomore, piano solo, "Impromptu Op.90, No.2" by Franz Schubert; gold rating
  • Amonte King, junior, vocal solo; gold rating
  • Myles Kohn, freshman, vocal solo; gold rating
  • Lindsay Ngo, senior, vocal solo; gold rating
  • Maria Porter, junior, vocal solo; gold rating
  • Kendra Quill, junior, vocal solo; gold rating
  • Casey Reaves, junior, vocal solo; gold rating
  • Ethan Roberts, senior, multi-tenor percussion solo, "Cruise Control" by Julia Davila; gold rating
  • Kabriel Robinson, freshman, vocal solo; gold rating
  • Sophie Schenck, sophomore, trumpet solo, "Allegro" by Vivaldi; gold rating
  • Anna Shigley, freshman, vocal solo; gold rating