For the seventh 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 seven years straight, and one of only two schools in the state to earn the award this year.
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.
“Our students have so much to be proud of, especially in this uniquely challenging year,” said McCulloch Junior High Choir Director Christina Huff. “And we couldn’t have done it without extraordinary support from our administration. It would have been easy to say that we should skip contests this year due to all of the difficulties COVID has caused the performing arts. But our administration instead chose to trust us and allow us to continue, and we are very grateful.”
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 this year. The award was first given at the junior high level in 2015, when McCulloch was the only school in the state to earn the honor. It remains the only school in the state to have won this award seven years straight. This is an outstanding accomplishment, seven years running, and our fantastic music students and teachers deserve much praise. We take this opportunity to say congratulations to them all!
Watch for details coming up about how you can hear these award-winning groups at various year-end shows.