BHS Symphony Choir and Symphony Group Win Superiors in District Competition – Online Examiner


The Bellefontaine High School Music Department hosted the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) District 11 Band and Choir event at Bellefontaine High School on March 11-12.

The district contest featured schools from multiple counties.

The BHS Symphony Choir and Symphony Group received “top” ratings of 1.

L’Harmonie de Bellefontaine obtained an “excellent” rating.

Groups and choirs are graded by the OMEA grading system. They can receive scores of I, II, III, IV or V. A score of I is Superior, II is Excellent, III is Fair, IV is Poor and V is Very Poor.

In order to qualify for the state-level competition, a band or choir must receive a top score of 1.

Songs performed by the BHS Symphonic Choir included “Shenandoah” arranged by James Erb and Twa Tanbou arranged by Sydney Guillaume.

Songs performed by the BHS Symphonic Band included “The Walking Frog” by Karl King and “The Light Eternal” by James Swearingen.

The BHS Concert Band performed “St. Petersburg March” by Johnnie Vinson and “Canto” by Francis McBeth.

The symphonic choir will perform at the OMEA State Competition in Tipp City on April 29.

The symphony group will perform at the State Contest at Wright State on April 29.

The BHS Symphonic Choir is under the direction of Brice Henry and the two BHS groups are conducted by Jeremy Karg.

Both teachers were delighted with the results.

“Our students have been rehearsing for months,” the directors said. “Their hard work has been rewarded with top marks. We look forward to the state competition.

Former choir director Stacy Calton helped with the prep last week.

The BHS Symphonic Choir also held a preview concert last Tuesday evening.
Finally, the Orchester du Lycée de Bellefontaine obtained a higher rating than State last month. Laura Mitchell is the director of the BHS orchestra.


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