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Oregon High School Music takes second place

Oregon High School music students are pictured here in front of the school's main entrance. Pictured in the back row, left to right, are: Conner Harshman, Austin Ebert, Jeff Gracyalny, and Meghan Gracyalny. Middle row: Taylor Wilson and Tessa Burger. Front: Deven Kenerson. Photo supplied
Oregon High School music students are pictured here in front of the school's main entrance. Pictured in the back row, left to right, are: Conner Harshman, Austin Ebert, Jeff Gracyalny, and Meghan Gracyalny. Middle row: Taylor Wilson and Tessa Burger. Front: Deven Kenerson. Photo supplied

On Friday, April 13, the Oregon High School Music Program performed at the IHSA Organizational Contest in Forreston, defending their fifth place title.

This year their outstanding performances at Organizational Contest earned them a second place title in Class B Music Sweepstakes with a total of 771 points.

This is the first time since 1999 that Oregon High School has earned second place.

The six ensembles competing consisted of two bands and four choirs: Concert Band, Concert Choir, Jazz Band, Jazz Choir, Treble Choir, and Bass Choir.

Five out of six groups earned Superior (Division 1) ratings with one earning an Excellent (Division II) rating.

This win was once again a huge surprise to the music department.

Last year they earned third place after an unexpected leap from fourth. This year they scored 471 points at Solo and Ensemble contest, putting them in fifth place.

They then earned the maximum 300 points possible at organizational contest.

“We thought that if we earned our max points at Organizational Contest, we’d likely earn third place. Seeing second on the screen the next evening was a huge surprise,” said OHS choir director Katie Sheridan.

“We were really nervous going into contest but we were really well-prepared and we went in confidently to perform our hearts out,” said junior choir member Tessa Burger.

The Oregon CUSD music department has several end-of-year concerts.

“Don’t miss your opportunity to hear these award-winning student musicians!,” Sheridan said.

• Oregon Elementary School’s fifth and sixth grade bands and choirs, Spring Concert on Thursday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the OHS gym.

• David L. Rahn Junior High Band and Choir Spring Concert, Thursday, May 10 at 7 p.m. in the DLR gym.

• Oregon High School Band and Choir Spring Concert Sunday, May 6 at 2 p.m. in the OHS Music Room.

• OHS Jazz Band and Jazz Choir annual Jazz Dance in the OHS Music Room Saturday, May 12 at 7 p.m.

All concerts are free admission with exception to the Jazz Dance, which is $5 for adults and $2 for students.

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