Goshen earns third in state choir contest; other schools compete in orchestra, band

Several local high schools had music groups competiting at the Indiana State School Music Association organizational finals.

Posted on May 4, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on May 4, 2013 at 3:07 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS — Several local schools’ music groups competed at the Indiana State School Music Association state finals Saturday, May 4, in Indianapolis.

Goshen High School was the only local school that had a mixed concert choir qualify for the state competition, placing third in Saturday’s competition out of the top 16 high school choirs in the state, according to information on ISSMA’s website. Saturday’s contest was at the Pike Performing Arts Center at Pike High School in Indianapolis.

Marcia Yost, Goshen's choir director, said that the group "performed very, very well" and that the students and directors felt good about their performance.

They're now looking forward to the end of the school year and the high school's final concert, where the choir can celebrate with Goshen's other music groups, Yost said.

Concord, Goshen and Penn all had concert bands compete for the state finals at Schrott Center for the Arts on the campus of Butler University.

Penn High School earned eighth place in the contest. ISSMA does not release placings beyond eighth in the concert band finals, denoting those schools, including Concord and Goshen this year, as state finalists.

Concord band director Scott Spradling noted that the competition is intense at this level, especially since schools are not put into different divisions.

“I was very proud of the kids,” he said.

Penn band director Glenn Northern also acknowledged the tough competition at the concert band state finals.

“We talked to the kids about not getting caught up in the placings,” he said. “They played really well.”

Goshen band director Tom Cox said the Goshen students had a “fantastic performance.”

“It’s an honor to be here,” he said.

Three local high schools’ orchestras competed Saturday morning in the orchestra state finals but did not place in the top four.

Concord, Elkhart Central and Penn’s orchestras all performed at the ISSMA contest at the Pike Performing Arts Center.

ISSMA announced the top four placings in the contest on its website, but does not release the four other finalists’ placings.

Kyle Weirich, Elkhart Central’s orchestra director, said his students had great energy, precision and musicality during their Saturday performance.

“They played the best they have all year,” he said.

Concord orchestra director Karen Braden said that it had been three years since Concord qualified for state.

“We were thrilled to qualify,” she said. “We did our best and that’s what our goal was.”

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