Music Groups Receive High Marks at Pennsylvania Adjudication
More than 70 Mercersburg Academy students across four musical groups (the Chorale, Concert Band, Jazz Band, and String Ensemble) competed in the annual Hershey Music in the Parks Adjudication along with other middle and high school students across Pennsylvania on Friday, May 17.
The Concert Band (co-directed by Bryan Morgan ’07 and Richard Rotz) and the String Ensemble (directed by Michael Cameron) received a “superior” rating (the highest-possible award) from a panel of judges, while members of the Chorale (directed by Morgan and James Brinson, co-director) and Jazz Band (directed by Morgan) received “excellent” ratings, which is the second-highest rating.
Possible ratings available from the judges are superior, excellent, good, fair, or poor.
Morgan said that he thinks adjudication is a great way to conclude the year of musical performances.
"Our groups have the opportunity to showcase our best work to judges (adjudicators) outside of our community," Morgan said. "But we tell the kids that it's not about what the judges say. They hear us one time and that's it. They don't know what our progression looked like or what any of us individually had to go through to get where we are now."
The day, according to Morgan is another opportunity to be together, enjoy each other, and be a part of something bigger than ourselves.
"That's the most important thing for the kids," Morgan said. "And to tag on to that, we get to enjoy a full afternoon and early evening at Hershey Park!"
Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center. Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. 100 Academy Drive, Mercersburg, PA 17236 GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236 717-328-6173