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Wednesday, April 3, 2019
CONGRATULATIONS to the 246 Mustang Musicians who had the fabulous opportunity to travel to the University of Notre Dame and Holy Cross College, Harper College, and downtown Chicago. First, students participated in music clinics given by Notre Dame Music Faculty, followed by a select group of student musicians performing a recital for the retired Holy Cross Brothers at Holy Cross College. The following day, at Harper College, each music ensemble performed three pieces for a highly qualified panel of judges, followed by a brief workshop given by one of these elite and accomplished musicians.
After two full days of music making, the entire group of students, chaperones, and BMHS faculty and staff enjoyed a day of tourist attractions in Chicago including Water Tower Place, Gino's East, The Cloud Gate, and the Museum of Science & Industry Chicago, followed by a spectacular cruise aboard The Odyssey Lake Michigan.
Below you will find an itemized list of awards:
- Jazz Choir - 1st place - Excellent
- Chamber Choir - 1st place - Excellent
- Gospel Choir - 1st place - Excellent
- String Orchestra - 1st place - Excellent
- Concert Band - 3rd place - Excellent
- Symphonic Band - 2nd place - Excellent
- Wind Ensemble - 1st place - Excellent
- Outstanding Vocalist - Debra Henderson
- Overall High School Specialty Choir Award - Gospel Choir
- William D. Revelli Concert Band Award for Overall High School Band - Wind Ensemble
Finally, and most prestigious of all awards, the entire group representing Bishop McNamara High School was awarded the Esprit De Corps aka "Spirit Award" for exemplary attitude of positive support and outstanding personal behavior throughout the festival weekend. Personal integrity, quality character values, a desire for excellence, and a spirit of cooperation serve as the cornerstone qualities of the Esprit de Corps Award. Well done, Mustangs!
The Band, Orchestra and Choir programs would like to thank the amazing parent/guardian volunteers who chaperoned our trip! We could not have done it without you.
For more music trip details and to check out photos from this amazing trip please visit our BMHS Fine Arts Official Instagram account: BMHSMustangArts
For more information about Festivals of Music visit their website HERE.
For more information about the Bishop McNamara High School Fine Arts Department, go to Fine Arts.