Hiland enjoys sweet sound of success at OMEA event

Hiland enjoys sweet sound of success at OMEA event

Image Credit: Courtesy of Hiland High School

Singing with peers in a high school choir and making a joyful noise are always their own reward, but when you can add a little hardware to the equation, that music becomes even sweeter.

For the members of the Hiland High School Varsity Singers and Bel Canto groups, the sweet sound of success rang loud and clear at a recent competition that had them more than gratified.

The group recently attended the Ohio Music Education Association State Large Group Adjudicated Events on Friday, April 29 at Jackson High School and came away with plenty of reason to rejoice.

“Our choral program had a phenomenal evening,” said Alexander Looney, choir director at Hiland.

Both Varsity Singers and Bel Canto performed a set of three contrasting choral selections for three OMEA adjudicators. Varsity Singers participated in the Class A competition while the Bel Canto group sang in the Class C competition. Both received straight superior ratings from all three adjudicators — the highest possible rating at this event.

“Both choirs performed at such a high level of excellence and choral artistry,” Looney said. “I could not be more proud of every single student and their investment, work ethic, dedication and attention to detail. This is a huge accomplishment, and it was a joy and blessing to have two choirs from Hiland High School performing at the state level this year.”

Looney said special thanks should go out to the groups’ choral accompanist/assistant Brent Schloneger for his contributions to the choral program and effort at the OMEA concert. He added an additional thank you to Pioneer Trails for providing transportation to and from Jackson High School, tacking on a third thank you to the Hiland Music Boosters for providing funds for all students to eat and celebrate at Freddy’s Steakburgers and Custard following the performances.

The state plaques will be engraved, signed by all students and added to the OMEA State Wall in the choir room with plaques dating back to 1964.

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