CHS Musicians Score at BCPS Adjudication

Darius Walters and Eden Beyene

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On March 11, 12, and 15, the CHS chorus, Symphonic Winds, and Symphonic orchestra participated in the BCPS musical Adjudication at Owings Mills High School. 

During this annual event, groups from across the county performed their selections for a panel of judges. They later received their scores, which range from 1, being the best, to 4, being the worst. The Symphonic Orchestra earned an overall 1, Symphonic Winds scored an overall 1, and the Choir scored an overall 2. 

Before assessments, the groups worked hard to perform well. 

“After a concert, we kept practicing the same songs over and over again,” junior Abby Digiondomenico said. 

At the start of assessments, music groups are sent to a room where they are given thirty minutes to warm up. Then, they take it to the stage for one of their most important performances of the year. 

“It was my first one, so I felt really nervous, senior Chris Schell said. 

When the stage performance is done, adjudication wasn’t over yet. Groups then moved to the sight-reading room. For this portion of assessments, groups and their directors were given a piece of music they have never seen before. After an allotted time for directors to see the music, groups have a brief rehearsal before performing it in front of the judge. 

Sight reading was actually not as good this year, but also, it was a lot harder rhythm-wise,” junior Greyson Rickwalder said. 

Sight reading may arguably be the hardest part of adjudication, but the whole assessment makes musicians nervous. 

“The performances sitting there and playing the performance and being like, ‘Great, can’t mess up or everyone will hear me’ -that’s the worst,” Rickwalder said. 

Although assessments are nerve-wracking, the musicians are plowing through it with ideas of what they can improve upon in the future. 

“When we were standing on the risers, I was kind of on an angle where like I could see people out of the corner of my eye, and some people were just like looking around,” explained Digiondomenico. “If judges notice that, it could take off points.”