Fine arts students participate in assessment process

Fine arts students participate in assessment process


The Charles County Public Schools fine and performing arts department recently held three music festivals. The events give middle and high school band, chorus and orchestra groups the opportunity to be evaluated on the skills they have developed throughout the school year.

The assessments are comprised of two parts: a group performance evaluation and a sight-reading evaluation. During the performance portion of the assessment, groups perform a warm-up piece and two adjudicated pieces in front of a panel of three judges. After the performance portion, groups are then judged on sight-reading ability. During the sight-reading portion, students and directors are given a new piece of music. The director is given two minutes to review the piece of music and followed by three minutes to rehearse the piece with students. The students then perform the piece in front of a sight-reading judge.

The process gives students an audition experience and also provides both students and directors with feedback. Performances and sight-reading evaluation are rated on a scale of one to five, a superior rating being a one. The three performance scores and one sight-reading score are combined for an overall rating. The following groups received an overall rating of one for their assessment score.

Middle School Band:

  • Theodore G. Davis Middle School band; Steven Moyer, director.

High School Band:

  • Henry E. Lackey High School band; Alan Freeman, director;
  • La Plata High School Concert band; Susan Eckerle, director;
  • La Plata Symphonic band; Susan Eckerle, director;
  • Maurice J. McDonough High School band; Caitlin Dunleavy, director; and
  • North Point High School Concert band; Marvin VanDyke, director.

Middle School Chorus:

  • Matthew Henson Middle School Premiere Singers; Madeline Clybourn, director; and
  • Milton M. Somers Middle School eighth-grade choir; Kristen Liston, director.

High School Chorus:

  • Lackey Chamber choir; Brian Kuhn, director;
  • McDonough Ramettes; T.C. Mazzeo, director;
  • McDonough Chamber choir; T.C. Mazzeo, director;
  • North Point Chamber choir; Kristin Helming, director;
  • North Point Eagles in Harmony; Kristin Helming, director;
  • North Point Women’s choir; Kristin Helming, director;
  • Thomas Stone High School Chamber choir; Kelly Newsted, director; and
  • Westlake High School Chamber choir; Kathleen Jagielski, director.

Middle School Orchestra:

  • Henson orchestra; Sarah Koon, director.

High School Orchestra:

  • Lackey orchestra; Alan Freeman, director;
  • La Plata orchestra; Susan Eckerle, director;
  • McDonough orchestra; Caitlin Dunleavy, director; and
  • North Point orchestra; Marvin VanDyke, director.

District assessments are held annually. Groups that receive a one rating are given the opportunity to advance to the state band, chorus and orchestra assessments. State assessments involve a similar process to district assessments. High school assessments were April 28-May 2 and middle school assessments are held May 12-16.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela Murphy, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, central office building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646. 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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