Area music students earn top rating

The Decorah High School Music Department participated in the annual State Large Group Music Festival on Friday, May 5, at Decorah High School.

This is an adjudicated festival in which music ensembles perform for a panel of three judges and receive one of five divisional ratings for their performance: Division I “Superior” rating, Division II “Excellent” rating, Division III “Good” rating, Division IV “Fair” rating, or Division V “Poor” rating. The ratings are based on a point scale.

All DHS ensembles (Concert Band, Concert Choir, Ninth Grade Choir, Orchestra and Viking Chorus) received a division “I” rating.

“Thanks to all of our students who continue to perform at high levels and make our school, community, and music teachers proud. Making music is a hugely collaborative endeavor, and one the students will take with them for a lifetime,” said the DHS music faculty.

The band is conducted by Dustin Bliven and Matt Cody, the choirs by Jason Rausch, and the orchestra by Nicole Cody.

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