Decorah music students excel at May contest

The Decorah High School Music Department participated in the annual State Large Group Music Festival on Friday, May 3, at Decorah High School.

This is an adjudicated festival at 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, Division V “Poor” rating. The ratings are based on a point scale.

The DHS Concert Band, Concert Choir, Orchestra, and Viking Chorus all received division “I” ratings from the three judges, and the Ninth Grade Choir received a “II” rating.

“We are impressed with the growth our students made over the year, and this culminating performance was an acknowledgment of their dedication to high-level music making,” voiced members of 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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