Congratulations to the Vocal and Orchestra Programs!
Congratulations to our outstanding Women’s Vocal Ensemble (directed by Sandra Zinkievich) for an impressive and artistic performance at the MCPS Choral Festival on Wednesday 3/7. They earned an overall rating of II – Excellent (this rating might be compared to a 90-95%), with a I (Superior) in Sight Reading, and one I and two II’s on stage. Big Kudos to Sandra Zinkievich for outstanding leadership! This is the first time Blake’s Women’s Vocal Ensemble has competed on their own and boy, did they set the bar high!!! Congratulations also go to Beth Ann Zinkievich for accompanying the ensemble AND for Directing their Warm Up piece.
Congratulations to our fantastic Concert Orchestra (directed by Phil Barnes) AND Symphonic Orchestra (directed by Jon Eising). Both groups represented Blake with pride and truly impressed the audience with their musicality and artistry. The Concert Orchestra (20 students) earned an overall rating of II – Excellent (this rating might be compared to a 90-95%), with a I (Superior) in Sight Reading, and three II’s from the judges on stage. The Symphonic Orchestra (42 students) earned an overall rating of I – Superior (this rating might be compared to a 96-100%), with a I (Superior) in Sight Reading, and three I’s from the judges on stage. The flawless performance of The Symphonic Orchestra has qualified them for the Maryland State Orchestra Festival! Huge Kudos to our own Phil Barnes for not only being an amazing director and musical leader to our students, but also for organizing and scheduling the MCPS Orchestra AND MCPS Band Festivals for every MS and HS ensemble in the county!! WOW!!! Phil is a ROCK STAR! And more Big Kudos to Jon Eising for leading our Symphonic Orchestra to another ALL SUPERIOR festival rating.
So proud and honored to have these amazing music directors leading the students in our Signature Program at Blake!
Sandra & Phil & Jon- THANK YOU for all your hard work! Good luck to Phil & Jon & the Band who will compete next week in the MCPS Band Festival!!! Good luck to Honors Concert Choir & A CAPPELLA! who will perform as the chorus in the show RAGTIME with the Young Artists of America at STRATHMORE on Sunday April 15th.