Medina comes out singing

Encore kicks off the concert with a song lead by Senior Tommy Evans.

The MHS Choirs Winter Concert put on a show for those in attendance. All of Medina’s choirs were looking to prepare for their upcoming competition, the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA).

The Encore Entertainment Company put on a show at the beginning of the concert and the choirs followed with their beautiful harmonies.

Senior Max Cobb spoke about his Encore experience, “It’s really fun, keeps me on my toes, and I’m still in shape.”

Encore came out at the beginning of the concert with their extravagant and exciting performance lifting the crowd off their feet. Impressive solos from Freshman Kristen Lyons and Junior Megan Polk stole the show and the audience’s applause.

This concert is a preview for the upcoming OMEA competition and helps the MHS choirs prepare in advance.

Junior Alex Jones said, “(This concert helps us prepare by) practicing the music in front of people before we perform in front of the judges.”

MHS will compete with choirs from Medina County, Wayne County, and Summit County at Nordonia High School on March 11th.

MHS Choral Program Director Mr. Tyler Skidmore stated, “Some judges are really tough we have to have the fundamentals of a choral sound, we’ve got to maintain that to get a higher rating.”

The judges at the competition score choirs through a rating system of one to five, one being the best. First, three judges rate the choirs based on all the songs they sing using this system. Then, their scores are totaled up with a fourth judge who rates a choir for one more song. That last song is one the choirs have never seen before and must read in a sight reading room before performing for the fourth judge.

Skidmore commented, “This (concert) gives them a chance to get out in front of an audience and get their feet wet…before they go in front of the judges.”