By WARREN DILLAWAY - firstname.lastname@example.org
SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP —
Musicians surrounded a large white piece of paper eagerly anticipating the posting of the results of their performances Saturday at Lakeside High School.
The Ohio Music Educators Association District 5 High School Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Event kept students busy for more than eight hours.
The rating system range includes five possible categories including outstanding, unusual, acceptable, poor and very poor. During the performances silence is a virtue and no photography is allowed.
“There is 674 events,” said Joe Tredent, Lakeside band director who helped host the event. He said the competitions range from soloists to larger group choral entries.
Tredent said 18 schools from Ashtabula, Trumbull and Mahoning counties were represented at the event Saturday. He said Lakeside has hosted the high school or junior high version of the event for the past six years.
“Having it here is a fundraiser for us,” Tredent said of the Lakeside Music Boosters who sell food at the event.
Tredent said judges come from all over northeastern Ohio including Elyria, Canton, Stow, Massillon and South Euclid.
Musicians hailed from area schools such as Edgewood, Geneva, Lakeside, Jefferson and Conneaut and out of the area schools such as Howland, LaBrae and Cortland.
The competitions ranged from vocal to percussion. “We have one judge that is listening to snare drum solos and flutes all day long,” he said.
The event started at 8 a.m. and continued until 5 p.m., Tredent said. “Every 10 minutes there is a scheduled event in 15 (different) rooms,” Tredent said.
“It is interesting to go out and exhibit all the things you’ve learned during the year,” said Marissa Snyder from Cortland Lakeview.
“It’s extremely nerve wracking because it is not only an exhibition, it is a contest and you are rated and that reflects back on your school,” she said.
Brianna Kingston, a senior at Lakeside, had one of the more important jobs of the day as she was responsible for posting the grades on a large board attached to the wall of the school’s cafeteria.
“You write them (the ratings) up and they (the contestants) swam to see what their rating is,” Kingston said.
Contestants could be seen smiling, laughing and even doing a little jig when their scores were written on the board.
Students and parents hung out in the cafeteria between performances while Lakeside students helped visitors find their way from room to room.
“It’s really fun,” said Jessica Schwentker, a senior at Lakeside, She said it is a good experience and helps prepare a student to perform in a variety of areas ranging from musicals to auditions for musical schools.
“I’ve been in it for six years. It helps you get warmed up for other events,” said Schwentker who hopes to major in music in college.