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Friday, April 7, 2006


Carlisle and CCHS instrumental and choral groups excel at MICCA festival

Seventh-grader Stephanie Mundel plays the tuba at the Senior Band pre-MICCA concert last week. (Photo by Midge Eliassen)

Over the weekend, 10,000 students across the state participated in the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) Concert and Choral Festival. The Carlisle School Senior Band, under the direction of Tom O'Halloran, and the Carlisle Middle School Choir, under the direction of Megan Fitzharris, both earned gold medals. It was the first time the Middle School Choir had participated in MICCA. The Concord-Carlisle High School Concert Band and CCHS Repertory Band, both under the direction of Alfred Dentino, also both received gold medals. The CCHS String Orchestra, under the direction of Scott Knopf, earned a silver medal. The CCHS choruses also participated at the MICCA festival, under the direction of Deborah Smith. The CCHS Select Choir received a silver medal, the CCHS Mixed Chorus and CCHS Women's Ensemble received bronze medals.

MICCA is an educational festival designed to help both students and teachers grow as musicians and educators. Adjudicators evaluate each performance and offer comments and tips to each specific group. Gold is awarded for a superior performance, silver for an excellent performance and bronze for a good performance. This was the 30th annual festival.

Some members of the Carlisle Senior Band pose with band director Tom O’Halloran at the MICCA festival in Lexington. From left to right are Evan Scarlett, Dylan Benkley, Ian Henderson, Charlie Fitzpatrick, Alex Daniels, O’Halloran, Ian Bloomfield and Alex Japko. (Photo by Paula von Kleydorff)

The Carlisle Senior Band will play at a showcase concert at Symphony Hall in Boston on April 15. The CCHS Bands and Carlisle Middle School Choir will play and sing at a showcase concert at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on April 30. These Stars at Symphony all-day showcases of gold-medal groups from across the state are free and open to the public.

Tom O'Halloran said these programs of excellence depend on the support of parents, teachers, school administrators and citizens of the community. "I am grateful for the opportunity to challenge students to acheve their highest musical potential."

The large trombone section plays at the pre-MICCA concert. (Photo by Midge Eliassen)


Carlisle Middle School Choir members display their gold medal at MICCA. Left to right are Director Megan Fitzharris, Kristen Kiel, Alexander Sayde and Kaytie Innamorati. (Photo by Anne Marie Brako)






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