Students Earn 27 Top Ratings at OMEA

February 19th, 2020 | News
String Quartet (left to right): Danae Just, Olivia Piwowar, Christy Blatnik, Rachael Tomasko

Padua’s Performing Arts students participated at the OMEA (Ohio Music Education Association) Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Event at North Ridgeville High School on Saturday, February 15, 2020.

Students earned a total of 27 Superior (I) Ratings for various vocal and instrumental solos and ensembles. OMEA defines a superior rating as, “An outstanding performance with very few technical errors and exemplifying a truly musical expression. This rating should be reserved for the truly outstanding performance.”

Students earned a total of 9 Excellent (II) Ratings for their solo, quartet and trio performances. OMEA defines an excellent rating as, “An unusual performance in many respects, but not worthy of the highest rating due to minor defects in performance, ineffective interpretation, or improper instrumentation.”

“Superior” Ratings
Class A
Beth Akstens – Flute Solo
Joseph Bontempo – Viola Solo
Michael Dontenville – Marimba Solo
Michael Dontenville – Snare Drum Solo
Olivia Gutowski – Trumpet Solo
Grace Hostelley – Viola Solo
Alyssa Litwinowicz – Clarinet Solo
Xinyu Yao – Clarinet Solo
Sarah Zimmerli – Piano Solo
Padua String Quartet: Yifan Gao, Jiye Lee, Grace Hostelley, Sarah Zimmerli
Padua String Quartet: Christy Blatnik, Denae Just, Rachael Tomasko, Olivia Piwowar

Class B
Claire Ebner – Flute Solo
Gianna Mascardine – Trumpet Solo
Ella Meges – Piano Solo
Daniel Nordstrom – Euphonium Solo
Ashley Rasch – Vocal Solo
Sophie Swan – Alto Sax Solo
Kalei Wenzel – Clarinet Solo
Padua Clarinet Quartet: Alyssa Litwinowicz, Melanie Turk, Kalei Wenzel, Xinyu Yao
Padua Saxophone Quartet: Jonas Ward, Colleen Doucette, Nick Prusovic, Sophie Swan
Padua Trumpet Quartet: Olivia Gutowski, Gianna Mascardine, Brandon Moran, Thomas Borcuch

Class C
Joseph Bontempo – Trumpet Solo
Becca Cigany – Vocal Solo
Mary Gaughan – Vocal Solo
Justin Hill – Trombone Solo
Alyssa Litwinowicz – French Horn Solo
Theresa Shepherd – Flute Solo

“Excellent” Ratings
Class A
McKayla Leonard – French Horn Solo
McKayla Leonard – Vocal Solo
Anna Lindenmuth – Vocal Solo
Alyssa Litwinowicz – Vocal Solo

Class B
Julia Dunn – Vocal Solo
Alyssa Litwinowicz – Violin Solo
Danielle Shingary – Violin Solo
Padua Trombone Quartet: Luigi Filippelli, Owen Leigh, Ash Ruda, Justin Hill

Class C
Padua String Trio: Jack Weinberg, Danielle Shingary, Joseph Bontempo

The Five Rating Plan is as follows:
Rating I: “Superior”
An outstanding performance with very few technical errors and exemplifying a truly musical expression. This rating should be reserved for the truly outstanding performance.
Rating II: “Excellent”
An unusual performance in many respects, but not worthy of the highest rating due to minor defects in performance, ineffective interpretation, or improper instrumentation.
Rating III: “Good”
An acceptable performance, but not outstanding. Showing accomplishment and marked promise, but lacking in one or more essential qualities.
Rating IV: “Poor”
A poor performance showing many technical errors, poor musical conception, lack of interpretation, incomplete instrumentation, or lacking in any of the other essential qualities.
Rating V: “Very Poor”
A very poor performance indicating deficiencies in most of the essential factors, and indicating that much careful attention should be given to the fundamentals of good performance. This rating should be used sparingly and only when it is possible to cite major faults.