Thursday, March 29, 2018

Franklin Students Find Success at MICCA Festival

Bands, Choruses and Orchestras from the Annie Sullivan Middle School, Horace Mann Middle School, Remington Middle School and Franklin High School all performed this past weekend at the annual Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) Festival. 
“MICCA is dedicated to the study of music through performance. Creating opportunities for evaluation and expert opinion and feedback to all our participants in a non-competitive setting is our main focus.”

Ensembles are evaluated and awarded a medal of Bronze, Silver or Gold according to the score they receive. The combined middle schools chorus received a bronze medal, while the combined Franklin Middle Schools Orchestra, Horace Mann Middle School Band, Remington Middle School Band, Annie Sullivan Middle School Band, Franklin High School Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, FHS Chorus and Select Chorus all earned Silver Medals.

The Franklin High School Symphony Orchestra and the Franklin Repertory Orchestra both brought home Gold Medals from the regional three-day festival.

The high school, under the direction of Diane Plouffe, is comprised of 72 orchestra students ranging from grades nine through twelve.
Franklin High School Symphony Orchestra
Franklin High School Symphony Orchestra

During the competition, the students performed three selections: "Symphony No. 27, Finale” by Haydn, "Make Our Garden Grow” by Bernstein and "Russian Sailor’s Dance" by Gliere.

The Franklin Repertory Orchestra, also under the direction of Plouffe, is an audition-based group comprised of 23 students from grades 8 to 12. The Repertory Orchestra is part of Franklin Public Schools Lifelong Learning Music Academy directed by Sheila Darcey.

Both orchestras will be performing in the state's Gold Medal Showcase performance on Saturday, April 8th at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. This performance is free and open to the public.

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