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AMEA 2016 Performing Groups

The Oak Mountain Wind Ensemble is made up of fifty-nine ninth through twelfth grade students at Oak Mountain High School. Membership in the band is determined by individual audition. Since the school’s inception, the ensemble has continued to push the boundaries of high school musicianship by performing literature in the advanced realm of the wind band repertoire. Students in this ensemble regularly pursue roles in the Alabama All-State Bands and Orchestras. From 1999 to 2012, the ensemble was under the direction of Jim Duren. Now, under the direction of Kevin Ownby, the OMHS Wind Ensemble has continued a tradition of excellence by never receiving a score less than superior at any adjudicated competition or assessment. Recent accomplishments include, performing at the 2014 CBDNA Southern Division Conference in Jacksonville Florida, 2014 GNAI Honor Band Recipient, and a 2015 performance in New York’s Carnegie Hall.

The Oak Mountain Middle School Advanced Symphonic Band is the premiere ensemble for the Oak Mountain Middle School band program. This is an auditioned group of 7th and 8th graders. The Advanced Symphonic band performs at pep rallies, home football games, assemblies, the Fall Concert, the Holiday Concert, the Pre- MPA concert, MPA, and the Spring Concert. This group consistently receives Superior ratings at the state and national level. Advanced Symphonic Band students are strongly urged to participate in the Solo and Ensemble festival, various honor bands and to audition for the Alabama Middle School All-State Band.

Oak Park Middle School Choir, UNITY, is under the direction of Stacy Owens, who has been teaching for twenty years. Unity is an auditioned group, which meets daily and participates in Alabama All-State Chorus, State Choral Performance Assessment, as well as concerts during both semesters. The Oak Park Choral program has four choirs: Beginning Girls’ Choir, Treble Choir, Phoenix, and Unity. Each of the various choral groups is consistently awarded superior ratings in the assessment process.

The Randolph Upper School Concert Choir is the non-auditioned, elective choral ensemble of Randolph School’s Upper Division (grades 9-12). Since 2011, the Upper School Concert Choir has grown from an enrollment of 16 singers to 35 at the conclusion of the 2014-2015 school year. Visibility in the greater Huntsville community has increased with such initiatives as concert collaborations with the choirs of the University of Alabama Huntsville in 2013, and the Huntsville Youth Orchestra in 2015. Singers in the Randolph Upper School Concert Choir are routinely accepted into the Madison County Honor Choir Festival, the Alabama Honor Choir, and the Alabama All-State Choir Festival. Since 2011—the ensemble’s first participation in many years—the Randolph Upper School Concert Choir has garnered 2 overall Excellent and 2 overall Superior ratings (including Superior ratings, every year, in Sight-Reading) at State Choral Performance Assessment.

Since their founding in the fall of 2008, the Randolph School Middle School Percussion Ensembles have been a staple of the instrumental music program. This program serves to enrich the student experience in band through the performance of chamber ensemble literature. The ensemble consists of three groups- the 6th Grade Percussion Ensemble, the Middle School Percussion Ensemble, and the MS Honors Ensemble. These ensembles regularly perform at campus concerts and assemblies. In addition, this ensemble has had numerous showings at the North Alabama Percussion Ensemble Festival.

The Shoals Symphony at UNA is a partnership organization under the auspices of the University of North Alabama and supported by the Shoals Symphony Association. The Association is funded by the generosity of individual and corporate sponsors, contributions by alumni and friends, grants, and ticket sales. The Symphony encompasses the perfect balance of UNA faculty and rising students (majors and non-majors), as well as area professional musicians. Dedicated, enthusiastic musicians are selected by open audition. The Shoals Symphony at UNA began as a group of local players wanting to make music together. It has grown and evolved into a semi-professional regional orchestra and is recognized as such by the Alabama State Council on the Arts. We invite you to enjoy this year’s performances as we welcome Dr. Daniel Stevens to the podium for the Symphony’s 33rd season.

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