HHS Orchestra Wins Gold Medal at MICCA Festival

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The Hopkinton High School Concert Band won a gold medal at last weekend’s MICCA Festival. PHOTO/DENISE ANTAKI

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Hopkinton Public Schools Music Department once again hosted and participated in the 2022 Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) Concert and Choral Festival on the weekend. April 1-3.

Hopkinton won a number of awards, led by the Hopkinton High School Concert Band which won a gold medal. Silver medals were awarded to HHS Noteworthy Vocal Group, HHS Chorus, HHS Orchestra, Grade 8 Band, and Grade 8 Orchestra.

The purpose of the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association is to encourage and support the development of elementary, middle, and high school performing ensembles in an educational, non-competitive festival setting. Concert and choir festivals provide an opportunity to be judged by nationally recognized judges. Each group makes three selections in a 30-minute time slot. Afterwards, each group receives a 25-minute clinic from one of the referees, along with score sheets from each of the referees, recorded comments from the referees and a recording of the performance. The Gold Medal Showcase for Concert Ensembles and Choirs will take place at Mechanics Hall in Worcester this Sunday, April 10.

Hopkinton Middle School was one of five locations hosting the concert festival along with Belchertown High School, Bellingham High School, Foxboro High School and King Philip Regional High School. The MICCA Choral Festival was held simultaneously at two locations: Westborough High School and Norwood High School.

“We would like to thank all the Hopkinton Music Association Parent Volunteers, Student Volunteers and HPS Music Teachers for all of their efforts in making the Hopkinton MICCA site a success,” said Craig Hay, Music Director of Hopkinton Public Schools. .

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Hopkinton Middle School’s Grade 8 Orchestra won a silver medal at last weekend’s MICCA festival. PHOTO/DENISE ANTAKI

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