March 17, 2016 – Congratulations to the College Heights Elementary School Orchestra for earning Unanimous Superior ratings at the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Ratings Festival held at Independence High School. The Unanimous Superior rating designates the finest possible performance for ensembles.
“They totally were amazing, outstanding, and an overwhelming young ‘string’ orchestra for their age group,” said Bill Ingram, CMEA Adjudicator. “I don’t think I’ve ever heard a better elementary string ensemble in my ten years as a CMEA judge – and that’s the truth.”
This is the sixth year that the school participated in the CMEA Ratings Festival where they have received a Unanimous Superior rating 5 years in a row. College Heights is the only elementary school to participate in this festival in Kern County.
“I worked hard before, after, and during school and tried very hard to perfect my music,” said College Heights Elementary School Orchestra student Kaylie Saucedo. “When I found out we got the Unanimous Superior award, I felt like we got what we had worked hard every day for.”
“The Ratings are a great way to motivate the kids to play at their best and it assists me to evaluate my teaching methods and find certain areas that I can improve upon to make sure that I am providing my students with the best instruction possible,” said Nick Olmos, Music Director for the College Heights Elementary School Orchestra.
CMEA is an affiliate of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), one of the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education and advocates at the local, state, and national levels providing resources for teachers, parents, and administrators. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.