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February 27 and 28 were banner days for the PCHS Orchestras. On Saturday, the PCHS Concert Orchestra brought home 2nd division honors from the MSBOA District Band & Orchestra Festival.  Friday night saw the Chamber Orchestra brought home Division 1 honors earning top scores from all of the judges there. The festival was held at Brighton High School. The Chamber orchestra will now attend the State festival held at Redford-Thurston High School in late April. Congrats Pirate Orchestras!

Jv Pom 2015

The Jv Pom team just ended their 2014-15 season with their banquet last Friday.  This year's teams success was due to hard work and diligence.  This championship squad welcomed a wonderful addition mid year - an exchange student from Norway.  Her name is Emma Dahl and it was a pleasure getting to know her!


Sienna Strauss, a kindergarten student at Farley Hill Elementary School in Pinckney was honored by Kid's World Magazine of Livingston County as a coloring page winner in this month's edition. Sienna will be featured in the next edition of the magazine.

Music Awards 2015

Varsity Choir’s Success at MSVMA Choral Festival

Thursday, March 19, 2015

On Thursday, March 19, the Pinckney Community High School Varsity Choir, under the direction of Rachael Nieman, participated in the annual Michigan School Vocal Music Association District IV Choral Festival at Walled Lake Northern High School. The choir performed two pieces on stage for a panel of judges: O Sing Out Forever written by Henry Purcell and arranged by Patrick Liebergen and Musica Dei (The Gift of Music) written by Mary Lynn Lightfoot. The choir was accompanied by Susan Snow. After the performance on stage, the Varsity Choir received a clinic from Dr. Brandon Ulrich of Stoney Creek High School. He expressed later to Miss Nieman that he was impressed by the amount of change the Varsity Choir was able to make during the clinic, especially in regards to their overall tone and understanding of the style. In the final portion of Choral Festival, the Varsity Choir was asked to demonstrate that they could sight sing a new piece of music, in three parts, using just the starting note and the solfege syllables.

According to the judge’s comments, the strength of the Varsity Choir was their energy, preparedness, poise, posture, focus on the conductor, and solid three part singing. The choir was especially successful in the sight singing portion where they earned a total of 26 points out of a possible 30 points. In the end, the Varsity Choir scored a total of 89 points out of a possible 120 from all four judges earning them a certificate representing a good performance at District Choral Festival. Overall, it was a positive experience for the members of the Varsity Choir.

MSBOA State Solo & Ensemble Festival

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A total of fifteen events from both the High School Bands and Orchestras qualified for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association State Solo and Ensemble Festival this year. In order for an event to qualify for States, the performers must earn a first division rating at District Solo and Ensemble which occurred in mid-January. Here is the list of events from the Symphony Band and Wind Ensemble that qualified this year:

Sophia Coke, proficiency II flute solo

Noah Brady, 9th Grade clarinet solo

Olivia Welling, 9th Grade clarinet solo

Anna Wilmanowicz, proficiency I clarinet solo

Katrina Gensterblum, proficiency II clarinet solo

Julianna Welling, proficiency II alto saxophone solo

Samantha Krieg and Jacob Holt, percussion duet

Emma Scott and Carter Bonifas, trumpet duet

Flute Choir: Taylor Nash, Macie Toy, Casey Taft, Hava Topolski, Maren Krajacic, Rachel Flickema, and Sophia Coke

Clarinet Choir: Yannick Christensen, Katrina Gensterblum, Emily Ball, Matthew Anderson, Kara Sorek, and Becca Murphy

State Solo and Ensemble was held at Chelsea High School on Saturday, March 21. Earning first division superior ratings were Olivia Welling, Samantha Krieg, and Jacob Holt. Earning second division excellent ratings were the flute choir and clarinet choir. Sophia Coke, Anna Wilmanowicz, and Katrina Gensterblum all performed well in their proficiencies. Congratulations to all of the students who represented Pinckney Community High School at State Solo and Ensemble Festival.
Dustin S
The Skills U.S.A. Competition for automotive was held at Washtenaw Community College this year. High Schools representing the Southeastern District of Michigan send their top students to compete in the categories of Master Tech, Electrical, Brakes, and New Car Prep.  Dustin Szczygiel, a senior from Pinckney High School competed in the Electrical category and took First Place with a score of 111.  This score was 29 points higher than the closest competitor.  As the first place winner, Dustin was awarded a tool bag full of tools and test equipment, a $12,500 scholarship, and a chance to compete at the State Level Competition at DeVoss Center in Grand Rapids of April 17-19th. Dustin will attend Central Michigan University in the fall.
Congratulations Dustin Szczygiel and good luck at the State Level Competition.