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OHS Marching Band moves on to
State Marching Championships in Richmond!

Directors Abe Barr and Aaron Klausing are rejoicing with the Owensboro High School Marching Band on a successful return to competitive marching band. The Owensboro High School Band qualified October 25th for the KMEA State Marching Band Championship November 1st in Richmond, Kentucky. This will be the first appearance at State for OHS since October of 2007. Competing with the elite bands in Western Kentucky, our OHS Band placed Seventh in the 4A classification. Judges for this event have been selected from the very best music and visual professionals in our region.

This fall has been extremely successful with the OHS band placing First in class 4A at Apollo High School in September followed by First in class 4A at Hopkinsville High School in October. In the Hopkinsville Finals competition, the OHS band placed 3rd overall, placing them amongst the elite bands in Western Kentucky. What makes this remarkable is that this is our first competitive season in three years.

Fans and supporters are urged to follow the Marching Red Devils to Richmond for their 11AM EDT performance in Semi-finals. Their performance site will be Madison Southern High School stadium.

Directions: From Lexington, Take I-75 south, then:

  • Exit 77 – LEFT off the exit (at stop light)
  • RIGHT at SECOND stop light onto WALNUT MEADOW ROAD (also RT 595)
  • Turn LEFT at stop light onto Madison Southern HS campus
  • More information available online: http://www.kmea.org/SMBC/SMBCInfo/SMBCgeneralinfo.htm

"A Musical Fix for American Schools" - We are ahead
of the game in Owensboro Public Schools!

A Musical fix for American Schools

Please Visit our new Owensboro High School
Band website!

Owensboro High School Band Website - (Note: OHS nor OPS is responsible for the contents of this website.)

Welcome, to our new Foust Elementary Music
Teacher: Corey Cellurale

Teaching music has been a lifelong passion for Corey. She is ecstatic to be the new Music Teacher at Foust Elementary, and to work in a district with strong Fine Arts support.

A long way from her hometown of Lewes Beach, DE, Corey studied Vocal Music Education at two southern colleges; Catawba College and Kentucky Wesleyan College. With a strong vocal emphasis, she participated in auditioned choirs at both colleges. In addition, she was also given the role of Student Conductor. Corey graduated from Kentucky Wesleyan in 2013 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree.

Corey has worked for LEAD Academy Middle School, a Charter School of Nashville, TN. While there, Corey created two vocal ensembles and taught multiple General Music courses. She is excited to continue the growth of the established music program at Foust Elementary.

Welcome, to our new Cravens Elementary Music
Teacher: Madison McKinney

Madison McKinney is ecstatic to be the new music teacher at Cravens Elementary School! Originally from Midland, North Carolina, Ms. McKinney holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Kentucky Wesleyan College (May 2014).

As a vocalist, Ms. McKinney performed with the Wesleyan Singers and Chamber Singers. She also participated in several organizations on campus including KMEA and KEA.

Ms. McKinney student taught in the Owensboro Public Schools System under Liz Tullis at Newton Parrish Elementary School and Jenifer Wiggins at Owensboro High School. Ms. McKinney also completed an internship with the Kentucky Youth Chorale under Julie White. She is thrilled to now be joining the OPS Fine Arts team! In her free time she enjoys reading, kayaking, and relaxing at the beach.

Welcome, to our new Band Director at
Owensboro Middle School North: Kaitlin Callihan

Kaitlin Callihan is the new Band Director at Owensboro Middle School North.

Mrs. Callihan is originally from Ashland, Kentucky and attended Paul G. Blazer High School. She graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Morehead State University ('11) and also has a degree in Clarinet performance from The Ohio State University ('12). While at MSU and OSU, Kaitlin performed with the Marching Band (MSU), the Wind Symphony, the Symphonic Band, the Symphony Orchestra, the woodwind quintet, and the clarinet choir.

Prior to teaching in the Owensboro schools she taught middle school and high school choir in the Ohio County Public Schools as well as serving as the Assistant Band Director at Apollo High School.

In her free time she teaches clarinet/woodwind sectionals and lessons for local high schools.

Is Music the Key to Success?

Joannie Lipman discusses this topic in a New York Times article.

Opening Your Imagination Through Music!

Bobby McFerrin plays... the audience!

Hearing the Music, Honing the Mind

Music produces profound and lasting changes in the brain. Schools should add classes, not cut them...

Outstanding Choir Students Recognized

Two Groups of Outstanding Choir Students recognized at OPS Board of Education meeting November 15, 2012:

  • American Choral Directors' 2012 All-State Chorus (5th-8th grades) Presented by Alecia Meyer, OMS Choral director
    • Owensboro Middle School had 10 students selected for the 2012 KY American Choral Directors Association All-State Chorus. The students created audition tapes which were sent in to the Kentucky chapter of the American Choral Directors' Association. It is a huge honor to be selected as there are over 3000 students that audition each year and they only select 525 students. They traveled to Lexington November 1-3 to rehearse and perform. Those students are:

      5th Grade: Ellie Hayden, Emma Schertzinger, Nolia Williams
      6th Grade: Jackie Arnold, Katie Kellems, Nicholas Payne
      7th Grade: Bree Sommerville, Caleb Wiggins
      8th Grade: Abby North, Kendall Fitzgerald

  • High School Quad-State Honors Choir Presented by Tom Stites, OPS Director of Fine Arts
    • The Quad state honors choir is an auditioned choir of students from Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, and Tennessee. Close to 1000 singers 10-12 grades send in recorded auditions to be judged. This year 198 singers were chosen for the honors choir performance. Students traveled to Murray State University Nov. 4 and 5 for two days of rehearsal (over 12 hours total) and performed in a wonderful concert on Monday evening of the Shubert Mass in G. Congratulations to the following ten OHS students:
      Allison Bolin, Sarah Nell Hibbs, Oshea Hogg, Justin Hollingsworth, Richard Mathews, Abby Meyer, John Thomas Priar, Hadley Rouse, Isaac Settles, Madison Stuart.
      Richard Mathews was also chosen as a soloist for this performance!

What Happens When Kids Have the Arts

Studies demonstrate that participating in arts programs can help children read and write better, be more focused in class, raise test scores, develop higher self-esteem, and solve problems more creatively.

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Music Helps the Developing Brain!

An article in Scientific American that outlines the many Benefits of music instruction and training on the developing Brain.

Musically trained kids do better in school, with stronger reading skills, increased math abilities, and higher general intelligence scores. Music even seems to improve social development, as people believe music helps them be better team players and have higher self-esteem. "Based on what we already know about the ways that music helps shape the brain, the study suggests that short-term music lessons may enhance lifelong listening and learning,"

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