EVSC Students Participate in ISSMA Festival


10 Receive “Gold with Distinction” DesignationEVSC


Twenty-five groups in the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation participated this past weekend in the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) Festival in Evansville. Of the 25 EVSC groups that competed, 22 received a gold rating, the highest rating possible. And, of those 22, 10 groups received the designation “with distinction,” which means those groups scored within 4.5 points of the best possible score from the combination of all three judges.

“The renewed emphasis that the EVSC has placed on instrumental music has definitely had a direct impact on the success we have had in festivals such as this,” said Dwight Emmert, EVSC director of fine arts. “We have made an investment in new, high-quality instruments as well as a highly trained teaching staff and the results can be seen not only in the increase in scores and in the level of difficulty at which are students are performing, but also in the additional energy students bring to their music and in the faces of their parents.”

Nearly 50 school ensembles participated this past weekend in the festival, including groups from Evansville, Warrick, Gibson, Spencer and Davies counties.

EVSC groups who participated in the Festival and their rating, include:


  • Plaza Park String Orchestra (6)                Gold with Distinction
  • Plaza Park String Orchestra (7, 8)                          Gold with Distinction
  • Perry Heights String Orchestra (6)                        Gold with Distinction
  • Helfrich Park Band (7, 8)                                           Gold with Distinction
  • North Jr. Band (7)                                                        Gold with Distinction
  • North Jr. Mixed Chorus                               Gold with Distinction
  • Plaza Park Band (7, 8)                                                Gold with Distinction
  • North Jr. Band (8)                                                        Gold with Distinction
  • North Jr. String Orchestra (7, 8)                              Gold with Distinction
  • Perry Heights Band (7, 8)                                         Gold with Distinction
  • McGary Band (6)                                                         Gold
  • Plaza Park Band (6)                                                    Gold
  • Cedar Hall String Orchestra (7-8)                           Gold
  • Thompkins String Orchestra (6)                             Gold
  • Washington String Orchestra (6, 7, 8)                  Gold
  • Helfrich Park String Orchestra (7, 8)                     Gold
  • McGary Band (7, 8)                                                     Gold
  • Perry Heights Mixed Chorus                                    Gold
  • Perry Heights String Orchestra (7, 8)                    Gold
  • Thompkins Band (7, 8)                                              Gold
  • Thompkins Mixed Chorus                                        Gold
  • Thompkins String Orchestra (7, 8)                        Gold
  • Washington Band (8)                                                 Silver
  • Cedar Hall Band (7, 8)                                                Silver
  • Plaza Park Mixed Chorus                                          Silver