There's music in the air at Charlottesville High School, and it's bringing in a lot of accolades.
The CHS orchestras and bands won a combined 11 awards at the Worldstrides Heritage Festival of Music in New York City this weekend - including three gold medals and an overall best orchestra award.
CHS choirs performed at another Worldstrides Festival of Music in Chicago this weekend.
The Charlottesville Singers and Knightengales were awarded silver ratings and the Knightengales placed first in the women's choir division.
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The CHS Orchestras and Band won three Gold Medals, three Adjudicator's Awards, two First Place Awards, one Second Place Award, Overall Best Orchestra, and the Instrumental Sweepstakes Trophy at the WorldStrides Heritage Festival of Music in New York City this weekend. Twenty-five schools from 15 states, three provinces, and three countries competed at the festival, held at the historic Riverside Church in Harlem.
The 48-member CHS Wind Ensemble won a Gold Medal, First Place in their division, and an Adjudicator's Award. The CHS Bands are directed by Jason Hackworth.
The 116-member CHS Combined String Orchestra won a Gold Medal, First Place in their division, an Adjudicator's Award, and the Overall Best Orchestra. The 52-member CHS String Ensemble won a Gold Medal, Second Place in their division, and an Adjudicator's Award. The CHS Orchestras are directed by Laura Mulligan Thomas.
Together, the CHS Band and Orchestras won the Instrumental Sweepstakes Award for the highest combined point total.
The CHS Choirs performed this weekend at the WorldStrides Heritage Festival of Music in Chicago. The Charlottesville Singers and the Knightengales were both awarded Silver Ratings, and the Knightengales won First Place in the Women's Choir Division. The CHS Choirs are directed by Will Cooke.