Ozark Grace Notes participated in MMEA

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Ozark Junior high girls eighth and ninth grade Grace Notes had the honor of going to Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA). MMEA was on Thursday, January 24 in Osage Beach in Tan-Tar-A Resort.

“MMEA is a big conference all the music educators go to,” said Mrs. Campbell the choir teacher at OJH. “ It is a big deal and if you get asked to sing, it is equal to winning a championship in a sport.” The reason it is a big deal to sing at MMEA is because schools can only submit a choir group once every four years.

Since it was a huge deal, after school from three to five P.M. they practiced two days a week. The practices were long and but they never got boring. They also got very stressful because it was a lot of work, said Mrs.Campbell.

During the practices the girls learned six songs: Shenandoah, Gaudete, Bumble bee, Gnothi Safton (Know Thyself), Oh My Love, I’m Going up a Yonder. “ Bumble Bee was my favorite song,” said Lilly Davis an eighth grader in Grace Notes, “the layering of all the different parts that made it sound cool.”

During the performance day the girls warmed up, did a sound check, then they performed. After they were done performing, they could either listen to the other groups perform or they could explore booths for fundraising and colleges down stairs. “I watched the performance,” said Davis. “They were really good and it was nice to see others singing.”

Davis said, “My favorite part of the day was the performance and singing parts because it felt good to do something with the hard work.”