CHS musicians bring home multiple honors

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Local musicians brought home the highest honor from a music festival in Atlanta.

Charlottesville High School musicians took part in the WorldStrides 2019 Atlanta heritage festival recently, where they won the Grand Championship Award.

More than 200 students traveled to Atlanta for the weekend festival, including members of the CHS band, orchestra, and choir competed against teams from New York, California, Maryland, Kentucky and Alabama.

The ensembles also brought home awards for Best Orchestra and Band, Outstanding Orchestra for the CHS String Ensemble, Outstanding Band for the CHS Concert Band, five gold medals, four Adjudicator Awards and two Maestro Awards.

The groups winning the gold medals include the Festival Choir, the Jazz Band, the Concert Band, the Combined String Orchestra, and the String Ensemble.

Both bands and both orchestras won the adjudicator awards, and soloists Barrett Crusse and Danny Dupes won the Maestro Awards.

The students also got to explore Atlanta, heard a program put on by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and several other activities.

The CHS music program is one of the most decorated in Virginia, having earned 11 Blue Ribbons from the Virginia Music Educators Association in recognition of schools whose top band, choir, and orchestra all earn superior ratings on annual district assessments.

Earlier this month, musicians from the school also earned top state honors in the 2019 All-Virginia Choir, Bands and Orchestra in Richmond.

And a CHS pianist won the regional Omega Psi Phi Talent Hunt, competing against dancers, actors, instrumentalists and other pianists from across Virginia.

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