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Ottawa takes 2nd in state music competition

Program scores maximum points over the weekend

The Ottawa High School Wind Ensemble prepares to compete at the IHSA music organization competition at Princeton High School on Saturday. They are directed by Andrew Jacobi. The photo was provided by Linda Kay Walter.
The Ottawa High School Wind Ensemble prepares to compete at the IHSA music organization competition at Princeton High School on Saturday. They are directed by Andrew Jacobi. The photo was provided by Linda Kay Walter.

Ottawa High School's music program scored the maximum amount of points during this weekend's IHSA state organizational competition.

However, Dunlap — which was ahead of them by 15 points — also scored the maximum, however, to capture the 2019 Class AA state music title with a total of 1,011 points.

Ottawa finished as runner up tied with Washington with 996 total points, continuing a streak of success in the state competition.

Last month, the music programs performed in the IHSA solo and ensemble competition, the first part of two competitions to determine the state music title, and also the contest with more variables. This weekend, the most points any program could gain was 300.

Eight out of nine ensembles received Division 1 honors. Ottawa High's Concert-Treble Choir, Vocal Jazz group and Jazz Society also recieved co-"Best of Day" Awards, signifying they were the best choirs heard during the weekend's competition.

Ottawa has won 22 state music titles, including a string of 21 titles in 23 years. This marks the 35th time in the last 38 years the music department has been one of the top three music departments in Illinois.

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