Montgomery Choir Success

Montgomery HS Choirs named Mark of Excellence National Winners for third consecutive year
Posted on 09/19/2023
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The Foundation for Music Education announced this year’s Mark of Excellence National Choral Honors Project winners and both the Montgomery Madrigals and the Choral Women’s Choir were named National Winners, receiving this honor for the third year in a row.

“Our choirs each gave a stunning performance and I am beyond proud of these students and their passion for choral excellence,” MHS Choir Director Heather Orr said. “This national honor is a product of the continued effort they give to their training and the way they rise to the top when they compete.”

The Mark of Excellence competition happens annually, with top choirs from across the country submitting recordings of their work. The 2023 competition had 446 submissions from choirs in 40 different states, with the top quarter of those submissions named as National Winners, two of those repeat winners from Montgomery HS.

“The music that comes out of the choir room at Montgomery HS is phenomenal art,” Montgomery HS Principal Noah Hollander said. “Heather is able to instill an amazing work ethic in her students and when that is paired with their talent and her amazing teaching skill, awards like this one are attainable.”

Heather Orr is serving her 23rd year as Choir Director at Montgomery HS. Choirs under her direction consistently earn state and national awards and recognition while also being invited to perform at conventions and festivals around the country. All Montgomery HS choirs will be performing at Showtime Thursday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. at Montgomery HS. Tickets are available at

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