The Gahanna orchestras will present a fall concert in the Gahanna Lincoln High School auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.

* The Gahanna orchestras will present a fall concert in the Gahanna Lincoln High School auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.

The performance is free and open to the public.

The concert will include musicians from seventh through 12th grade and a repertoire that ranges from the Renaissance through 21st century.

"Our districtwide concerts are a celebration of Gahanna's orchestra program," said Kevin Dengel, orchestra director. "It is a great opportunity for younger musicians to see and hear what is achievable in a few short years."

After the performance, the high school orchestras will prepare for three events in early 2013.

The chamber orchestra will collaborate with the chorale and select ensemble for a Gahanna Residents In Need benefit concert Jan. 21 at Peace Lutheran Church, performing Franz Schubert's Mass in G.

All high school orchestras will prepare literature for their OMEA state-orchestra adjudicated event in late-February at Granville High School and collaborate on an additional concert at New Albany's McCoy Community Center for the Arts with the New Albany High School orchestra department in mid-March.

* Gahanna Lincoln High School again will host the Ohio Music Education Association south-central region orchestra Nov. 16-18.

Nearly 200 students from around central Ohio auditioned for the advanced ensemble, said Kevin Dengel, OMEA south-central region chair-elect.

Selected musicians will be under the direction of internationally known musician, author, researcher and teacher Dr. Louis Bergonzi.

Bergonzi is on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne. Prior to this appointment, he was a faculty member at the Eastman School of Music.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, in the Lincoln High School auditorium, the student musicians will perform George Bizet's famous Carmen Suite No. 1; American composer, Aaron Copland's John Henry Suite and prominent Mexican composer Arturo Marquez's Danzon No.2.

Top-seated members from this ensemble will be selected to participate in the prestigious OMEA all-state orchestra in early February.

"The concert is free and open to the public, and we hope that many in the community attend Sunday's performance," Dengel said. "The caliber of musicians (that) central Ohio music educators and private instructors are cultivating is amazing."

* The Gahanna Lincoln High School speech and debate team swept the Mount Vernon Speech and Debate Invitational on Nov. 3, with 20 students placing in the event.

Overall, Gahanna placed first in sweepstakes with 50.5 points. Upper Arlington was second (42.75), and Beavercreek was third (30.25). Teams from central and southwestern Ohio were represented at this event.

The team was scheduled to compete at Upper Arlington on Nov. 10 and Maumee on Nov. 17.

Gahanna will host the 13th annual Rotary Club of Gahanna Invitational on Dec. 8.

In the Mount Vernon Invitational, individuals placing first were Ali McCathern in Lincoln-Douglas debate; Emily Jadwin in original; Stephanie McCann in prose/poetry; Sedona Rosenberg in U.S. extemporaneous speaking; and Annie Devaney in oratorical interpretation.

Placing second were Mallory Rowan in oratorical interpretation; Jennie McAndrew in original; Sumeet Kotwal in U.S. extemporaneous speaking; and Summit Rosenberg in humorous interpretation.

In third place were Angie Stewart in original; Nathan Power in Congress; and Kate Frank in oratorical interpretation.

Placing fourth were Tara Smith in dramatic interpretation and Sarah Beavers in prose/poetry.

Placing fifth were Wesley Thompson in international extemporaneous speaking and Caleb Webb in humorous interpretation.

Rounding out the top six were Kyle Clark and Max Agranoff in public-forum debate; Matthew Zianni in Congress; and Stacy Studer in international extemporaneous speaking.

The coaches were presented with the Joe Siren Quality Coaching Award, an honor to the coach of the team who earns the most points based on the quality of competition

Lyle Linerode and Kristen Juth coach the team.

-- Marla K. Kuhlman