Musicians meet high standards at competition
De Soto High School musicians earned high recognition at the April 25 State Solo and Ensemble Festival.
More than 50 students participated in the state competition, making DHS one of the top-five 4A high schools with the number of musicians competing.
DHS competed in 20 events, 17 of those received the highest rating of “I Outstanding.” Three others received II ratings.
Seniors Jenna Hodges and Hana Lindbloom, sophomores Tommy Strauser and Katie McKeirnan and freshman Philip Kaul earned gold medals in three events.
Mary Etta Copeland, DHS vocal music director, said the standards for regional and state competition was perfection.
“That’ what we aim for,” she said. “I’m very pleased with the level of achievement and seeing the students catching on. And the non-musical achievement — understanding the process — is as important as the product.”
Copeland said students displayed learning along the way, as evidenced by the way they reacted and showed improvement.
“This year was a very good year,” she said. “Next year has something to reach for.”
“I - Outstanding” Ratings:
Madrigal Women - Choral Ensemble
Daniel Davis - Vocal Solo
Brian Murdock - Vocal Solo
Tommy Strauser - Vocal Solo
Saxophone Quartet - Hana Lindbloom, Samantha Kearns, Philip Kaul, and Andy Rhodes
Mixed Woodwind Trio - Jenna Hodges, Hana Lindbloom, and Katie McKeirnan
Brass Choir - Tyler Berg, Trey Durking, Kyndel Reeves, Clinton Hale, Keith Hoover, Brian Murdock, Sophia Young, Jim Mikaloff, Austin Willhite, Joe Dvorak, and Derek Smith
Tommy Strauser - Flute Solo
Katie McKeirnan - Clarinet Solo
Philip Kaul - Alto Saxophone Solo
Flute Quartet - Tommy Strauser, Leslie Jessip, Hannah Stevens, and Tessa Scott
Clarinet Trio - Katie McKeirnan, Marisa Jarboe, and Becca Roberts
Hana Lindbloom - Alto Saxophone Solo
Saxophone Quintet - Philip Kaul, Justin Lynn, Parker Riley, Mitch Childers, and Aaron Garza
Andy Rhodes - Baritone Saxophone Solo
Jenna Hodges - Clarinet Solo - I Rating
Ry Patton - Snare Drum Solo - I Rating
“II - Excellent” Ratings
DHS Madrigals - Vocal Ensemble
Abby Boerkle - Vocal Solo
Patrick King - Vocal Solo