Archive for Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Musicians meet high standards at competition

May 27, 2009

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.”

Competition Standings

“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

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