On Saturday, March 28, 42 students representing Holyoke vocal and instrumental music departments, grades 6-8, attended the Ogallala, Neb. Invitational Solo and Ensemble Contest.
Students prepared solos and/or ensembles, and then presented them for an adjudicator that evaluated the performance and awarded a final rating. Students were judged in the areas of tone quality, intonation, rhythmic and pitch accuracy, articulations, dynamics, style, interpretation, stage presence, choice of literature and overall musicianship.
Holyoke students received a total of four I+ (Superior Plus) ratings, 29 I (Superior) ratings and nine II (Excellent) ratings.
Students earning I+ ratings included Ramon Favela—guitar solo, Camille Elliott—clarinet solo, Lindsay Helgoth—alto sax solo and Jacinda Krueger—flute solo.
I ratings were earned by: Lynette Stark and Kaetlyn Overton—vocal duet; Kaylee Ham, Kade Kirby and Luke Stewart—vocal trio; Hannah Gillmore—vocal solo; Megan Vieselmeyer—vocal solo; Luke Stewart—trap set solo; Shaylee Krueger, Jacinda Krueger, Elissa Baker and Ashley Humphreys—flute quartet; Rosa Ochoa and Taylor Goldenstein—flute duet; Ryan Parker—drum solo; Trevor Dalton, Molly Brandt, Erin Vieselmeyer and Lindsay Helgoth—mixed instrumental quartet; Kaety Overton—clarinet solo.
Eva Penzing—clarinet solo; Camille Elliott—oboe solo; Molly Brandt—bass clarinet solo; TJ Gertner—drum solo; TJ Gertner, AJ Brandt, Logan Gift and Jack Gorwitz—percussion quartet; Shaylee Krueger—vocal solo; Eva Penzing—vocal solo; Brittney Prottsman—vocal solo; Makayla Spitz—vocal solo; Kelsey Kramer—vocal solo; Camille Elliott—vocal solo; Trevor Dalton and Ryan Parker—vocal duet; Erin and Megan Vieselmeyer—vocal duet; Brittney Prottsman and Makayla Spitz—vocal duet.
Eva Penzing and Makayla Spitz—vocal duet; Eva Penzing and Shaylee Krueger—vocal duet; Camille Elliott, Elissa Baker and Alexis Lenhart—vocal trio; and Jordan Bernard, Caitlyn Kramer, Elissa Baker, Chandler Gerk, Becca Weaver, Alexis Lenhart, Madison King, Xandra Lock, Kelsey Kramer, Brittney Prottsman and Makayla Spitz—girls ensemble.
Students earning II ratings included: Kaetlyn Overton, Alex McCallum and Anna Wirges—vocal trio; Anna Wirges—vocal solo; Alex McCallum—vocal solo; Kaetlyn Overton—vocal solo; Taylor Goldenstein—vocal solo; Araceli Banuelos and Jacinda Krueger—instrumental duet; Kaylee Ham, Eilin Coss and Jentry Andersen—instrumental trio; Ramon Favela—sax solo; and Anna Wirges—clarinet solo.
Holyoke music students are under the direction of instrumental teacher Pat Wiebers and vocal instructor Marcia Dalton.