Chorus, band students Star at state music festival
Students who attend schools in the area earned top ratings at the North Dakota State Class B Music Festival held at Minot State University in May. They were among 805 entries involving approximately 1,500 participants who presented vocal and instrumental music solos and ensembles.
Outstanding Performer Awards
Each judge at the festival granted one Outstanding Performer Award from the entries adjudicated throughout the day. Laura Allensworth, a senior at Grafton High School, was awarded the designation for her performance of “II Bacio.” Three girls ensemble groups from Grafton High School also received Outstanding Performance Awards. They are Allensworth, Stephanie Johnson, Jenna Hills, Elizabeth Pilon, Jenae Koplin, Katelyn Desautel, Taylor Ensrude and Kinzie Molde for the performance of “And This Shall Be For Music;” Pilon, Brooke Feltman and Molly Collette for “Pie Jesu;” and Allensworth, Collette, Ensrude, Feltman, Hills, Megan Janikowski, Stephanie Johnson, Sydney Johnson, Pilon and Sami Swartz for “Boy Blue.” Grafton High School vocal and instrumental music students are directed by Mandy Smallbeck.
Music students from Adams-Edmore, Drayton, Grafton, Midway, Minto, Park River, and Valley-Edinburg high schools received Star ratings at the music festival. A Star is the highest possible rating an individual or group can achieve. Receiving Star ratings were as follows:
Adams-Edmore: Lauren Sampson for a bass clarinet solo performance of “Romance and Troika” and the percussion ensemble for the presentation of “Old Duck.” The music department at Adams-Edmore is directed by Valerie Sampson.
Drayton: Eighth grader Brianna Wink for a flute solo performance of “Czardas.” Jane Uggerud is her instructor.
Grafton: Flute ensemble for the performance of “The Debonaires,” Molly Collette for the vocal solo “Lass from Low Country,” Matthew Dryburgh for the vocal solo “The Trumpeter,” and the mixed vocal ensemble for the performance of “The Bee.”
Midway: Emily Hicks for the B flat clarinet solo “Ancient Ayre.” Sarah Patrick is the music instructor at Midway.
Minto: Lucas Mondry for his vocal solo performance of “Come Again, Sweet Love.” Jody Roseland is the music instructor at Minto High School.
Park River: Seven groups and one individual from Park River High School received Star ratings. They include boys vocal ensemble performances of “Sing For Joy,” “A-Roving” and “Bound For Jubilee;” flute ensemble performance of “Pachelbel Canon,” a percussion ensemble performance of “Encounter,” a girls vocal ensemble performance of “Away From The Roll of the Sea,” a mixed vocal ensemble performance of “This Shall Be For Music” and Joseph Frausto for his vocal solo “My Love’s An Arbutus.” The Park River students are directed by Sheldon Weltz.
Valley-Edinburg: Hayley Fingarson received a Star rating for her vocal solo performance of Gia Sole dal Gange. Also receiving a Star rating was a girls vocal ensemble performing “And Nature Smiled” and a MMMI performance of “Air for Band.” Janet Johansen is the music instructor at Valley-Edinburg High School.
Several groups and individuals also received excellent ratings at state including a percussion ensemble from Adams-Edmore; flute, woodwind and clarinet ensembles from Grafton, as well as Elizabeth Pilon for the vocal solo “Ridente la calma,” a mixed woodwind duet by Emily Hicks and Sydney Dale of Midway; MMMV ensemble, girls vocal ensembles and mixed vocal ensemble performances by Park River students; and two girls vocal ensemble performances by Valley-Edinburg students.