On Saturday, March 29, the Storm Lake High School Music Department participated in the Iowa High School Music Associations State Solo/Small Ensemble Festival with LeMars High School as the host site. Students were rated by an adjudicator in each of nine performance centers on their prepared literature. The rating system includes divisional ratings from I to V with a Division I being a Superior rating. All ratings are given based on the quality of the performance with no comparisons made with other individuals or performances.
All of the students involved gained a great deal from the preparation and the experience of performing. All three directors were very proud of the manner that they represented the Storm Lake Music Department. The directors and the students were also very appreciative of the fine accompanists that aided our musical endeavor. Those ambitious individuals that were willing to give of their time and talents were Barbara Wells and Judy Fells.
The SLHS students represented themselves well in this contest, said Director Frank Hoskins. The judges were not generous with high ratings and only Division I assessments were given where warranted. Division III ratings also were given out with some frequency.
The Music Department as a whole earned 33 Division Is and 3 Division IIs, and 1 Division III. The breakdown per department was:
Orchestra - one Division I; Vocal - 10 Division I, one Division II, one Division III; band - 22 Division I, two Division II.
Also one solo and one group earned "Best of Center" awards for the day. This means that these two entries gave an outstanding performance and were chosen by each judge as the best entry heard during the entire day of adjudication in their center. The alto saxophone solo performed by Geoff Ullerich earned this prestigious award as well as the Clarinet Duet comprised of Clare Cullen and Marjie Halverson.
"The quality and quantity of practice will always provide quality results and many students found this to be the deciding factor in their performances on Saturday," said Hoskins. "Musical expertise and higher skill levels are a result of growth over a full year of music education. Some may rise to the occasion or start to "bloom" during an intensive preparation period, but overall, long term consistent practice habits will yield the most quality from performances. They all did their best on Saturday and they are to be commended for their fine efforts."
* Division I Band Solos (each entry asterisked received a perfect score) *Katy Shevel, *Kieran Cullen, flute; *Clare Cullen, *Marjie Halverson, Bb clarinet; Annette Frank, alto clarinet; *Geoff Ullerich, alto sax; Morgan Rauch, tenor sax; Jacob Lyon, French horn; Dylan Freking, trombone; Tyler Reinert, Don Halverson, euphonium; Darren Johnson, Tom Cullen, tuba; *Katie Demers, marimba
* Division II Band Solos
Audrey Wells, oboe
*Division I Band Ensembles
Woodwind Duet(L) - Katy Shevel and Kieran Cullen; *Woodwind Duet(L) - Marjie Halverson and Clare Cullen; *Woodwind Duet(UL) - Katy Shevel and Clare Cullen; French Horn Duet - Jacob Lyon and Steph Emery; *Flute Ensemble - Katy Shevel, Kieran Cullen, Amy Kessler; Mixed Brass Ensemble - Jacob Lyon, Steph Emery, Dylan Freking; Clarinet Ensemble - Clare Cullen, Marjie Halverson, Annette Frank, Leah Staton; *Clarinet Choir - Clare Cullen, Marjie Halverson, Raymundo Villarreal, Erika Garcia, Stefany Silva, Annette Frank, Leah Staton
*Division II Band Ensembles
Low Brass Duet(L) - Tom Cullen and Darren Johnson
* Division I Orchestra Ensemble
String Ensemble(UL) - Amanda Proczak, Jacob Lyon, Marjie Halverson
* Division I Vocal Solos
Kayla Shadlow, *Andy Storm, Laura McDowell, Katie Demers, *Veronica Soria, Steph Emery, Jacob Lyon, JC Renteria, Annette Frank, Morgan Rauch
*Division II Vocal Solo
*Division III Vocal Solo