Many Black Hills students are continuing on to compete at the state level after solo and ensemble.
Solo and ensemble is an annual competition where both band and choir students perform in front of adjudicators and receive scores based on the quality of their performance.
Out of the 19 different instrumental performances, 17 received the highest rating, a superior, and the other two received excellent ratings. Paige Hinman, Emma Lindemeier, Andy Phan, and the percussion ensemble Omnipotent all placed first in regionals and will continue on to compete at All State at Central Washington University on April 28-29. These musicians will be competing against all other musicians in the state because there are no class divisions in this competition. Some of the choir and band students were also participating in the school’s production of The Music Man. They were able to work on their ensemble pieces and continue on to state, putting in many hours of practice to perfect their pieces.
Freshman Paige Hinman, an oboist, says she “wasn’t expecting to go [to state] at all,” but now she is continuing on to play her piece, Concerto in D minor by Tomaso Albinoni at state. She will be competing against all other oboists in the state. Paige and the others have been practicing their pieces for several months now in preparation for this competition.
The percussion ensemble, Omnipotent, performed Anxiety by Steve Winstead. The ensemble includes Alex Robertson, Ian Swenson, Bri Manikhoth, Colton Steele, Andy Phan, Rylee Denney, Kyle Lince, Spencer, Anthony, Jonathan Rutledge, Naheem Shaw, Zach Chapman, and Kirk Harris.
For those who competed at the choir solo and ensemble, freshman Noah Halter, Sari Sneden, and Nicole Waldron all received a superior rating. Along with them, the freshman ensemble is going to state. They will be competing at state on April 28-29 at Central Washington University as well.
By Meghan Reichert