Somerset sending large group to state musicNearly 80 Somerset High School band and choir students went to the District Solo and Ensemble Festival held at Osceola High School on April 3. Somerset had a total of 38 vocal entries and 12 instrumental entries. Out of those events, 18 vocal entries and four instrumental entries earned a rating of a 1*, which advances them to the State festival.
Nearly 80 Somerset High School band and choir students went to the District Solo and Ensemble Festival held at Osceola High School on April 3. Ten schools from the Upper St. Croix Valley Music Association participated in this festival. Students competed with solos, duets, trios, and many other types of vocal and instrumental ensembles, with many hoping to advance to the state level on May 5 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Somerset High School was represented very well at this festival. Somerset had a total of 38 vocal entries and 12 instrumental entries. Out of those events, 18 vocal entries and four instrumental entries earned a rating of a 1*, which advances them to the State festival. Somerset also took home three of the 12 “Best in Site Awards.” Each judge gives out one Best in Site award after they have judged all of their events throughout the day.
Winning best in site awards were Hannah Rosentreter for her vocal solo, a saxophone quartet consisting of Aric Vanasse, Emily Martell, Sadie Gilbertson, and Kim Lynner, and Somerset’s High School Show Choir – The Dynamics.
Vocal music state qualifiers:
Emily Colombo – Soprano Solo
Jessica Sisler – Soprano Solo
Hannah Rosentreter – Soprano Solo
Ashley Andrews – Alto Solo
Kaitlyn Nichols – Alto Solo
Kaitlin Raber – Alto Solo
Tayva Strom – Alto Solo
Luke Westmoreland – Tenor Solo
J.T. Karis – Bass Solo
Jake Scott – Bass Solo
Riley Jackson and Hannah Rosentreter – SA Duet
Ashley Andrews and Mary Fohrenkamm – SA Duet
Ashley Beasley and Emily Colombo – SA Duet
Rachel Helgeson and Malia Triebold – SA Duet
Jake Scott, Gavin Germain, Jon Bucklew, J.T. Karis – Barbershop Quartet Riley Jackson – Musical Theatre
Hannah Rosentreter – Musical Theatre
The Dynamics – Mixed Show Choir (Ashley Andrews, Hanna Barritt, Ashley Beasley, Emily Colombo, Mary Fohrenkamm, Gavin Germain, Riley Jackson, J.T. Karis, Kacie Larkowski, Cedric Mantovani, Kaitlin Raber, Hannah Rosentreter, John Russell, Cassandra Schmidt, Jacob Scott, Zach Siebenaler, Tayva Strom, Malia Triebold, Natalie Van Dam, Mackenzie Wulfing, Cody Waalen – drummer)
Instrumental music qualifiers
Flute Solo: Beige McConaughey
Flute/Clarinet Duet: Beige McConaughey/Emilee Martell
Clarinet Choir: Emilee Martell, Mackenzie Venhor, Sydney Branom, Liz Jacobson, Emily Johnson, Angelina Meuers, Jamie Victor
Saxophone Quartet: Emilee Martell, Mercedes Gilbertson, Kim Lynner, Aric Vanasse