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Somerset girls take second in state listening contest

A trio of Somerset Middle School sixth grade girls earned second place in the Wisconsin Music Educators Association Listening Contest.

The state contest was held on May 17 at Waunakee High School.

The Somerset team that performed so well at state consisted of Carrie Kulibert, Malia Triebold and Natalie Van Dam.

The listening contest tests students' knowledge of music in many categories. The students are responsible for knowing six categories:

-- composition titles for various musical pieces;

-- composers;

-- timbre (all the musical instruments used in the musical compositions);

-- small and large form, which includes transfer questions of pieces unknown to the team, where the students identify random parts of the music composition;

-- a student-led creative presentation required at the state level. The Somerset team chose Clarke's "Trumpet Voluntary" where they were formally costumed in gold glitter top hats, cumberbunds and bow ties.

This activity was sponsored by the Somerset Gifted and Talented program. Program instructor Rosanne Erickson and Middle School music teacher Roger Zolldan coached the Somerset team.

The Somerset team qualified for state by winning a district competition that was held in Somerset on May 7. At state, Somerset's team earned 72 of a possible 75 points. Only one team was able to top that score, earning 73 of 75 possible points.

"The students have done an amazing job of demonstrating their understanding of music and how it is put together," Erickson said. "The festival manager said that they are able to do things that a lot of freshman music majors can't do."

Somerset had two teams compete at the regional competition. The team of Sydney Branom, Rachel Helgeson and Lexine Lynner also performed well, earning second place medals, but wasn't able to qualify to compete at the state level.