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Musical Spartans move on to State

Nearly 40 band and choral students from Somerset High School will participate in the State Solo/Ensemble Festival at UW-Eau Claire on Saturday, May 3. Students gathered in the high school’s multi-purpose room Monday, April 14 for a photo. (Photo by Sarah Young)

Thirty-nine vocal events, two piano events and eight instrumental events from Somerset High School participated in the High School Solo/Ensemble Festival on Tuesday, April 8 In Siren.

A total of 19 event qualified with 1* rating for the State Solo/Ensemble Festival at UW-Eau Claire on Saturday, May 3. Sixteen of these events posted their qualifying scores on April 8.

The Dynamics participated and qualified for the State Festival at the local Jazz/Swing Festival held at Somerset High School on March 18. Due to a scheduling conflict, two more events participated and qualified for State at a Solo/Ensemble Festival in Hudson on March 29.

State Qualifying events

  • Nikki Quaderer – Alto Solo
  • Mackenzie Erickson, Grace Von Holtum, Hannah Erickson, Elsie Shartin-Folkert, Malia Triebold and Mary Fohrenkamm – Madrigal Ensemble
  • Jacob Scott, Ethan Lammers, Mitch Hosley and J.T. Karis – Barbershop Quartet
  • Jacob Scott – Tenor Solo
  • Emily Colombo – Soprano Solo
  • Kacie Larkowski, Ashley Beasley, Tayva Strom, Kaitlin Croes – Barbershop Quartet
  • Hannah Erickson – Piano Solo
  • Kaitlin Croes – Alto Solo
  • Mitch Hosley – Baritone Solo
  • Zach Siebenaler – Baritone Solo
  • Emily Colombo, Kelsie Caster, Miranda Cote, Hannah Gervers and Rebecca Olin – SSA Ensemble
  • J.T. Karis, Gavin Meader – Vocal Duet
  • Hannah Rosentreter – Alto Solo
  • Mackenzie Erickson – Alto Solo
  • Ethan Lammers, Ryan Vang – Vocal Duet
  • Janae Rothe – Alto Solo, Musical Theatre Solo
  • Percussion Ensemble -- Frank Johnson, Cally Meixner, Danielle Anderson, Autumn Wilson, Rachel Cloutier, Mikaela Barger, Mitch Barger, Ryan Phalen, Sydney Branom, Quinn Perro and Racheal Russell
  • The Dynamics Show Choir: Hannah Rosentreter, Kacie Larkowski, Mackenzie Erickson, Madeline Scott, Sydney Nelson, Janae Rothe, Mary Fohrenkamm, Malia Triebold, Natalie Van Dam, Tayva Strom, Kaitlin Croes, Elsie Shartin-Folkert, Jeanette Newberg, Emily Olson, J.T. Karis, Gavin Meader, Zach Siebenaler, Jacob Scott, Ethan Lammers, Mitch Hosley, Braeden Lange-Green, Taylor Goossen, Christopher Haglund and Frank Johnson

In addition to the State Qualifying events, the rest of the vocal and instrumental events earned 20 – “1” ratings, and 11 – “2” ratings.

Submitted by Scott Perau, Somerset School District choral instructor

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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