HHS music students rate well at league festival

Hillsboro High School vocal and instrumental students participated in the Mid-Central Association league festival last week.

The league festival is six weeks ahead of the state large-group contest where the choirs compete.

From the three judges, the Concert Choir receive a I, II and II; Mixed Chorus received three II?s; Girls Glee received three I?s; Spirit-N-Celebration received a I as did the SNC women and SNC men; Mixed Ensemble received a II and the Boys Ensemble received a I.

Individuals receiving a I rating were Nolan Dirks, Cassie Kroeker, Heidi Schroeder, Jet Skiles, Kim Brown, Amanda Roble, Carly Weisbeck, Elise Heyen, Emma Heyen, Hayley Pankratz, Amy Bartel, Brenna Blackketter, Olivia Kliewer and Krista Reimer.

Receiving a II rating were Jessica Elliott, Kelsey Bartel, Evan Just, Dylan Delk, Daniel Kenney, Matt Wiebe, Trey Carson, Samantha Ens, Sammy Koons, Becca MacKenzie, Rachel MacKenzie and Luke More.

In the instrumental division, the HHS Band received an ?Excellent? rating. The Clarinet Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble each received a I, the Flute Ensemble and Trumpet Ensemble each received a II, and the Brass Ensemble received a III.

In the individual ratings, Matthew Wiebe received a I for a trumpet solo and Sara Jones received a I for a flute solo.

?League is a time for the choirs to see where they are in preparation for the state festival,? vocal instructor Lynn Just said.

Large groups do not have a regional. Regional festival for the ensembles and solos is sooner, April 4, at Tabor College. Students must receive a ?I? rating a regionals to advance to state.

Patrons are encouraged to attend any festival.

?The regional festival at Tabor is a great place to hear the students perform,? Just said.

A schedule of the Hillsboro High School performances will be placed on the school Web site when it is available.

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