WMHS choir students earn superior ratings

Watertown-Mayer High School Choir Students who earned superiors at the Solo and Ensemble contest include, in front, Grace Filek, Jacob Dalluge and MacKenzie Farber. In back are Jeremy Nikunen, Ellie Poikonen, Joshua Loomis, Lyndzi Durkin and Meagan Campbell. Raina Pennington is not pictured. (Submitted photo)

Watertown-Mayer High School Choir Students who earned superiors at the Solo and Ensemble contest include, in front, Grace Filek, Jacob Dalluge and MacKenzie Farber. In back are Jeremy Nikunen, Ellie Poikonen, Joshua Loomis, Lyndzi Durkin and Meagan Campbell. Raina Pennington is not pictured. (Submitted photo)

Watertown-Mayer High School choir students successfully participated in the Section/State MSHSL Solo and Ensemble Contest at Howard Lake/Waverly on April 15. Out of 18 events, 10 earned Superior ratings, which is the highest rating possible (scores from 35-40.) The remaining eighth events earned Excellent ratings (scores of 28-34.)

Although lower ratings are possible, all WM Students earned ratings of Excellent and above.

The two Watertown-Mayer High School choirs also recently participated in MSHSL Large Group Contest, which was held at Buffalo on March 19. Concert Choir (grades 11-12) earned a Superior rating from all three judges, although in order to receive an overall Superior rating, only two out of three judges must give scores in the Superior range (35-40.) Concert Choir performed in the Category 2 difficulty range with “Omnia Sol,” by Z. Randall Stroope, and “Come to the Music,” by Joseph Martin. The Varsity Choir (grades 9-10) earned an overall Excellent rating, with Category 3 performances of “Jubilate Deo,” by Emily Crocker, and “Skye Boat Song,” arranged by Jay Althouse.

Shirlee Gilmore is the WMHS/MS vocal music director, and contest accompanists were Deborah Jean Smith and Merijo Strandquist.

Solo and Ensemble event results are as follows (with student’s high school grade level in parentheses):

Superior Solos: Lyndzi Durkin (12), Joshua Loomis (12), Ellie Poikonen (12), Meagan Campbell (11), Raina Pennington (11), Jack Dalluge (10), Grace Filek (10)

Superior Duets: Lyndzi Durkin & Joshua Loomis (12), Ellie Poikonen & Jeremy Nikunen (12), Grace Filek & MacKenzie Farber (10)

Excellent Solos: Jeremy Nikunen (12), Kathryn Jorgenson (11), Jamie McDonald (10)

Excellent Duets: Brian McDonald & Jamie McDonald (10)

Excellent Women’s Trio: Emalee Mader (12), Courtney Graham (11), & Raina Pennington (11)

Excellent Women’s Ensemble: Jamie McDonald (10), Lesley Wasser (10), Corrin Daggett (9), Shannon Dale (9), Sierra Lhotka (9), Victoria Lynch (9), Shayla Meiers (9), Carly Willette (9).

 

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