Seventeen Crookston High School choir students participated in the State-Section Vocal Solo Contest held at East Grand Forks last week.
Twelve of the students received double stars, a Superior rating and five received single stars, an Excellent rating.
Schools participating in the contest in addition to Crookston included East Grand Forks, Fisher, Grygla, Red Lake Falls, Red Lake County Central, Sacred Heart, Warren/Alverado/Oslo, and Win-E-Mac. Contest adjudicators included Alden Andersen, Deland Elseth, Shirley Hanson, and Ken Sherwood.
Corene Everett and Belinda Fjeld accompanied the Crookston choir students.
Double Stars, Superior Rating:
Mercedes Aponte, sophomore - The Water is Wide
Hallie Cardinal, sophomore - Aura Lee
Mariah Frisk, junior - The Last Rose of Summer
Torrie Greer, junior - All Through the Night/Angels Watching Over Me
Cody Klamm, junior - Poor Wayfaring Stranger
McKaylee Klamm, senior - Homeward Bound
McKaela Larson, senior - Pieta Signore
Keaton Limper, senior - O Divine Redeemer
Allison Reinhart, sophomore - Go 'Way From My Window
Bryan Sanchez, junior - La Donna e Mobile
Paige Sanders, senior - On My Own
Marie Sandman, freshman - On Eagle's Wings
Single Stars, Excellent Rating:
Sotonye Afonya, junior - Danny Boy
Mickayla Johnson, junior - Greensleeves
Ashley Manning, freshman - Amazing Grace
Cyrina Ostgaard, senior - Much More
Heidi Shol, junior - Love's Philosophy
All soloists had the opportunity to work on their solos with Melanie Popejoy, our Artist in Residence from UND. The choir students will perform their solos at a public recital on Monday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. in the choir/orchestra room at CHS. Admission is free with refreshments to follow.
This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State's general fund.
CHS trio sings at Concordia
Three Crookston High School Choir students, Sydney Luckow, Bryan Sanchez and McKaela Larson, were selected to participate in the Concordia College High School Choral Festival on Friday & Saturday, Jan. 25-26 in Moorhead.
The weekend began with a concert at Memorial Auditorium on Friday night by a professional men's group "Cantus" for over 600 high school choral students, followed with pizza for all participants and a late night mass choir rehearsal with conductor, Dr. Rene Clausen.
Page 2 of 2 - The students spent Saturday rehearsing the mass choir selections and listening to mini-concerts by Concordia's Cantabile and Mannerchor Freshman Choir. The event concluded with a late afternoon concert at Trinity Lutheran Church that featured four high school choirs: Blaine High School Concert Choir, Roseville Area High School Cantus Certus, Willmar High School Cardinal Choir and the Red River High School Concert Choir, Grand Forks ND, as well as the Concordia College Concert Choir, and ended with the Festival Choir under the direction of Dr. Rene Clausen.