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The Emmetsburg High School Vocal Music Department performed with much success at the Iowa High School Music Association sponsored State Solo and Ensemble Contest held at Okoboji High School in Milford on Sat. April 5 and at Emmetsburg on Monday, April 7. Emmetsburg performed with eighty-nine entries at the 2014 State Contest and earned a school record 58 Division I (superior) ratings, 21 Division II (excellent) ratings, and two Division III (average) ratings. Students were given the opportunity to perform for an adjudicator assigned by the Iowa High School Music Association. The performance was evaluated in eight to nine musical areas. The adjudicator offered suggestions for improvement and then assigned a division rating of Division I (superior) to Division V (poor) to each performance. Emmetsburg vocal students rehearsed their contest entries outside of the school day. Many ensembles practiced before and after school, beginning eight to ten weeks before the contest date. A few ensembles met during the vocal music period the final two weeks before contest. Soloists received their solos and practice cd’s about six weeks before contest and met with their instructor during their lesson times, study halls, after school and evenings. “This was an excellent effort on the part of our students.” commented EHS vocal director David Fog. “The soloists were ready with their selections, secure in their memorization and put in the musical elements need to gain superior ratings. The scores awarded the ensembles were very high, so our students really nailed their performance opportunities all day. Attendance before and after school was just excellent! This focus and preparation certainly helped the students give their very best performances from a foundation of confidence. We were also able to prepare a lot more solos, as Linda Mertz has been working with our girls as a private instructor during the year. The progresses of our young ladies and their accomplishments have been outstanding, and we certainly would like to thank Linda for all her excellent work in getting these soloists in top form.” An additional honor awaited the Emmetsburg students at the end of the contest on April 5, as the Emmetsburg Mixed Quartet was awarded the Outstanding Performance Award in Center 1. Each of the judges assigned to the performance centers are able to chose one performance from all the entries that they hear to award the Outstanding Performance Award. The group or soloist granted this award have the opportunity to perform at the Outstanding Performance Award Showcase sponsored by the Iowa Choral Directors Association in Ames in May. Quartet members are: Hannah Bird, Briana Campbell, Michael Woodruff and Doug Vesey. Mr. Fog and the vocal students would like to extend a huge thank you to the adult accompanists who helped accompany them during the day and met to rehearse with them during the final two weeks before contest. Adult accompanists were Kelley Fog and Jessica Schable. Mrs. Fog also did a great deal of work in helping to coach many ensembles and solos before and after school the final two weeks. Without the unselfish effort of these accompanists, many students would not have the opportunity to perform at such an accomplished level at state contest.

 
 

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