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FDSH Holds Solo Ensemble Festival

April 11, 2019

April 10, 2019, Fort Dodge, IA-  Students in the Fort Dodge Senior High instrumental music department recently participated in the 2019 Solo and Ensemble Festival.  Students from the band and orchestra were judged on 27 performances and participated in short clinics with the judges.

Victoria Pavik received a Best of Center Award for her violin solo and Riley Reed and Kirsten Wendel received a Best of Center Award for their horn duet.  Additional results were as follows:

Division I (Superior) Ratings

  • Clarinet Choir – Antavion Adams, Jordan Martin, Claire Asay, Sierra Bethke, Reagan Black, Allison Jordison, Kayla Smith, Madeline Smith, Annalise Ward, Nikylee Rees and Amber Steenhoek
  • Mallet Ensemble – Matt Anderson, Hailey Miklo, Hannah Gebers and Brandon Sayer
  • Alto Saxophone Solo – Annie Niemeyer
  • Piano Solo – Nathan Rethwisch
  • Violin Solo – Victoria Pavik
  • Trumpet Solo – Josh Meier
  • Euphonium Solo – Isabel Gruver
  • Trumpet Trio – Josh Meier, Jacob Cook and Nathanial Madden
  • Horn Solo – Riley Reed
  • Trombone Choir – Nehemiah Hippen, Anna Marxen, Austin Andrews, Jaydon Charlson, Jamie Lennon, Katherine Tyre, Isabel Beekman, Mattias Hippen, Kadyn Lundberg, Cole Hamlow and Carson Kahler
  • Horn Duet – Riley Reed and Kirsten Wendel
  • Brass Choir – Josh Meier, Jacob Cook, Nathanial Madden, Brayden Potter, Marissa Smith, Austin Jorgensen, Nehemiah Hippen, Anna Marxen, Austin Andrews, Jaydon Charlson, Jamie Lennon, Katherine Tyre, Isabel Beekman, Mattias Hippen, Kadyn Lundberg, Cole Hamlow, Carson Kahler, Geoffrey Astor, Austin Andrews, Riley Reed, Kirsten Wendel, Kyle Davis, Alexander Dorhn, Calvin Lyon, Sierra Leith, Gavin Piper, Isabel Gruver and Jonathon Madden
  • Percussion Choir – Matt Anderson, Hailey Miklo, Hannah Gebers, Brandon Sayer, Brant Christy, Collin Ellsbury, Boston Gordon, Nathanael Hayes, Daniel Leigh, Ryan Cravens, Andrew Creger, Riley Hagen, Carter Hanson, Brett Thompson and Elijah Yates

Division II (Excellent) Ratings

  • Saxophone Choir – Antavion Adams, Demetrius Grantham, Chris Hatton, Jordan Martin, Olyvia Selby, Annie Niemeyer, Nathan Rethwisch, MacKenzie Sharpe, Kadi Messerly, Gracie Miller, Kayleigh Hartweg, Draven McCuddin, Maddie Vinchattle and Max Birkey
  • Alto Saxophone Solo – Kadi Messerly
  • Salty Saxes – Annie Niemeyer, Nathan Rethwisch, Antavion Adams, Demetrius Grantham, Jordan Martin and Olyvia Selby
  • Clarinet Solo – Jordan Martin
  • Viola Solo – Cameron Larson
  • Flute Solo – Aaliyah Warland
  • Flute Solo – Kadi Messerly
  • Flute/Clarinet Duet – Jordan Martin and Aaliyah Warland
  • Trombone Solo – Anna Marxen
  • Trombone Solo – Nehemiah Hippen
  • Tuba Duet – Geoffrey Astor and Austin Andrews
  • Tuba Solo – Austin Andrews
  • Wind Ensemble Trumpets – Josh Meier, Jacob Cook, Nathanial Madden, Brayden Potter, Marissa Smith and Austin Jorgensen

Division III (Good) Ratings

  • Flute Choir – Serena Leith, Kadi Messerly, Macey Peterson, Bethany Pyland, Olyvia Selby, Aaliyah Warland, Kylie Portz and Rachel Sporrer

“Our students worked hard preparing for this festival and that work shows in their ratings,” said Al Paulson, FDSH band instructor. “The students will continue to improve individually using the feedback from the judges, which will make us stronger as large ensembles as well.”  

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