PLHS music students perform in music festival in Winter Park, Colo.
A late winter snow storm may have delayed the buses, but it didn’t slow the enthusiasm of the 52 PLHS vocal music students and their 11 sponsors who traveled to Winter Park, Colorado, March 30 to April 3 to take part in that city’s 25th Anniversary Ski Music Festival.
Although a chance to go skiing was high on everyone’s list, even higher was the opportunity to compete against schools in their division from Kansas, Colorado, Texas and Florida. And compete they did. By the time the festival was over, PLHS had been named “Best in Class” in every category in their division and received additional trophies for their outstanding and superior ratings from the judges.
“All three choirs competed in the music competition held at Middle Park High School,” said senior Taylor Easum, noting that the PLHS Choirs–Singers, and Men’s and Women’s Ensembles–brought home six trophies in all. “Men’s and Women’s Ensembles both picked up trophies for ‘Outstanding’ ratings. The Singers came home with a ‘Superior’ rating trophy. All three Kaw choirs also achieved ‘Best in Class’ trophies.”
Before returning to Perry, PLHS Choir members were the featured guests of the Emanuel Baptist Church in Colorado Springs.
“The students and their families enjoyed a contemporary ‘gospel’ service full of music and a clever down-to-earth sermon,” said vocal music director Nick Griggs. “The students actually were asked to participate in the service sharing their wonderful gift of singing. After their presentation, the congregation gave a standing ovation in honor of yet another impressive sounding performance of the PLHS choir that weekend.”
In addition to high ratings at the Winter Park festival, the PLHS Music Department has done well in other recent competitions with both the band and choir members participating in the KSHSAA Regional Solo and Small Ensemble Contest at Baker University on April 9. There, the PLHS Singers, the Singers Women, Singers Men and Men’s Ensemble all received Superior “I” ratings. A number of first time soloists also received outstanding ratings, with Addison Jones and Tsehay Thomas receiving Superior “I” ratings on their selections.
Band members Charis Fisher and Ben Maloun also earned Superior I ratings on their solos. Dani Winchester, Cody Smock, Anna Sieb, Addison Jones, Molly Dillman and Lucas Rombach participated as a percussion ensemble and received a Superior “I” rating as well.
All those earning a Superior “I” ratings as soloists and/or ensembles will compete at the KSHSAA State Solo and Small Ensemble Competition in Andover on April 30.
In addition, the PLHS choirs and band members traveled to Holton on April 14 for the KSHSAA State Large Group Festival. All PLHS groups performing there earned Superior “I” ratings. According to Griggs, this marks the first time in 20 years that both departments received superior ratings at the same large group festival.
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