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LEOPOLD – Kynslee Roberts, a Perry Central High School senior, earned a gold rating at Indiana State School Music Association vocal-soloist competition at Southridge High School Saturday.
Accompanied by pianist Mary Seitz, Roberts performed "Into the Night" in Group 1, the association's most-difficult category.
Perry Central has no choral director, so Roberts' accomplishment "really shows her self-directed learning and ambition," Music Director Rob Cason said Monday. "We really didn't assist her that much. We're very proud of her."
The student had been fighting a cold all week, and "that made it a little more impressive," Cason said.
Group 1 material, he explained, presents challenges in tone and range, "and she did a good job with all of it."
Cason's students are now preparing for instrumental solo-and-ensemble competition this weekend, also at South Ridge. They include a large percussion ensemble, clarinet and saxophone quartets, and trumpet, trombone and clarinet solos.
"They're doing some good work," their director said. "These kids are playing harder pieces than they've ever played and they're working hard, so we're hoping for the best."
New at Perry Central this year is a drum line that will have its first competition Saturday, Feb. 28, at East Central High School in St. Leon.