Vocalist earns silver rating in solo contest

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By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

Instrumental musicians were to compete Saturday

HUNTINGBURG - Perry Central High School's Kynslee Roberts earned a silver rating in district-level solo-vocalist competition Jan. 26 at Southridge High School, Huntingburg.

She performed a Samuel Barber piece, "Sure on This Shining Night," in Group 1, denoting the highest level of difficulty in the Indiana State School Music Association contest. A gold rating would have qualified her to compete at the state level, where she earned a top ranking last year.

Students from throughout Indiana converged at 22 sites Jan. 26 to display their vocal or instrumental skills before judges rating them in solo or small-ensemble categories.

Others were to compete at 20 locations this past weekend. Perry County students competed in the vocal category Jan. 26 and were scheduled to demonstrate their prowess on wind, percussion and string instruments Saturday, also at Southridge.

Two Perry Central students, Janelle Howell on clarinet and trombonist Colton Wilson, planned to compete in Group 1 at the district level. High-school soloists competing in Group 2 or 3 were to include Melinda Buckler, trumpet; Sam Noble, clarinet and Becca Taylor, flute.

Junior-high students planning to represent their school in the competition's Group 5 included trumpet player Aaron Cecil and flutist Alyssa Crowe.

"I think this is one of the most important things we do all year," Perry Central Music Director Rob Cason said. "This and concert band are the foundation for any good music program."

Cason moved from South Spencer High School, where he was assistant director, to take charge of the Leopold school's music program this year. He took the job just in time to oversee the last of several summertime band camps, which led to the Marching Commodores earning a gold rating at an Indiana State School Music Association regional competition in October. Before his arrival, music students had endured two changes in director since the previous year's district-level contest.