Musicians prep for districts

By Caitlin Ham

Being nervous is really common on performance day and preparing far in advance can give you the rating you want. My ensembles have been working really hard and I’m excited to see our outcome on Saturday,” junior Mandi Brown 

On Friday, March 9th, and Saturday, March 10th, band, choir, and orchestra students will travel to Lee’s Summit High School to participate in district solo and ensemble festival. Students from the fine arts programs have selected solos and ensembles to perform. Judges listen to students solos and ensembles and rate them  (1 being the highest and 4 being the lowest) based on tone and correct notes and rhythms.

Senior Corina Miller is taking a vocal ensemble called “The Women’s 8.” This ensemble has been practicing for weeks preparing for their performance on Saturday.

“I’m really excited for my ensemble to have an opportunity to perform. We’ve been practicing really hard for a few weeks and I know our hard work will pay off. Nerves can run high but I know we’re well prepared,” Miller said.

Junior Mandi Brown is taking a clarinet trio, clarinet quartet and clarinet solo. She has been taking private lessons to prepare her solo and her ensembles have been practicing several days a week.

“Being well prepared plays a huge role in having a solid performance. Being nervous is really common on performance day and preparing far in advance can give you the rating you want. My ensembles have been working really hard and I’m excited to see our outcome on Saturday,” Brown said.

Along with preparing solos and ensembles for district festival, orchestra has been invited to play at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, March 27th at the first annual KC Classic Festival. Tickets are free and everyone is invited to attend. Tickets are available on the Kauffman Center website. Junior Sam Abuchon is taking a violin solo to district festival and also anticipating his performance at the Kauffman Center.

“I’m looking forward to performing my violin solo on Saturday. I feel really well prepared and I’m excited for the judges to see what I have to offer. I’m looking forward to orchestra’s performance at the Kauffman and believe it’s a great way for the program to gain exposure and performance experience,” Abuchon said.