tSulphur Springs High School will be sending 22 choir students to the State Solo & Ensemble Contest in May. Overall, 58 students from SSHS auditioned at the Regional Solo & Ensemble Contest held Feb. 20-21 at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
“We will be taking the largest group to state the choir has taken in many years. We will be taking twice as many kids to state this year than advanced last year,” said Sulphur Springs High School Choir Director Aaron Lovelady. “I am very proud of their hard work and determination to achieve these results.”
In order to advance to the state contest, soloists must sing a Class One solo from memory and receive a 1st Division rating for that solo. Ensembles must sing a Class One ensemble and receive a 1st Division rating for the ensemble.
The 14 soloists advancing to the state meet are: Sabrina Barker, Caleb Brown, Kelsey Brown, Katelyn Cody, Kendall Eckert, Taylor Hale, Cassie Long, Emily Mason, Colton Newkirk, Bailee Petty, Kristin Ramsey, Tiffany Stenger, Alissa Welch and Brittney Woolley.
Three ensembles, consisting of a total of 17 students, will be advancing to the state contest on May 30.
“We had 22 soloists out of the 58 members and 54 ensemble members out of the 58. There were a total of 14 different ensembles that participated in the contest from our school. As you can tell many of the kiddos did a solo and were in an ensemble,” said Lovelady.
The state bound mixed madrigal ensemble included: Caleb Brown, Kelsey Brown, Taylor Hale, Ashlyn Landers, Cassie Long, Seth Maeker, Kadi Moore, Colton Newkirk, Kristin Ramsey and Kade Wimberly. The two remaining ensembles headed for Austin for the state meet are the treble ensemble made up of Erin Echols, Samantha Owens, Olyvia Watson and the treble ensemble of Jalie Eppars, Emily Mason and Alissa Welch.
Lovelady credits Sandra Klein for a large part of the students’ successes this year.
“Voice lesson teacher Sandra Klein has been working with many of the soloists since the beginning of school to achieve these results,” the SSHS choir director noted.
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