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Vocalists Superior at Contest


Kingston vocalists Superior at contest
By Jon Dohrer
Kingston Public Schools
DURANT — The Kingston vocal music department posted an impressive showing at district contest last week, bringing home 71 medals
The high school performers garnered 51 total medals at the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association District Vocal Music Solo and Ensemble Contest, scoring Superior ratings on the majority of its entries. Jacy Germany, Regan Stephenson and Lauren Johnson led the way with five Superior ratings each, and Jessica Kretzchmar and Olivia White nabbed four Superior medals each. In all, 20 high school performers earned at least one Superior rating.
Middle school vocalists also fared well, winning Superior ratings for eight solos and one ensemble. Director Gay Lynn Allen said every medal was well deserved.
"They worked so hard for this," Allen said. "They put in many, many hours of their own time practicing and improving, and it shows in the results."
High school performers who earned ratings of Superior (often referred to as "I") will now have the opportunity to compete at the state level April 17-18 at Shawnee. Allen said with continued improvement, all have the ability to earn the coveted state Superior medals.
"I know they can do it," Allen said. "The talent is there — they just have to keep working."
Superintendent Jay McAdams said the strong showing by the vocal department, coupled with the recent success of the instrumental musicians, paints a glowing picture of music education at Kingston.
"It's another example of the achievement Kingston kids are capable of," McAdams said. "I continue to be impressed with our students in all areas, and music is certainly no exception."
High school district results
Large mixed ensemble — Jacy Germany, Rachel Davis, Olivia White, Lauren Johnson, Jessica Kretzchmar, Luke Smith, Tanner Holland, Brady Henderson, Preston Lunsford, Paden Hayes, Robbie Bunger and Jared Hayes performing "Kyrie" by Antonin Dvorák.
Small mixed ensemble — Victoria Hodges, Jacy Germany, Regan Stephenson, Lauren Johnson, Jessica Kretzchmar, Mattison Haydel, Luke Smith, Tanner Holland and Jared Hayes performing "Swing Down Ezekiel" by Greg Gilpin.
Large women's ensemble — Rachel Davis, Carrie Reed, Victoria Hodges, Jasey Kite, Regan Stephenson, Ena Sin, Olivia White, Lauren Johnson, Jessica Kretzchmar and Macy Watts performing "Sigh No More, Ladies" by Sally Albrecht.
Small Women's ensemble — Regan Stephenson, Ena Sin, Jacy Germany, Shelby Cosby, Olivia White, Lauren Johnson, Taylor Williams, Macy Watts and Rachel Davis performing "Your Friend Shall Be the Tall Wind" by Victor Johnson.
Duet —Rachel Davis and Regan Stephenson performing "The Snow Begins to Fall" by Andy Beck.
Solo — Jacy Germany performing "Danny Boy," words by Frederic Weatherly, arranged by Julie Knowles.
Solo — Tanner Holland performing "Go Tell It on the Mountain," traditional, arranged by Patsy Ford Simms.
Solo — Jessica Kretzchmar performing "Amarilli, mia bella," by Giulio Caccini.
Solo — Luke Smith performing "Shenendoah," traditional, arranged by Jay Althouse.
Sol — Regan Stephenson, "Homeward Bound," by Marta Keen
Solo — Olivia White performing "Si mes vers avaient des ailes," by Reynoldo Hahn.
Performers who earned "Excellent" ratings were Robbie Bunger, Shelby Cosby, Rachel Davis, Mattison Haydel, Jared Hayes, Caitlyn Koop, Abbey Schoolfield and Macy Watts.
Middle school district results
Large mixed ensemble — Nate Robinson, Nick Mizell, Austin Grotz, Brady Fox, Kiefer Stewart, Hallie Swearengen, Jade Burch, Kara Denton, Jasey Kite, Christina Hayes and Katy Weldon performing "Shoshone Love Song: Native American Lyric Music" by Roger Emerson.
Solo — Jade Burch "Where Go the Boats" by Dave and Jean Perry.
Solo — Kristina Hayes performing "If" words by Emily Dickinson, music by Mark Petterson.
Solo — Kaitlin Hobbs performing "There's an Air of Joy in the Meadow" by Lynn Shaw Bailey.
Solo — Kirsty Kenedy performing "Send Forth a Song by Mark Patterson.
Solo — Jasey Kite performing "Homeward Bound" by Marta Keen.
Solo  Hallie Swearengen performing "Pie Jesu" by Marcy Pyrtle.
Solo — Harlie Teeter performing "There is a Season" by Berta Poorman.
Solo — Katy Weldon performing "May Sunshine Light Your Way: Irish Blessing," by Jay Althaus.
Vocalists earning "Excellent" ratings were Austin Grotts and Keifer Stewart.
Cutline 1 (larger group)
Kingston High School vocalists earning Superior ratings at district contest were (front) Marcus Burleson, Jacob Patterson, Tanner Holland, Paden Hayes, Luke Smith, Brady Henderson, Jared Hayes, (middle) Lauren Johnson, Ena Sin, Shelby Cosby, Carrie Reid, Corley Thompson, Regan Stephenson, Olivia White, (back) Rachel Davis, Mattison Haydel, Robbie Bunger, Preston Lunsford, Jacy Germany, Victoria Hodges, Jessica Kretzchmar, Macy Watts and Taylor Williams.
Cutline 2
Kingston middle school musicians earning Superior ratings at distriict vocal music contest were (front) Nick Mizell, Hallie Swearengen, Kiefer Stewart, Kaitlin Hobbs, Kristina Hayes, Jasey Kite, (back) Kara Denton, Katy Weldon, Jade Burch, Nate Robinson, Kirsty Kenedy,  Harlie Teeter, Austin Grotz and Brady Fox.
  • Kingston High School vocalists earning Superior ratings at district contest.
  • Kingston Middle School musicians earning Superior ratings at distriict vocal music contest