Shadow Ridge High School students attended the Arizona Music Educators Association Solo and Ensemble Festival Jan. 15.
The Stallions had a huge showing as 48 students participated in the event with 15 students earning ‘Superior’ ratings and 21 students earning ‘Excellent’ ratings.
The Solo and Ensemble Festival is an opportunity for the students to demonstrate personal performance. The students spend hours in rehearsal and preparation for the performance.
The rubric covers four major domains. Music is selected and reviewed with the director and then it’s up to them to practice and prepare.
Among those receiving Superior ratings include:
Piano: Yume Takahashi and Nana Takahashi
Voice Soloists: Adelle Boxberger, Olivia Eames, Lucas Morais, Makaylynn Nimmer, Shane Potts, Shyla Seara, Seane Garra, Kamryn Meiner and Alexandra Richardson (perfect score)
Large Ensembles: Stellar FX and Equinox Choir groups.
“Even though many shared the day was stressful and nerve wracking, they were ready to review and compete again,” said Caryl Gough Queen, Shadow Ridge choral director. “The resilience of the students and beauty of their performances inspired chaperones and parents.”
The Superior rating advances the students into Tier 2 of the competition where they will audition for selection in the All State Honor Festival held in March.
The Arizona Music Educators Association was established in 1939 as a cooperative effort of music educators. Since that time, the association has become affiliated with the National Association for Music Education and was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in 1983.
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