On February 2, the choir traveled to Bloomington North High School for their district’s Solo and Ensemble. This is an event in which students perform a prepared piece in front of judges and then receive a rating based on their performance. The eleven students from Paoli who attended the event include seventh grader Braydon Crowder; eighth graders Gabby Brown, Mia Stroud and Ryleigh Anderson; freshman Jozalyn Kempf; sophomores Christian Ruth, Chandler Hinton and Libby Padgett; juniors Megan Poe and Summer Ford and senior Jillian Keen.
In order to move on to State Solo and Ensemble, students must first perform a Group 1 piece, which is the most difficult level of music, and receive a gold rating. All four of the Group 1 solos, performed by Anderson, Padgett, Keen and Poe, received gold. The Group 1 quartet with Keen, Padgett, Poe and Hinton also received a gold rating. Due to their success, they will be able to move on to the state competition.
“The weekend was proof that hard work and dedication pay off. Every student put forth their best effort, and they all did very well. I am proud of each and every one of them,” said choir teacher BJ Crowder.
Story by Michael Hannon