Fine-tuned choirs, bands receive accolades
Lansing choir and band members have been heating up the contest circuit at the middle- and high-school levels, earning high ratings at the Kaw Valley League and regional competitions.
The seventh- and eighth-grade choirs each earned a 1 rating and were the only choirs to do so at the KVL festival April 5 at Lansing Middle School.
The adjudicator for the event, William Krusemark, chair of fine arts and professor of music at the University of Saint Mary, had high praises for the Lansing students, LMS choir director Sherri Schwanz said.
Schwanz said Krusemark, who is a cantor at a Jewish temple, was impressed with the eighth-grade choir's performance of "Ose Shalom," which is sung in Hebrew.
"He said they did a very nice job with Hebrew for not having someone who knew the language to work with," Schwanz said. Krusemark also said the seventh-grade choir's piece "Pie Jesu" was his favorite of the day, according to Schwanz.
The seventh- and eighth-grand bands competed in their own KVL festival April 11 at LMS, and, like the choirs, earned 1 ratings.
The bands did well, but LMS band director Becky Harris, who played host to the event, said she also was impressed with the LMS Tri-M music honor society students who helped the event run smoothly.
The Lansing High School band and choir students also have been in action, competing at various regional competitions and garnering accolades all the while.
LHS choir director Jonnie Brice said LHS band and choir students together earned 99 medals at regional competitions, and 66 of those students will be going to the state competition April 29 in Newton.
At the regional solos and small ensembles competition April 8 in Baldwin City, five band soloists and two ensembles earned a trip to the state competition.
Soloists were Edwin Fluevog, trombone; Adam New, snare drum; Gary Cotton, alto saxophone; Matt Fischer, alto saxophone; and Ricky Walter, clarinet.
Ensembles were the trumpet trio of Sean Wooley, Alex Martinez and Phillip Johnson and a brass quintet of Wooley, Martinez, Johnson, Fluevog and Guy Gardner.
In choir, five out of eight LHS small ensembles will proceed to state competition. Four soloists, Fischer, Brandon Mills, Rachelle Moss and Elizabeth Cristiano, also will perform at state.
At the regional large ensemble competition April 12 in Gardner, the bands faced stiff competition, LHS band director Luke Johnson said. The symphonic band earned a 2 rating, and the concert band received a 3 rating.
The freshman select and concert choirs each earned a 2 rating at the regional contest.
The LHS band and choir each will perform a final concert next month.
The choir concert will be at 7 p.m. May 3, and the band concert will be at 7 p.m. May 9; both concerts will be in Earl W. Johnsmeyer Gymnasium.
The LMS choirs and bands next perform at the Fine Arts Fair on May 10 at the school. The fair begins at 5 p.m., and the concert begins at 7 p.m.