Hickman High School State Festival Results - Large Ensemble

At the State Large Ensemble Competition OnThursday, March 19th, all eight of the ensembles representing Hickman High School received '1' ratings, the highest possible rating awarded by the adjudicators.  These include three bands, three choirs and two orchestras - a first for the school!  

The directors of these groups are (left to right): Denis Swope, head band director; Margaret Lawless, orchestra; Robin Steinhaus, choir; Tom Sweeney, assistant band director.

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Rock Bridge District Festival Results

Band

On Saturday, March 21, members from the Rock Bridge bands performed at District Solo & Ensemble Festival.  Overall, we received:
 
18 ‘1’ Ratings
16 ‘2’ Ratings
2 ‘3’ Ratings
 
Those receiving the ‘1’ Ratings will be participating in State on April 29.  Attached are those that participated and their ratings.

Choir

State Large Ensemble Festival
Congratulations RB Choirs!!!
Concert Choir, Women's Chorus and Men's Chorus all received unanimous "I" (Exemplary) scores in performance and sightsinging!!
 
District Solo/Small Ensemble Festival
Congratulations RB Soloists and Ensemble members!!

Exemplary "I" Ratings
Vocal Solos: Catherine Ryberg, Sydney Hemwall, Madi Mertz, Sarah Freyermuth, Andrea Baker,
Christian Henry, Emily Mertens, Sarah Merrifield, Caroline Kaiser, Brooke Matthews
Ensembles: CC Girls Miscellaneous Ensemble, MC Boys Trio, CC Girls Double Quartet, CC Mixed Double Quartet, CC Boys Double Quartet, WC Girls Sextet 1

Outstanding "II" Ratings
Vocal/Piano Solos: Madeline Inslee, Anna Inslee, Sean Garfias, Sarah Freyermuth (piano), Ethan Forte, Mattie Monsees
Ensembles: MC Boys Sextet, WC Girls Sextet 2

Orchestra

The Rock Bridge Orchestras attended the Battle High School Music Festival on March 11th.  The Concert Orchestra received a “two” rating and the Chamber Orchestra received a “one” rating.
 
Nine orchestra students took solos or small ensembles to the District Music Festival on March 21st and all received a “one” rating and all will be going on to participate in the State Music Festival.  

Students include:
 
Emerald Quartet:  Helen Keithahn, Betsy Schlimme, Trentynne Davis, Ethan Forte
Gold Quartet: Alice Yu, Amy Gu, Joanna Yu, Stephanie Kang
Yu Duet:  Alice Yu, Joanna Yu
Solos:  Emily Reynolds, Ethan Forte, and Helen Keithahn 

Rock Bridge Show Choir Grand Champions

RBHS Show Choir results from Pleasant Hill “Battle of the Best” Festival
You can say that we have certainly “blasted off” into the show choir competition season in a big way (pun intended)!!  Yesterday was awesome for so many reasons!  Obviously, the placements and caption awards that were so very hard earned and deserved were truly incredible!  What I am most proud of and inspired by is the teamwork and wide spread support I witnessed by all of our students for each other and many of the other choirs and students!  We solved problems in such intelligent, collaborative ways – use of a cameo, off-stage soloist for a regular soloist without a voice, completely omitted props in finals when they wouldn’t fit, realized mistakes and inconveniences in setup and found quick and effective fixes, helped the host school with their gym teardown, supported ailing fellow choir members and stepped in to fill their show spots, and on and on!  These are the signs of true champions that will last much longer than the many plastic replicas we made it home with.

Satin N Lace    

Prelims: Best Opener, Best Costumes, Best Show Design, Best Female Performer (Leslie Walker), 1st in B Division (1st overall in the PAC)  Finals: Best Stage Crew (shared), 3rd Place Overall!!!
City Lights

Prelims: Best Ballad, Best Show Design, 2nd in 5A Division (2nd overall in the Gym)
Finals: Best Vocals, Best Choreography, Best Diction, Best Band, Best Stage Crew (shared), and…..Grand Champion!!

Budding Musicians Try Out Instruments

Fifth-graders and their parents flocked Thursday to Gentry Middle School, where the kids tried out instruments and enrolled in sixth-grade band and orchestra.

Coinciding with the event, Bright Futures Columbia accepted donations of instruments for students whose families might not be able to afford them.

People were posted at each station to assist and instruct students in proper technique. James Melton, Columbia Public Schools’ fine arts coordinator, said the instructors were from several schools and included students from the University of Missouri and recent high school graduates.

Ethan Wampler, a 10-year-old Rock Bridge Elementary School student, was trying out the tuba.

He said he already had tested the baritone and trombone. The trumpet and French horn also were on his list to try. He said he wanted to try them all before he decided which was his favorite.

“I think it will be great for his learning,” said Ethan’s dad, Ryan Wampler, of his son’s musical interest. Wampler said he never played an instrument but that the whole family loves music.

Kate Friedman, also 10 and from Rock Bride Elementary, tried the cello. She was there with her parents, Steve and Marianne Friedman, and little brother, William.

“I liked it a lot,” Kate said of the cello. “I like the sound it makes; it’s kind of a low sound. It was fun.”

She said she had tried the violin and wanted to test the trumpet and saxophone.

“They try to match the child to the instrument,” Marianne Friedman added.

Nicholas Holman, 11, a student at Fairview Elementary School, was in line in a noisy hallway to try the French horn with his mother, Tiffany Holman.

He said he already had tried the percussion instruments but also wanted to try the clarinet, which school officials said at the beginning of the event was in big demand in the band and orchestra.

“I think this opportunity is giving him the chance to see if there’s an interest or not,” Tiffany Holman said.

Ben Tilley, CPS assistant superintendent for elementary education, and Meagan Schaffner, special projects director for the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, staffed the Bright Futures table, where several instrument donations came in.

Ruth Wright brought in two flutes her daughter played.

“It’s nice to pass it on so somebody who can’t afford it can have the same great experience,” Wright said.

Angie Hull donated a clarinet.

“I realized I wasn’t playing it anymore,” Hull said.

Melton said musical instruments’ cost can be an obstacle for many families, which is why Bright Futures is so valuable.

“You just never know who the next budding musician is going to be if you don’t give them the opportunity,” Melton said.

The Strike Up the Band Campaign will accept donated instruments again from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Lange Middle School, 2201 E. Smiley Lane, coinciding with band and orchestra enrollment night there.

Original Article - Columbia Tribune - Roger Mckinney

Original Photos - Columbia Tribune - Daniel Brenner

CPS orchestra teacher Margaret Lawless assists West Boulevard Elementary student Malaya Givens, 11, in playing the viola Thursday while Keya Patel, 10, plays in the background at a band and orchestra enrollment night at Gentry Middle School. It was Malaya’s first time playing an instrument. 

CPS orchestra teacher Margaret Lawless assists West Boulevard Elementary student Malaya Givens, 11, in playing the viola Thursday while Keya Patel, 10, plays in the background at a band and orchestra enrollment night at Gentry Middle School. It was Malaya’s first time playing an instrument. 

University of Missouri masters student Meredith Hammer instructs Jhon McBride, 11, on how to play the trumpet at one of the Columbia Public Schools' sixth grade band and orchestra enrollment nights Thursday at Gentry Middle School. Jhon has played the piano and violin in the past. 

University of Missouri masters student Meredith Hammer instructs Jhon McBride, 11, on how to play the trumpet at one of the Columbia Public Schools' sixth grade band and orchestra enrollment nights Thursday at Gentry Middle School. Jhon has played the piano and violin in the past. 

Nick Kovaleski, 10, attempts to play the baritone at one of the Columbia Public Schools' sixth grade band and orchestra enrollment nights Thursday at Gentry Middle School. He has played the piano and the ukulele in the past. 

Nick Kovaleski, 10, attempts to play the baritone at one of the Columbia Public Schools' sixth grade band and orchestra enrollment nights Thursday at Gentry Middle School. He has played the piano and the ukulele in the past. 

Keller Shelton, left, assists Daniel Benedetti, 10, in playing the baritone at one of the Columbia Public Schools' sixth grade band and orchestra enrollment nights Thursday at Gentry Middle School. This was Daniel's first time playing an instrument. 

Keller Shelton, left, assists Daniel Benedetti, 10, in playing the baritone at one of the Columbia Public Schools' sixth grade band and orchestra enrollment nights Thursday at Gentry Middle School. This was Daniel's first time playing an instrument. 

Hickman High School Students Achieve Success at Columbia College Art Show

Congratulations to the following students whose artwork placed in the Columbia College high school art show. 


2nd Place in Sculpture/Ceramics - Allyson Kasper
1st Place in Sculpture/Ceramics - Hannah Paten
1st Place in Mixed Media/Printmaking – Cayley Bledsoe
1st Place in Drawing/Painting – Sarah Meadows
And Best of Show winner Isolde Finney


All these work can be seen at Hickman High School. Come check out all the participants artwork this week in the north entrance display case.

Battle Students at 10th Annual Columbia College High School Art Show

This weekend the 10th annual Columbia College High School art competition hosted a reception this past weekend..  Congratulations to Karissa Brickey for winning 3rd place in photography and Jessica Tonyan, whose work was selected for the publicity poster.  This was the largest show ever, with close to 200 pieces from all over mid-Missouri.


A great source of Spartan pride was the turn out of students to the event.  At least 16 students Overheard were engaged conversations about the display and the individual works.


This certainly was a phenomenal cultural event!

Jessica Tonyan

Jessica Tonyan

Karissa Brickey

Karissa Brickey

Rock Bridge Students All State Band Announcement

Congratulations to the follow Rock Bridge band students for being selected to the All-State Bands:

All State Band and Honorable Mention Band
Emily Vu, 3rd Chair Alto Saxophone, All-State Band
Stephanie Stanley, 8th Chair Trombone, All-State Band
Matt Hoeppner, 2nd Chair Flute, All-State Band
Emily Franke, 9th Chair Flute, All-State Band

Allie Rogers, 1st Chair Horn Honorable Mention All-State Band
Matt Orf, 3rd Chair Trombone Honorable Mention All-State Band
Richard Shang, 2nd Alternate Percussion Option 2, All-State Band

All State Jazz Band and Honerable Mention Jazz Band
Aaron McCray, 5th Chair Trumpet All-State Jazz Band

Mickey Jamieson, Bass Honorable Mention All-State Jazz Band
Martin Shapiro, Piano Alternate All-State Jazz Band