District News

Friday, May 5th, 2017
Members of the Jackson Hole High School Band, Choir and Orchestra recently earned a long list of honors at the Wyoming Music Educators Association Southwest District Music Festival held at JHHS on April 26-28. This festival also included high school music students from Big Piney, Cokeville, Evanston, Kemmerer, Lyman, Mountain View, Pinedale and Star Valley.

Each group at the festival was adjudicated and given a final rating based on several different categories such as tone, intonation, rhythm, interpretation, balance/blend and technique as well as non-musical elements of the performance such as stage deportment, appropriate attire, etc. Immediately following their performance, each band, orchestra and choir also received a short clinic from one of the adjudicators. Adjudicators for this year's festival were music faculty members from University of Wyoming.

The JHHS Concert Band received their fifth consecutive Superior rating for their performance. Band Director Pete Closson says "We knew that with university professors judging our performance, we really had to up our game. And that's exactly what the band members did." Closson added, "They really rose to the occasion!"

The JHHS Concert Choir performed three very difficult a cappella songs for their judges, and received scores of 28 and 31 out of 35 possible points, earning them an overall rating of Excellent. Choir Director Jens Gade says "We are very pleased with this result, as the material the kids performed is consistently performed by collegiate and all-state groups around the country." Gade added "The students worked very hard to pull off this difficult repertoire, and they performed it very well."

The JHHS Concert Orchestra earned a Superior rating for their outstanding performance at the festival. Orchestra Director Vince Gutwein said "We were the first group to perform at the festival, so we really wanted to start things off right. Our students raised the bar thanks to our principal violinist Anna Campbell and bass section led by Adam Meadows." Gutwein was extremely proud of all of the students, and praised his group by saying "I was so impressed by how well the students worked together and played as an ensemble. Everyone in the group contributed, and every section did a remarkable job."

In addition to full-group performances, some students also performed as soloists or in small ensembles.

Band members who performed in this part of the festival include senior trombonist Elizabeth Chambers who received a Superior rating for her solo. Sophomore Jamison Peacock, who plays clarinet in the band, also earned a Superior rating for performing a piano solo.

Choir members who performed solos or ensembles include Esmeralda Carrillo-Flores, who received a rating of excellent on her vocal solo. A quartet consisting of Emma Detrick, Rosalie Daval, Gabriela Muschaweck, and Mila Centrella received a rating of Superior on their small vocal ensemble. Kyler Arriola received a rating of Superior on his vocal solo performance, and Emma Detrick received a rating of Excellent on her vocal solo performance.

The JHHS Chamber Orchestra (Anna Campbell Emma Mayer, Trinity Crossland, Nova Lopez, Hannah Dunlop, Sawyer Lucas Griffin, Jake Todd, Kyler Arriola, Adam Meadows) also received a Superior rating as did the Cello Ensemble. Other orchestra members who earned Superior ratings were Jake Todd, cello solo; Sawyer Lucas-Griffin, viola solo and Caroline Monroe, violin solo. Ratings of Excellent were received by Kyler Arriola, cello solo and Trinity Crossland and Nova Lopez, violin duet.

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