PWLMS students take part in festival
Forty-three music students from Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School were performers in the Northern Zone Nevada Music Educator’s Solo and Ensemble festival held at Western Nevada Community College in Carson City last Saturday, Jan. 31.
Each year students have the opportunity to prepare a solo or an ensemble and perform it for students, parents and judges. Judges rate their solo or ensemble as superior, excellent or good. Students compete against other students of the same age. At the end of the day, the judges select the best performers in each division and age bracket for a “command performance.”
Music director Michele Baumann believes that this is one of the most important events that music teachers provide for their students. Students’ musicianship and technique grow tremendously from this experience and it benefits their school music programs as a result. Ensembles require a great deal of concentration because there is usually only one instrument on a part playing against the other instruments, which are playing different notes and rhythms. This is where students really learn to do that musician thing, she said, listening while playing; adjusting pitch, balance and phrasing; making the music blend together into one beautiful piece while still maintaining concentration on the individual part they are playing.
Pau-Wa-Lu had 21 different entries performing on Saturday. Solos were performed by Katie McDole, clarinet; Rose Barrett, violin and flute; Ian Chase, flute; Anthony Janssen, piano; Graham Chase, alto saxophone; Amanda Crandal, voice; Maren Parsons, voice. Other performers included Jason Altig, Chad Blankenship, Billy Bradshaw, Lauren Clark, Rob Coomes, April Crandal, Lindsay Deblose, Nichole Diehl, Ian Dodge, Chris Frueh, Anthony Guiobaldi, Buddy Hewit, Sharon Hoogestraat, Cheyne Jackson, Lizzy Janssen, Steve Kendler, Keith Laird, Renee Leitz, Alia Macquelin, Carol McCloskey, Heather McLeod, Veronica Miller, Heather Murray, Brianna Niichel, Mallory Olney, Ashley Ornellas, Alex Parra, Maren Parsons, Heather Peebles, Samantha Robinson, Beth Schmidt, Konnie Seamons, Brandon Shupe, Jason Smith, Sean Thaler, Melissa Trent and Yuri Weigel.
As if these students weren’t busy enough, five PWLMS students made High School Honor Band and Choir. These students are Anthony Janssen, Randy Cox, Amanda Crandal, Maren Parsons and Melissa Trent. They will perform at Pau-Wa-Lu with the honor groups on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. Pau-Wa-Lu Music Boosters will be selling baked goods to raise money for the music department’s trip to the “Music in the Parks” festival at Great America in May.
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