Congratulations to our
Olympia Middle School Chorus who received a Division I or Superior
rating at the IGSMA Organizational Music Competition on Saturday,
February 27th at Normal Community West High School. The
students now have the opportunity to advance to the IGSMA State
Organizational Music Competition !
Several Chorus students also participated in the IGSMA Solo and Ensemble
Competition on Saturday February 20th at Chiddix Junior High School.
Thirteen students prepared solos for the competition. Bea Harbaugh,
Ellie Highsmith, Jazmyn Szadkowski-Natschke, Emma Kindred, Danika Ford,
Justin Olson, Jake Cheeseman, Hadley Fudge, Linnea Kerr-Dennhardt, and
Madelyn Wheeler all received a Superior or Division I rating. Angelica
Greenwood, Sarah Driver, and Gavin Wilhoit received an Excellent or
Division II rating.
There were also five vocal
ensembles competing at the competition. The boy ensemble of Cayden
Compton, Tyler Stone, Justin Olson, Jake Cheeseman, Gavin Wilhoit, and
Aidan Horoky received a Division I rating for their rousing rendition of
The Knight and the Dragon words by Kathleen Black and music
written by Audrey Snyder. Two seventh grade girl ensembles also received
a Division I rating. Singing the plaintive melody of Redbird
with words by Sara Teasedale and music by Sandra Howard was Hadley
Fudge, Ragean Woollen, Rebekah Magee, Michaela Walczer, Kiley Weaver,
and Madianna Martinez. The angelic Evening Prayer from the
opera “Hansel and Gretel” was sung by Madison Benson, Madelyn Wheeler,
Jaclyn Donaldson, Julianna Birkey, and Ellie Highsmith. Our eighth grade
girl ensembles were Shannon Harmon, Brinley Mars, Danika Ford, and
Angelica Greenwood singing the American Folksong Shenandoah arranged by Laura Farnell and a triple quartet singing I Lift My Eyes
comprised of Sarah Kingston, Linnea Kerr-Dennhardt, Jazmyn
Szadkowski-Natschke, Esther Birkey, Emma Kindred, Bea Harbaugh, Josie
Litwiller, Grace Melick, Danika Ford, Madison Carter, and Carson
These students are under the direction of Mrs. Aurelius-Muir, the Olympia choral director.