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THS music students do well in IHSA fine arts competition

THS Student Musicians Perform Well


(TAYLORVILLE) — This trio of Taylorville High School musicians won the award for “Best of the Day” at the IHSA State Solo and Ensemble Contest held at Central A & M High School in Moweaqua on Mar. 7. Members of the group are, from left, Tripp Pelichoff, bass; Lydia Hopkins, drums; and Erica Edwards, flute. 

TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville High School instrumental and vocal music students performed at the IHSA State Solo and Ensemble Contest on Saturday, Mar. 4, at Central A&M High School. At this event, student musicians perform as a solo musician or as a small ensemble (duet, trio, quartet) and are adjudicated by music professionals on their instrument or voice. Evaluated performances are given classifications of Superior – outstanding in nearly every detail; Excellent – contains only minor defects; Good – lacks interpretation; Fair – shows basic weakness; and Poor – unsatisfactory.

The ensemble of Erica Edwards, flute; Tripp Pelichoff, bass; Lydia Hopkins, drums; and accompanist Mrs. Cindy Enzor received the “Best of the Day” Award, as well as a Superior rating, as the best performance heard by the judge in their performance area.

Other THS musicians who received Superior ratings are: Paige Cunnington, piano solo; Erica Edwards, flute solo; Evan Allen, Savannah Branford and Lydia Hopkins, percussion ensemble; Lauren Peabody, vocal solo; Lillie Jones, clarinet solo; Kai Albright and Justin Champley, saxophone duet; Natalie Cook, Erica Edwards and Ella Goodman, flute trio; Daniel Garrison, vocal solo; Rhyker Wicks and Paige Cunnington, trumpet duet; Savannah Sorrells, vocal solo; Adrian Gonzalez- Mateos, saxophone solo; and Erica Edwards, piano solo.

THS musicians receiving Excellent ratings are: Mylie Corso, oboe solo; Riley Elam, Madilyn Elam and Lucas Carnahan, tuba & euphonium ensemble; Ella Hohenstein, string bass solo; Lukas Cottingham and Sophia Thomas, saxophone duet; Karissa Alsbury, Kendra Durbin and Pyro Kime, vocal ensemble; Savannah Branford, Riley Elam, Kendra Durin and Rhyker Wicks, vocal ensemble; Savannah Sorrells, Lauren Peabody and Hailey Brandt, vocal ensemble. THS musicians who received a Good rating are: Laney Norbeck, Emma Birge and Emma Eyer, clarinet trio.


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