Lake Zurich Middle School North band, orchestra, and chorus students participated in the annual IGSMA Solo & Ensemble Contest, on Saturday, Feb 9. This year’s contest was hosted at Deerpath Middle School in Lake Forest. Sixteen schools participated, with over 1,000 pieces being performed.
When the students arrived at Deerpath Middle School, they were greeted by hundreds of other student musicians from schools in the northwest suburbs. Performances were held in classrooms with a judge, who rated students on intonation, rhythm, stage presentation, and musicianship. Middle School North students did an outstanding job as they performed music they had been perfecting in their sectional classes over the last several months.
The enthusiasm of the students was clearly evident as they began to return from their performances with high scores. As has been the tradition, Middle School North did very well. Twelve band students earned perfect scored events, 71 earned first place (“Superior”) ratings, and 24 earned second place (“excellent”) ratings. The orchestra students came home with 3 students achieving perfect scored events, 46 earning first place ratings and 22 earning second place ratings. Twenty-five chorus students earned first place ratings, and 4 earned second place ratings. Congratulations to all the hardworking band, orchestra, and chorus students.
The following students earned perfect scores at contest. From MSN Band: CJ Byrd (2), Marilou Cameron, Danielle Fewkes, Kyle Grenier, Anna Johnson, Joey Lesus (2), Andie Rossiter, Harrison Smith (2), and Mackenzie Weider.
Many congratulations to the fine musicians from MSN who worked so hard to prepare for the Solo & Ensemble Contest, and who are testaments to the many years of success of District 95 music programs.
Congratulations also go out to these Elementary North Orchestra students who earned perfect scores: Eden Kosiorek and Suzie Maniak.