With 58 schools and approximately 2,800 students, the largest Music Fest ever was held on the Fayette campus of Central Methodist University. All music students and faculty of the Swinney Conservatory of Music were on hand to make sure everything ran smoothly.
As in the past, musicians participating were rotated onto and off campus during all day Friday, March 4, with a few groups performing on Thursday evening, March 3. The Music Fest is a juried event that helps students get experience and also prepare for upcoming district and state music contests.
Groups participating included soloists in voice and instruments, small ensembles, full choirs, bands, and orchestras. Students entered included 6th graders, middle and high schoolers.
Individuals and groups as judged could be awarded a top score of “1” down to a low score of “4.” Students were also allowed to enter for comments only without a score given, especially popular with students who were competing for the first time.
Several Community R-VI students received a “1” or “2” at the event.
Leading the vocal performers were Bethany Schmidt and Megan Kuda, who both received a “1” rating.
The Community R-VI Choir, under the direction of Eva Eikel, earned a “2” rating.
In the band competition, the Community R-VI Concert Band received a “2” rating under the direction of Band Director Rose Wilburn.
In woodwinds, Damion Eckler earned a “2” with the clarinet.
Morgan Dry got a “2” with the flute while the flute trio of Madison Stone, Molly-Claire Mays, and Ally Troesser also received a “2” rating.
Kody Isgrig earned a “2” rating in percussion (timpani).
The Community R-VI 6th grade band was led by Lachlen Elsey earning a “1” rating with the flute and Kylee Gentry earning a “2” rating with the clarinet.