On March 10, Aitkin High School music students of choir director Kelly Blake and band director Chris Halvorson were at the Minnesota State High School League Large Group/Solo/Ensemble Section/State Contest held at UMD.

Students have been rehearsing a solo/ensemble piece for months to be judged at contest. To receive a superior rating, the score must be 35-40 points, excellent rating: 28-34 points, good rating: 22-27 points. Performers are rated on a five-point scale with the following performance factors: tone quality, intonation, rhythm, balance/blend, technique, interpretation/musicianship, diction -vocal, execution-percussion, and other performance factors.


The concert choir received three superior ratings.

The madrigals received a superior rating, as did the “Fists of Fury” handbell choir.

Soloists who received a superior include:dBrett Bosserman, Maddie Buisman, Alana Huppert, Chloe Palkie, Hannah Paulbeck, Esme Pool, Woody Rian, Jorde Rinta and Sam Sadlowsky.

Duet pairs who received a superior were Esme Pool and Kayla Van Santen, Martin Henke and Royce Cramer, Breena Burgstaler and Alana Huppert, Woody Rian and Alaina Hagestuan, and Joe Cummings and Sam Sadlowsky.

A trio comprised of Layton Carlson, Lucas Moen and Anton Roettele also received a superior.

A quartet comprised of Joe Cummings, Woody Rian, Anton Roettele and Sam Sadlowsky received a superior as well.

Duet Lucas Moen and Emma Thompson, and trio Brett Bosserman, Thomas Gustin and Jezriel Houser, received an excellent rating.

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