Music Program Students Prepare for Solo & Ensemble Competition
On Saturday, February 12th, numerous students in CHS music programs will perform and compete in District Ten Solo & Ensemble Festival, known to them simply as “Solo & Ensemble.” Whether in choir or orchestra, these musicians are typically afforded the opportunity each year to practice and perform a piece, either individually or in a group.
The purpose of this challenge is to be evaluated by a judge on a scale from 1-5, with 1 being the highest. Students that earn a rating of 1 or 2 are eligible for a medal, and those who earn a 1, or the “Superior” score, qualify for State Solo & Ensemble to continue competing with other student musicians across Michigan.
After the past two school years of cancellations and missed opportunities to the COVID-19 pandemic, students are hoping to seize the moment and advance their musical journey, even in the face of persistent obstacles. The optimism of such students is reflected in their excitement to embrace the challenge.
Lydia Sowerby, a senior violinist in the Chamber Orchestra, said “This year I am so excited to be doing Solo and Ensemble. My friend and I are performing a beautiful Bach concerto for two violins together that really showcases how our musicianship has grown throughout this year.” She went on to note that “I’ve been performing at solo and ensemble since I was in 7th grade and have done it as a tradition since.”
Similarly, choir student Taryn Briones, a junior, said “I am excited to do Solo and Ensemble because it gives me the opportunity to embrace and better my vocal abilities.” His reasoning behind committing to the competition was “to not only show [his] musicality, but also represent the choir program on behalf of [his] school and community.”