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Where Words Fade In Time Music is Everlasting

By Staff | May 15, 2015

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”- Plato. This love of music was apparent at the 2015 NDHSAA State Class B Music Festival was held Saturday, May 2 at Bismarck State College. Jill Bergstedt and Andrew Miller served as festival managers. The NDHSAA State Class B Festival includes vocal and instrumental solos and ensembles including up to 12 participants per entry. Judges heard over 830 entries involving 1,434 participants. Each judge had the opportunity to grant one Outstanding Performer award from the entries adjudicated during the day.

Rugby Outstanding Performers included: Vocal entries who received a star rating: Zachary Miller – vocal solo, Zachary Miller and Emily Stier – vocal duet, and Maria Mack and Elizabeth Skjelver – vocal duet.

The following vocal entries received an excellent rating (rating below a star): Emily Stier – vocal solo, Alissa Volk, Christine Vetsch, Emily Stier, Sara Stier, Elizabeth Skjelver, Kassi Jorgenson, Erica Parsons, Hannah Hoffert, Zachary Miller, Jacob Berginski, Johnathan Mueller, and Spencer Alefteras – mixed ensemble.

The following instrumental entries received a star rating: Karin Selland – flute solo, ReeAnn Christianson – flute solo, ReeAnn Christianson, Karin Selland, Breanna Thompson, Tristin Lunde, and Jacquelyn Blessum – flute quintet, Maria Mack – oboe solo, Lauren Kraft, Allyson Kleespie, & Madalyn Pretzer – clarinet trio, Nolan Hovland, Jacob Berginski, Lucas Antonson, & Kaitlyn Boucher – trumpet quartet, Helen Johnson & Allison Foster – French Horn duet, Darby Deckert, Thor Skjelver, Anders Johnson, & Landen Foster – trombone quartet, Darby Deckert – trombone solo, and Kyle Lashman – tuba solo

The following instrumental entries received a star rating: Kaitlyn Boucher – trumpet solo, and Kade Leier – snare drum solo.

Kari Hill, Rugby’s Band & HS Choir Director commented when asked how she felt about this year’s competition, “I couldn’t be more proud of my students. In music competitions you only get one chance to qualify for state. Needless to say, it’s very competitive and the stakes are high. Plus the judges are only allowed to give stars at regional contest to 20% of the entries …….no matter how many entries they believe deserve to go on to the state competition.” Director Hill further stated, “I’m lucky because I get to see the progress that my students make from the first day that they begin working on a piece to when they perform it at competition. I know how far they’ve come and how well they can perform it. ” Director Hill continued. “However, It is heartbreaking for me when a judge doesn’t see them perform the way I have in practice. All of my students that competed at the regional and state competitions represented Rugby extremely well, and they should be proud of the beautiful music they have created!”

We asked some of the Rugby students who participated in this year’s state event what music meant to them. Anders Johnson shared “Music is something I can use to put life’s hardships behind me, and is something I enjoy doing. Lucas Antonson said, ” To me, music is a way to express that which is difficult to express with words. It’s also just a lot of fun, especially when you get to work with other people.” Kade Leier commented, ” I see music as a unique form of education unlike anything else offered in high school. To me, learning and understanding music is a life – long skill that will benefit me, not just in high school, but for the rest of my life as well.” Tristin Lunde told us, ” Music means a lot to me. It’s a different language. You can understand things in a different way through music.” Erica Parsons commented, ” Music just isn’t one thing to me it’s everything. There is influence of music in everything, so how can it mean just one thing – it means sorrow, hope, love, and happiness.” And, Johnathan Mueller said, “Music is freedom, music means being able to express talent in many different ways. You get to tell a story to your listeners whether it’s about sailing, the sea, loving another or hardships. Music is my passion and I love to tell stories though music.

These students have displayed wisdom beyond their years, all deserve a standing ovation.

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