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GSL choirs, bands earn superior ratings at large-group contests

On Wednesday, March 15, four music ensembles from Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) High School participated in the State-Section Large Group Contest at Comfrey High School. These ensembles are under the direction of Peter Gepson (band) and Kay Wilson (choir).
The GSL SA Singers (ninth and 10th-grade soprano/alto choir), performed two selections — “Alleluja” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and “Zion’s Walls” by Aaron Copland. Vicky Harris accompanied the choir. The SA Singers received a unanimous “Superior Rating” from the three judges with scores of 35, 35 and 36. The ensemble was praised for their singers’ confidence, mature sound, clear diction, overall appearance, attention to dynamics, expressiveness and poise.
The GSL Concert Choir (ninth- through 12th-grade soprano, alto, tenor, bass mixed choir), performed “Salvation is Created” by P. Tschesnokoff and “Hold Me, Rock Me” by Brian Tate. It received a unanimous “Superior Rating” with scores of 36, 36 and 38. Comments from the judges included: “Great clear focused tone, excellent diction, great intonation, good musicianship, and very expressive choir.”
Only three of the 10 choirs performed Level I pieces, which is the most difficult category for music — GSL SA Singers, GSL Concert Choir and the Minnesota Valley Lutheran Choir.
The Symphonic Band performed “Big Four March” by Karl King and “On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss” by David Holsinger. The panel of three judges awarded scores of 35, 37, and 37 for a unanimous “Superior” rating.  Judge’s comments included: “Good tonal support,” “Good sense of weight, clarity, and contrast” and “Really fun to hear you play well!”
The Concert Band performed “March of the Belgian Paratroopers” by Pierre Leemans and “First Suite in E-flat” by Gustav Holst. The three judges awarded it scores of  36, 38, and a perfect score of 40 for an overall unanimous “Superior” rating.  Their comments included, “Really a nice contest for you today,” “Super technique evident” and “Nice bassoon!” (bassoon soloist was Leah Bettcher).
The next performances of the GSL High School Music Department are the April 1  Solo/Ensemble Contest at MSU-Mankato, the April 4 Jazz Concert/FFA Porkchop Dinner and the April 9 Jazz I performance at Famous Dave’s in Minneapolis.