|The results for the Regional Music Festival held at Oberlin on April 1 were I ratings for the Trego Singers and the Girls Ensemble. Soloists who received I ratings were Austin Cramer, Grace' Glatz, Brenna Flax, and Libby Frost. Soloists receiving II ratings were Sean Conness, Codi Bliss, and Autumn Maskrid. Those with I ratings will go on to the State Music Festival (for 2A entries) at Kansas Wesleyan in Salina on Saturday, April 29. Kathy Jamison commented, “I would like to thank them all for their hard work and good singing!”|
Choir President Kacie Dunn welcomed the crowd and the show opened with a vocal and piano performance by Brenna Flax of “Lost Boy” recorded by Ruth B.
Next, Jayden Goff and Autumn Maskrid sang a duet of “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. Other duets included Kitty Gallant and Maskrid singing “The Sound of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel, Sean Conness and Austin Cramer with “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson, and Codi Bliss and Grace Glatz performed “I Got the Boy” by Jana Cramer.
Solos included Austin Cramer performing “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” by Russell & Scott, Sybil Giefer singing “Over the Rainbow,” by Judy Garland, Codi Bliss singing “Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain” by the Judds, Bryn Hafliger singing “You’ll Be In My Heart” by Phil Collins, “Piece by Piece” by Kelly Clarkson was sung by Grace Glatz, Lexus Haxton performed “Piano Man” by Billy Joel, and Kacie Dunn sang Lady Gaga’s song, “Million Reasons.”
The senior choir members, Kassidy Chase, Sean Conness, Kacie Dunn, Alyssa Hafliger, Bryn Hafliger, Alex Haxton, Lexus Haxton, Josie Molitor, and Cheyenne Nickelson performed “I’m a Believer” by Smash Mouth.
Then the Girls’ Ensemble gave a moving performance of “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten and the Trego Singers performed a 70’s Medley.
To end the show, the whole choir joined the stage to perform “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond, which they dedicated to Carl Mohler, and a tribute to Bon Jovi was the finale.
|Sybil Giefer and Libby Frost participated in the state piano contest on February 18 after qualifying at regionals on February 4.|
By Helen Giefer
Two piano performers from Trego participated in the regional piano contest on February 4. These pianists, Libby Frost and Sybil Giefer, earned a trip to the state contest, which was held on February 18.
The contest is available to anyone in a music class. Since Frost and Giefer are both in the choir class, they were eligible for the competition. Many students from around Western Kansas took their pieces to Malloy Hall in Hays where the regional contest was held. Frost and Giefer both got a I rating at regionals, which earned them a trip to state. The state competition took place at WSU.
Frost played a piece entitled “Golliwog’s Cakewalk,” which was written by Debussy. This piece earned her a II rating.
With her piece “Scherzo in B Flat Major” by Schubert, Giefer earned a I rating. She commented, “The piano competition was a very good experience, in my opinion; I got to meet a lot of people that I didn't know and even saw some I did know! I would really enjoy doing it again.”
|Three Trego Choir students were selected by live audition to sing in the NW District KMEA Choir to be held at the FHSU campus on Dec. 10. The students are Amiya Schmitt, Brenna Flax and Austin Cramer. The choir will rehearse during the day at FHSU with other selected students from Northwest Kansas and then will perform a concert in the Beach Schmidt Auditorium at 3:30 p.m. Admission is $5.00 for adults, and students get in free. (This concert is the same day as the Elementary KMEA Concert, to be held at Beach Schmidt Auditorium at 12:30 p.m.) Congratulations to these students!|
Audience members are not likely to soon forget the TCHS Choir’s performance of Princess Whatsername, which they presented in the high school auditorium on November 11 and 12.
“The choir always delivers a great performance,” stated one fan, “but they really out-did themselves this time.”
The play took place in Misty Forest, where Princess Whatsername, who suffers from amnesia, struggles to find clues to her true identity. During her quest, she meets many fairy tale characters such as Rumplestiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White and the seven dwarves, Goldilocks, Cinderella, and Rapunzel. This all takes place as Prince Reveille searches for his true love, the lost princess. As in all fairy tales, however, there is a happy ending when Princess Whatsername finally remembers her true character, Sleeping Beauty, Prince Reveille sweeps her off her feet, and the two become engaged.
The night ended with Kacie Dunn thanking all those who helped to make the play a success. Kathy Jamison, the choir director, certainly got the biggest round of applause for all the hard work and dedication she put forth to ensure that the musical was a smash hit.
By Gracie Hickson
The TCHS choir had the privilege to host the MCL Vocal Clinic On November 7. The six schools that attended the clinic were Ellis, Hill City, Oakley, Plainville, Stockton, and Trego.
The director of the clinic was Choral Activities Director at Fort Hays State University, Dr. Terry Crull. Crull’s accompanist was pianist Pam McGowne.
Each choir sang two songs. Trego sang “Seize the Day” and “Shut Up and Dance” At the end of the concert the mass choir sang “Kyrie,” “Come in from the Firefly Darkness,” “A Blessing,” “Ain’t misbehavin,” and “Shine A Little Light.”
Senior Cheyenne Nickelson commented on the event:
“Even though I was singing, I could still hear that it sounded really pretty to have that large of a group.”
Junior Amiya Schmitt enjoyed listening to individual groups.
“I saw a group sing acapella and it made me realize that it could be done with work and practice. It made me want to try it again in our choir.”
|The dwarves (Tanner Lowry, Bernard Giefer, Austin Cramer, and Carter Minson) practice their song, “Where’d You Get that Bling.”|
The story begins in the Misty Forest, where a girl is sleeping all alone. But when she wakes, nothing looks familiar to her and she can't remember anything--not where she's from, how she got there, or even her own name.
The girl (played by senior Kacie Dunn) begins a journey to discover who she is, and she meets some fairy-tale characters along the way--Hansel & Gretel (seniors Alex & Lexus Haxton), Rumpelstiltskin (junior Bernard Giefer), Goldilocks (senior Bryn Hafliger) and the Three Bears. There is also Snow White (junior Amiya Schmitt) and the Seven Dwarves, Cinderella (senior Cheyenne Nickelson), and Rapunzel (Cassidi Hickson), to name a few.
|Playing Princess Whatsername, Kacie Dunn practices a chase scene. “It is a chaotic but humorous part of the play where we get to ad lib and get the audience involved,” said Dunn.|
Some of the characters are helpful, some are dangerous, and some are just strange, but all have information to help the girl realize her true identity as a princess. As with any good fairy tale, there's also a prince(senior Sean Conness) who is desperate to find the princess, but he's always one step behind and manages to rescue and win the hearts of all the wrong princesses!
The choir is excited to perform this play. They invite all the community to come and watch the performance. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students.
(Excerpt from Pioneer Drama)