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Colchester High School Students Selected for District III Music Festival: 47 Students Selected To Perform in November Concert

Nineteen Colchester High School band and twenty-eight CHS choral students performed in the Vermont District III High School Music Festival held on November 7 at Essex High School. The festivalfeatured wind ensemble, concert band and chorus performances by a select group of students representing all of the Champlain Valley’s area high school music programs.

The following CHS sopranos were chosen to participate in the festival under the direction of Stefanie Maas Weigand, dean of students for NEMFA and president-elect of the VT-ACDA: Emily Bissonette; Keegan Davis; Anna Eaton, Natalee Garen; Myla Jacobs; Samantha Kieny; Elizabeth Landry; Bella Lopez; and, Emily White. CHS altos selected to perform were: Devon Cameron-Vaupel; Erin Casab; Kianna Frost-Ohlsson; Emily Lopes; Cassie Mallabar; Ally Marcou; Victoria Mier; Nora Peterson; Olivia Trevisani; Kayley Tullgren; Kyra Walker; and Jessica Zwolen. CHS tenors selected were: Jonny Barden and Ethan Goedken. CHS basses selected were: Sam Burgess; Jimmy Collins; Morgan Eaton; Matthew LaChance; and, Alex Ratkovits. The concert chorus performed the following pieces: Kyrie, from Mass in G (Franz Schubert); It Takes a Village (Joan Szymko);Earth Song (Frank Ticheli); and Oye (Jim Papoulis).

The following CHS students were selected to perform in the Festival’s concert band under the direction of Stephen Rice, instrumental music teacher at Brattleboro Union High School: Abby Longchamp (flute); Katie Pierson (flute); Amelia Cassidy (bassoon); Ethan Dean (bari sax); Thomas Colgrove (trumpet); Laura Shaw (trumpet); Haley Kieny (clarinet); Rebecca Mier (clarinet); Chloe Bullock (clarinet); Cara Barmore (clarinet); Sophia Comi (clarinet); Kaylyn Morse (bass clarinet); Jacob Dell (tenor sax); Nathan Colgrove (French horn); and, Lauren Brooks (French horn). The concert band performed: Joy Revisited (Frank Ticheli); Rhythm Stand (Jennifer Higdon); Symphony No. 6, Movement II, Adagio Sostenuto (Vincent Persichetti); and, Bucimis, Bulgarian Folk Dance (Bob Lipton).

The following CHS students were selected to perform in the Festival’s wind ensemble under the direction of Dr. Mark Stickney, director of bands at Plymouth State University: Beth Moore (flute); Meghan Collins (alto sax); Kristian Labrie (percussion); and, Connor Zwonik (percussion). The wind ensemble closed the festival with the following performances: A Festival Prelude (Alfred Reed); Sheltering Sky (John Mackey); 136th USA Field Artillery March (Henry Fillmore, arranged by Foster); Albanian Dances (Shelley Hanson); and, Chester (Robert Schuman).

Students from the District III high schools must audition (or be nominated) for the opportunity to perform in the festival. In addition to Colchester High School, the following area schools participated in the festival: Burlington High School, Champlain Valley Union High School, Essex High School, Rice Memorial High School, South Burlington High School and Winooski High School. The purpose of the District III Music Festival is to enhance students’ school music experiences by giving them a chance to participate in music performing groups made up of top music students from other school programs.

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For more information, contact:

Marie Bouffard, Friends of Colchester Music Chair