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MMS Soloists Invited to Sing at State Conference

Students from Moundsville Middle School participated in the Region VI Solo and Ensemble Festival at West Liberty University. Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Events provide individual performers (soloists) and small groups of performers (ensembles) with an opportunity to perform for a qualified adjudicator. The adjudicator provides written comments and suggestions for improvement, along with assigning an overall rating to the performance.

Sixteen students represented the Trojans at the regional festival on January 27, earning nine superior ratings in addition to four superior ratings with a state honors recommendations.  Those receiving a state honors recommendation are invited to make a recording. The recordings are forwarded to a panel of adjudicators who select top performances from regional festivals all over the state.

On February 18, Moundsville Middle Choir Director Kathleen Fox was notified two of the school’s four state nominated works were selected to perform as soloists on the state solo and ensemble recital.

Khloe Trussell and Amanda Rine rehearse in the choral room for the upcoming state recital.

Khloe Trussell, a 7th grader, will be singing Ye Banks and Braes, a traditional Scottish Air arranged by Mark Patterson. “Singing is one of my greatest passions. I hope to go somewhere with it one day and knowing I’m getting this opportunity means the world to me,” Trussell shared. “This experience has been one of a kind. With the help of Mrs. Fox and Ms. Robison, I’ve learned that persistence and heart get you a long way.”

Amanda Rine, an 8th grader, will be singing Se tu m’ami, a poem by Paolo Antonio Rolli with music by Alessandro Parisotti. This is the second consecutive year Rine was selected as a soloist. She has learned a lot from her participation in Solo and Ensemble. “I’ve learned to never give up,” Rine explained. “Always challenge yourself and it will make you a better musician. Singing a song is like telling a story and is just a whole lot more fun.”

The state recital features instrumentalists and vocalists from the elementary, middle and high school levels. This year, there were only eight vocal events selected state-wide, two of which were students from Moundsville Middle School.  The recital will be held this Friday at 6:00 p.m in the Little Theater at the Charleston Civic Center in conjunction with the West Virginia Music Educators Conference.  Christie Robison will accompany both girls during the concert.