by Lucas Bandstra
PCHS had almost 50 students participate in the Solo and Ensemble State Music Festival held at PC on Saturday, April 1. Nineteen instrumentalists received I’s (superior) and nine received II’s (excellent), all directed by band teacher Shannon Dykstra.
Choir director Tim Van Voorst’s vocalists received eight I’s and three II’s. All of the I and II ratings were a results of hours of hard work.
“We’ve been practicing since the end of January for the event, once a week,” said Van Voorst. Along with practicing their songs for months, a lot of work also went into choosing the right song.
“I picked five to six songs, depending on the individual’s voice. After hearing all of the songs I picked, the person gets to decide which song they would like to perform,” said Van Voorst.
Based on the excellent results, it appears the students chose their songs wisley. Receiving a combined 27 I’s between the band and choir students was an amazing accomplishment for all who worked very hard for the competition.
“My favorite part of solo and ensemble was seeing my friends perform, and finally getting to perform what I have worked so hard on,” said sophomore Abby Ambroson.