Seven Ottawa High School instrumental soloists, as well as four vocal ensembles and five vocal soloists, recently earned superior state ratings at the Regional Solo and Small Ensemble Festival, qualifying them for the state festival April 27 in Andover.
Numerous other students participated in the contest, spending many hours learning and rehearsing their solos.
Four vocal ensembles and 12 vocal soloists participated in the regional music festival.
Ensembles that earned a superior rating, or I, and qualified for state included the Cytones, Cytone Women, Chamber Choir Women and Mens Ensemble.
Soloists receiving a I rating were Lance Behning, tenor; Bryce Elder, tenor; Courtney Houston, soprano; Ryan Tipton, bass; and Katie Webber, alto.
Those receiving a II, or excellent rating, were Tony Martin, baritone; Brady Stoy II, baritone; and Rebecca Vrbas, mezzo-soprano.
Soloists receiving III or average ratings were Jovi Carpenter, tenor; Brandi Houston, alto; and Allie Schmoe, alto. Bryan Turner, baritone, received a IV rating.
Individuals earning instrumental awards were:
Superior Ratings (I) State Qualifers
Hannah Thomas, oboe solo
Courtney Houston, violin solo
Hannah Heatherman, violin solo
Lance Behning, trumpet solo
Courtney Houston, horn solo
Jeffrey Doolittle, trumpet solo
Clint Lyman, snare solo
Excellent ratings (II)
Flute Quartet (Julia Burroughs, Aubrey Curry, Rebecca Vrbas and Katie Wooge)
Taelor Dodds, trombone solo
Niccole Scott, alto sax solo
Colin Cowdin, alto sax solo
Alex Crossen, trumpet solo
Clint Lyman, timpani solo
Katie Wooge, flute solo
Saxophone Trio (Colin Cowdin, Rachel Manis and Katie Wooge)
Tabitha Tatman, tenor sax solo
Colin Cowdin, tenor sax solo
Caylin Buckley, marimba solo
Percussion Quartet (Caylin Buckley, Clint Lyman, Bethany Manis and Alex Tharp)
Brock Benorden, euphonium solo
Abagael Pruitt, trombone solo
Low Brass Quartet (Brock Benorden, Anna Davidson, Abagael Pruitt and Daniel White)
Average Rating (III)
Jonathan Branson, trumpet solo