Area musicians were among students from 35 Oklahoma high schools and junior highs competing in the recent Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association (OSSAA) District Music Contest hosted by Northern Oklahoma College Tonkawa.
Judges rated choirs, vocal soloists and ensembles and instrumental soloists and ensembles on a four-point scale. High school entries rated I (Superior) qualified for the State contests. High school seniors earning Superior ratings are invited to attend the NOC Fine Arts Division Audition Day at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 31 in the Kinzer Performing Arts Center.
Superior (I) and Excellent (II) ratings for individuals and groups from Cleveland schools are listed below.
Cleveland High School
Superior Vocal: Alisha Ellison, Kiona Rhody, Treble ensemble.
Excellent Vocal: Watt and Powell ensemble.
Cleveland Junior High
In Choir contest, the 7th and 8th Grade mixed chorus rated excellent in performance and in sight reading. The chorus sang “This Day of Joyful Pleasure” and “A Joyful Song”.
Superior Vocal: Hailee Blevins, Journie Campbell, Harley Gwin, Tara Hough, Canaan Muniz, Justice Rhody, Robert Travis, Zoie Watt, Rylie Zeliff.
Excellent Vocal: Campbell and Garrison ensemble.
Vocal director for both high school and junior high is Daniel Whitehead.