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CMS choir members are golden at contest

The Connersville Middle School mixed ensemble performs “Swingin’ with the Saints” at ISSMA contest on Feb. 3.

Forty-seven Connersville Middle School choir members participated in 36 events in the Indiana State School Music Association’s piano and vocal, district solo and ensemble contest.

These seventh and eighth graders competed along with students in grades five through 12, performing musical selections that ranged from easy music (group IV) to medium difficult music (group II). Altogether, three piano solos, 28 vocal solos, a barbershop quartet and four ensembles all received gold medals for their efforts on Feb. 3.

Piano soloists were Owen Nobbe and Gavin Bergman (group IV) and Breana Carsey (group III).

Vocal soloists competing at group IV were Kaitlyn Stoner, Elle Jones-Wright, Lydia Powell, Julia Biehl, Riley Austin, Sara Carsey, Mellissa Ackerman and Edie Judd.

Vocalists competing at group III were Paige Dafler, Jerra Stanbrough, Kara Schneider, Madison Atchley, Breana Carsey, Chloe Griffin, Morgan Keaffaber, Evan Osborn, Aaron Vanover, Gavin Bergman, Jordan Abraham, Kyle Burkhead, Hana Glover, Madison Mullins, Alivea Lynn, Owen Nobbe and Kaylor McKinney.

Vocalists performing in the group II class were Abbie Dafler, Kiley Smith and Ben Bischoff.

A female barbershop comprised of Eva Jackson, Keaffaber, McKinney and Emily Tuttle also performed at the group III level.

A male, a treble and two mixed ensembles competed at the group III level and not only received gold ratings but perfect scores as well. The male ensemble comprised of Abraham, Bergman, Bischoff, Ian Boggs, Burkhead, Skyler Cavins, Spencer Creed, Hunter Dunaway, Matthew Edwards, Carter Evans, Adam Frasher, Sam Mills, Nobbe, Orin O’Brian, Osborn, Ethan Russell, Jacob Scott, and Vanover performed the spiritual “Rise, Shine for Thy Light is A-comin.’”

Performing an a capella spiritual, “Great Getting’ Up Mornin,’” was a treble ensemble made up of Ackerman, Austin, Lexi Barr, A. Dafler, P. Dafler, Glover, Sydney Grounds, Miranda Herbert, Jackson, Judd, Keaffaber, Lynn, McKinney, Lauren McMillan, Mullins, Jordan Pyle, Grace Robinson, Smith, Stanbrough and Tuttle.

Two mixed ensembles performed “Danny Boy” and a medley of spirituals entitled “Swingin’ with the Saints.”

Most of the preparation for this competition took place on the students’ own time during lunch and after school. The students were coached by piano and voice teacher Sue Conway and CMS Choir Director Teresa Lewis. Current and former CHS Choir members also helped the students prepare.

The CMS Guys, Treble and Mixed Choirs will be competing in the ISSMA organizational contest at Greenfield-Central Junior High School this Saturday. The Combined Choirs will compete at the Music in the Parks Festival at Kings Island on May 12.