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Waukon High School Music Department earns four Division I ratings at IHSMA Large Group Music Festival


Mixed Concert Choir and Women’s Concert Choir - Division I ratings ... Pictured above are members of the Waukon High School Concert Choir that received a Division I rating at the Iowa High School Music Association Large Group Music Festival May 5 in Osage. The female members of the group pictured above also make up the Waukon High School Women’s Concert Choir that also received a Division I rating. Left to right - Front row: Allison Sletten, Madalyn Ellingson, Aislinn Goettel, Jasmyn Enyart, Alexz Grampovnik, Donald Mondy, Autumn Johnson, Emily Brown, Aleah Howes, Emily Kolsrud, Oonagh Ahouse, Katelyn Leiran. Middle row: Logan Kucera, Shelby Brand, Carley Sweeney, Sean Liddiard, Brittney Troester, Lane Grotegut, Ryan Vander Velden, Emma Roe, Noah Schellsmidt, Alaina Mikkelson, Miciah Dotzler. Back row: Emilio Rathbun, Dalton Brookins, Brigid Berns, Nathan Liddiard, Robert Drew, Nathan Smith, Aidan Jones, Denzel Decker, Michael Smith, Tristan Behn, Steven Shogren, Dalon Troendle. Not pictured: Leslie Halverson. Submitted photo.

Concert Band - Division I rating ... Pictured above are members of the Waukon High School Concert Band that received a Division I rating at the Iowa High School Music Association Large Group Music Festival May 5 in Osage. Left to right - Front row: Alison Sherman, Bridget Duncklee, Morgan Van Ruler, Olivia Rathbone, Ashley Liddiard, Zaida Bockman. Second row: Alexis Hogan, Mary Vander Velden, Martina Bresnahan, Cassidy Byrnes, Denzel Decker, Taya Duehr, Carley Sweeney, Miann Barr, Sophie Halverson, Jenna Shogren, Diana Davison, Hayley Christensen, Harli Holzwarth. Third row: Allison Sletten, Madi Marti, Teddy Holthaus, Hannah Iseli, Nathan Smith, Emily Kolsrud, Brooke Wasson, Lance Egan, Hally Holzwarth, Liam Aldrich, Connor Berryman, Owen Halverson, Sean Liddiard, Hannah McCabe, Aislinn Goettel, Rob Drew, Samantha Berryman, Michael Smith. Back row: Waukon High School Band Instructor Jo Ann Sherman, Madi Palmer, Michaela Dehli, MaKenzi Marting, Logan Houg, Micah Treptau, Matt Rozzell, Nathan Liddiard. Not pictured: Donald Mondy, Leslie Halverson, Michael Benson. Photo courtesy of Studio M Photography.

JV Choir - Division I rating ... Pictured above are members of the Waukon High School JV Concert Choir that received a Division I rating at the Iowa High School Music Association Large Group Music Festival May 5 in Osage. Left to right - Front row: Violet Holthaus, Oonagh Ahouse, Aislinn Goettel, Shelby Wyninger, Eve Hill, Hailey Bresnahan, Katelyn Leiran, Madelyn Moser. Back row: Chloe Johnson, Nevaeh Bushaw, Cassie Schellsmidt, Tessa Rubendall, Faith Palmer, Katelyn Monroe, MaKenzi Marting, Ainsly Lydon, Layke Byrnes. Submitted photo.

The Waukon High School Music Department returned from its Iowa High School Music Association Large Group Music Festival Saturday, May 5 in Osage with a quartet of the highest ratings that can be achieved at such an event. A combined total of five vocal and band ensembles represented Waukon High School with their performances in the Class 2A division of the event that featured a dozen other similar-sized schools, with four of those five Waukon groups bringing home a Division I rating for their efforts.

The Waukon High School Concert Band, under the direction of Jo Ann Sherman, was the lone instrumental ensemble representing Waukon High School and received one of just five Division I ratings awarded at the Festival among 13 performing band ensembles. Likewise, the Waukon High School Mixed Chorus, under the direction of Sarah Palmer, also received one of just six Division I ratings awarded among 15 performances in that competition.

Also under the direction of Palmer, Waukon’s female vocal musicians claimed two of four Division I ratings among seven performances in the Treble Clef Chorus division, including the Waukon High School Women’s Choir and JV Women’s Choir. The Waukon Men’s Choir also received a Divison II rating at the event among five performances in the Bass Clef Chorus division.
 

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