Conservatory vocalists and pianists recently competed in Solo and Ensemble Competition at Lake Brantley High School. Each student prepared and performed a piece of music for adjudicators which was then rated based on specific musical criteria. MVA students earned 10 Superior ratings, which qualifies students to advance to the State Solo and Ensemble Competition at Seminole State College in late March.
Students who earned Superior ratings were vocalists: Kaitlin Bennett, Luke Chang, Tyler Fricker, Hana Geda, Amealia Hall, Zayna JeBailey, Sofia Marangoni, Gia Parker, and Dylan Truenow. Frank Guo, conservatory pianist, also received a Superior rating for his piano solo.
MVA strings students also competed in their Solo and Ensemble Competition at Sunridge Middle School, and earned five Superior ratings and three Superior with Distinction ratings. Superior with Distinction is a coveted rating given to someone who presents an exceptionally flawless performance. Superior ratings were earned by Mariana Valderrama Alvarez, Frank Guo and Selina Xu in a piano trio; Megan Lindberg and Jason Tejada Chancay in string duet; Mariana Valderrama Alvarez for her violin solo; Jason Tejada Chancay and Apple Zhou each in cello solo. Superior with Distinction ratings were given to Megan Lindberg for violin solo, Lauren Kiernan for viola solo, and Yilin Xu for cello solo.
This year, the Music Conservatory has a student, Dylan Truenow, who in addition to being a piano major and All-State vocalist, is studying the alto saxophone. He auditioned and was accepted into the District 19 All-District Honors Band, which like many of honors ensembles, spent several days rehearsing followed by a final performance at Forest High School in Ocala of featured selections: “March of the Belgian Paratroopers,” “American Visions,” “In Two Places,” “Rest,” and “Sunscapes.”
“Facilitating our students’ passions, even if it outside of our normal curriculum, is something we strive to do with our Arts programs,” said Dean Bell, Director of Arts. “We are excited to have one of our students representing MVA in the instrumental arena. The experiences and skills gained in endeavors like this serve to better enhance Dylan’s overall music experience as well as the students he collaborates with in the Conservatory on a daily basis.”
Congratulations to all of these musicians for their hard work in attaining these honors.