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PHOTOS: FHS held music contest April 11

Adiah Evans (oboe) performs at the Solo/Ensemble Contest. Submitted photo1 / 3
A quartet of (from left) Joe Blomgren, Daniel Rogstad, Ben Moorlach and Xander Smaby performs. Submitted photo2 / 3
Korin Hall (horn) plays at the Solo and Small Ensemble Music Contest. Hall performed her solo immediate after her Farmington Tigers softball game April 11. Submitted photo3 / 3

Members of the Farmington High School Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band took part in their annual Solo and Small Ensemble Music Contest April 11.

A total of 130 students performed in 96 events, playing classical solos, duets, trios and quartets. Farmington High School band students had a very successful evening, with 67 events receiving a rating of "superior," the highest rating available. To receive a superior rating, students must receive a score of at least 35 out of 40 points. The adjudicators assess students on a wide variety of musical performance factors including intonation, tone quality, rhythm and tempo, expressiveness, and articulation.

Eight solos received a perfect score of 40 points. Students getting perfect scores included Lexi Kortenbusch (flute), Corey Knutson (clarinet), Taylor Julson (flute), Lucas Toutge (trombone), Grace Welter (trumpet), Zach Johnson (euphonium), Ellie Colson (flute) and Mike Cummings (alto sax).

Adjudicators for the event were band directors Dan Marrs (Red Wing), John Zschunke (Rosemount), Rick Olson (Lakeville), and Sarah Minette (Minneapolis). Farmington High School band directors are Erin Holmes and Bradley Mariska.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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