Chase County vocalists earned numerous superiors at districts for their solos and small group numbers. (Johnson Publications photo)

These instrumentalists from Chase County received superior ratings for their solo or small group performances at districts. (Johnson Publications photo)

Chase County’s concert choir, under the direction of Randy Hayes, rated three superiors from the judges, which also gained them an NSAA plaque. (Johnson Publications photo)

While they were the only show choir performing at last Friday’s district contest in Imperial, the 9th St. Singers earned a superior from all three judges, which also merited an NSAA plaque. (Johnson Publications photo)

Simply Jazz wowed the judges with their performance at districts last week. All three judges gave them a superior, which resulted in an NSAA plaque, as well. (Johnson Publications photo)

Music students earn top ratings at District Music Contest here

    Out of a total of 29 entries overall, high school musicians from Chase County captured 23 superiors, the top rating a student can earn, at last Friday’s District Music Contest in Imperial.
    That represents 79 percent of CCS students entered in the district competition, which will be hosted by Chase County again in 2018.
    Thirteen of Chase County’s superiors came in the vocal divisions, while another 10 were raked in by instrumental students.
    Of Chase County’s four large groups performing at districts—the concert band, concert choir, Simply Jazz and 9th St. Singers—three of them earned across-the-board superior ratings from the judges. When that happens, an NSAA plaque is awarded.
    In addition, seven CCS soloists or small groups earned the day’s Outstanding Performance Award from judges.
    At the district contest, each judge is allowed to select one Outstanding Performance of the day and up to two “honorable mentions.” These selections can only come from solos and ensembles, not large groups.
    Chase County’s mixed vocal ensemble (see members below) earned the coveted Outstanding Performance Award, as did Peyton Fiedler for the tenor sax solo.
    Receiving honorable mentions were the vocal mixed ensemble, vocal mixed quartet, vocal soloists Colton Burpo and Sydnie Allen and Josie Peterson, for her alto sax solo.
    Agnes Strand directs the CCS instrumental students, while Randy Hayes is vocal director.

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