Pictured above with retiring band director Jeff Iverson are, from left, seniors Anna Koopmann, Josie Erickson and Jenessa Iverson, who performed “Four London Trios.” This was the last group to perform at Jeff Iverson’s final contest and they had a perfect score of 40.

School hosts music contest

Staples Motley students earn 15 ‘Best in Site’ awards
Staples Motley music students performed in 87 events during the recent Section 6A Music Solo/Ensemble contest; with 14 of those events recognized as ‘Best-In-Site.’

hool hosted the Section 6A Music Solo/Ensemble contest May 7.

A total of 205 events were scheduled that day. In addition to SMHS, nine other schools participated in the contest. These included Verndale, Pillager, Wadena-Deer Creek, Sebeka, Pequot Lakes, Pine River-Backus, Browerville, New York Mills and Osakis.

Staples Motley music students performed in 87 events (42 percent). Of the 205 events, 29 were recognized as “Best In Site.” Of those 29, Staples Motley music students accounted for 14 (48 percent).

Choir director Steve Hoemberg said, “As a department, we would like to recognize the significant contribution of our accompanists Cindy Koopmann, Molly Bass, Deb Haroldson, Lori Bates and Tony Sanders.” He noted that Paskewitz was unable to serve as an accompanist that day, because her daughter was getting married.

Staples Motley performances which received a “Best-In-Site” award included:

o Vocal duet - Noah Han, Cade Bestland

o Vocal solo - Lucas Jimenez

o Vocal solo - Anna Koopmann

o Vocal duet - Koopmann,  Jimenez

o Barbershop quartet - Jenessa Iverson, Jimenez, Han, Bestland

o Trumpet solo - Josie Erickson

o French horn solo - Koopmann

o Trio - Koopmann, Erickson, Iverson

o Brass quintet - Erickson, Trenton Plopper, Koopmann, Bestland

o Harp solo - Koopmann

o Woodwind ensemble - Amy Lochli, Kayt Klein, Rebecca Daly, Sarah Marte, Samantha Simon, Sienna Lingenfelter, Taylor Heldman, Vera Robinson, Erickson, Millie Klefsaas, Iverson, Alyssa Bartkowicz, Brian Sterriker.

o Bassoon solo - Iverson

o Clarinet duet - Sarah Daly, along with Eli Uban, Pillager

 o Flute solo - Rebecca Daly

o Mallet solo - Jack Benson.




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