DURANT — The Kingston Public Schools vocal music department posted an impressive showing at district contest last week, bringing home 71 medals.
The high school performers garnered 51 total medals at the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association District Vocal Music Solo and Ensemble Contest, scoring Superior ratings on the majority of its entries. Jacy Germany, Regan Stephenson and Lauren Johnson led the way with five Superior ratings each, and Jessica Kretzchmar and Olivia White nabbed four Superior medals each. In all, 20 high school performers earned at least one Superior rating.
Middle school vocalists also fared well, earning Superior ratings for eight solos and one ensemble.
Director Gay Lynn Allen said every medal was well deserved.
"They worked so hard for this," Allen said. "They put in many, many hours of their own time practicing and improving, and it shows in the results."
High school performers who earned ratings of Superior (often referred to as "I") will now have the opportunity to compete at the state level April 17-18 at Shawnee.
Allen said with continued improvement, all have the ability to earn the coveted state Superior medals.
"I know they can do it," Allen said. "The talent is there — they just have to keep working."
Superintendent Jay McAdams said the strong showing by the vocal music department, coupled with recent success of the instrumental musicians, paints a glowing picture of music education at Kingston.
"It's another example of the achievement Kingston kids are capable of," McAdams said. "I continue to be impressed with our students in all areas, and music is certainly no exception."
Large mixed ensemble — Jacy Germany, Rachel Davis, Olivia White, Lauren Johnson, Jessica Kretzchmar, Luke Smith, Tanner Holland, Brady Henderson, Preston Lunsford, Paden Hayes, Robbie Bunger and Jared Hayes performing "Kyrie" by Antonin Dvorák.
Small mixed ensemble — Victoria Hodges, Jacy Germany, Regan Stephenson, Lauren Johnson, Jessica Kretzchmar, Mattison Haydel, Luke Smith, Tanner Holland and Jared Hayes performing "Swing Down Ezekiel" by Greg Gilpin.
Large women's ensemble — Rachel Davis, Carrie Reed, Victoria Hodges, Jasey Kite, Regan Stephenson, Ena Sin, Olivia White, Lauren Johnson, Jessica Kretzchmar and Macy Watts performing "Sigh No More, Ladies" by Sally Albrecht.
Small women's ensemble — Regan Stephenson, Ena Sin, Jacy Germany, Shelby Cosby, Olivia White, Lauren Johnson, Taylor Williams, Macy Watts and Rachel Davis performing "Your Friend Shall Be the Tall Wind" by Victor Johnson.
Duet — Rachel Davis and Regan Stephenson performing "The Snow Begins to Fall" by Andy Beck.
Solo — Jacy Germany performing "Danny Boy," words by Frederic Weatherly, arranged by Julie Knowles.
Solo — Tanner Holland performing "Go Tell It on the Mountain," traditional, arranged by Patsy Ford Simms.
Solo — Jessica Kretzchmar performing "Amarilli, mia bella," by Giulio Caccini.
Solo — Luke Smith performing "Shenendoah," traditional, arranged by Jay Althouse.
Solo — Regan Stephenson, "Homeward Bound," by Marta Keen.
Solo — Olivia White performing "Si mes vers avaient des ailes," by Reynoldo Hahn.
Performers who earned "Excellent" ratings were: Robbie Bunger, Shelby Cosby, Rachel Davis, Mattison Haydel, Jared Hayes, Caitlyn Koop, Abbey Schoolfield and Macy Watts.
Large mixed ensemble — Nate Robinson, Nick Mizell, Austin Grotz, Brady Fox, Kiefer Stewart, Hallie Swearengen, Jade Burch, Kara Denton, Jasey Kite, Christina Hayes and Katy Weldon performing "Sh-shone Love Song: Native American Lyric Music" by Roger Emerson.
Solo — Jade Burch "Where Go the Boats" by Dave and Jean Perry.
Solo — Kristina Hayes performing "If" words by Emily Dickinson, music by Mark Petterson.
Solo — Kaitlin Hobbs performing "There's an Air of Joy in the Meadow" by Lynn Shaw Bailey.
Solo — Kirsty Kenedy performing "Send Forth a Song by Mark Patterson.
Solo — Jasey Kite performing "Homeward Bound" by Marta Keen.
Solo — Hallie Swearengen performing "Pie Jesu" by Marcy Pyrtle.
Solo — Harlie Teeter performing "There is a Season" by Berta Poorman.
Solo — Katy Weldon performing "May Sunshine Light Your Way: Irish Blessing," by Jay Althaus.
Vocalists earning "Excellent" ratings were: Austin Grotts and Keifer Stewart.