MHS has strong showing at State Solo and Small Ensemble contest


Pictured are Marshalltown High School students who were named Outstanding Performers at the State Solo and Small Ensemble Contest held in Newton on April 6. Pictured from left are Uriel Campos-Padilla, Colin Jensen, Yatnia Hernandez and Elijah Thiessen.

Marshalltown High School music students traveled to Newton High School for the State Solo and Small Ensemble Contest on April 6. A total of 93 students represented MHS in 78 events throughout the day.  Each event performed before one judge who awarded points in multiple categories, which were totaled and converted to the Division rating that each event earned.

There are 5 Division ratings that can be earned.  The highest rating, a “Division I” is awarded to those performances considered to be “Superior.”  The second highest rating, a “Division II” is awarded to “Excellent” performances.

The results from the MHS music department are:
Band Department:  36 events performed with 23 earning a Division I rating and 9 earning a Division II rating.
Vocal Department:  32 events performed with 18 earning a Division I rating and 13 earning a Division II rating.
Orchestra Department: 10 events performed with 4 earning a Division I rating and 5 earning a Division II rating.

Outstanding Performance students
In addition to the strong showing by all of the Marshalltown musicians, four students were awarded beyond their ratings as they were named the Outstanding Performance in their respective performance centers.  These students are invited to participate in the Outstanding Performance Recital to be held at the Music Hall on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames on May 16 with honorees from all over the state.

Honored MHS performances are:
Uriel Campos-Padilla (10th grade) -Violin Solo
Yatnia Hernandez (12th grade) and Colin Jensen (11th grade) – Vocal Duet
Yatnia Hernandez and Elijah Thiessen (10th grade) -Vocal Duet

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