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Talented Student Performances Highlight Music in Our Schools Month; 10 RHS Students Head to State Music Competition

RHS Band in New Orleans Award-winning music performances by Ritenour middle and high school students in Ritenour Auditorium, regional competitions and performances in New Orleans highlighted the 2019 Music in our School Month throughout March. View photos here.

Ritenour Auditorium had a full house for an All-District Orchestra Concert on March 12, which featured 300 sixth- through 12th-grade students, and again on March 16 for the All-District Band Concert, that featured 7th/8th grade bands, Ritenour High School Jazz Band and Symphony Band.

In addition to the student performances, middle school band students were treated to special sectional rehearsals and full band clinics by guest clinicians from McKendree University, and a performance by the St. Louis Osuwa Taiko drummers. The St. Louis Osuwa Taiko Society drummers also performed during the March 16 concert.

Also during March, the RHS Symphony Band & Concert Choir performed in the MSHSAA State Large Ensemble Festival on March 6 and 13, respectively, each earning "Outstanding" ratings from the adjudicators.

  • Of the 50 band, orchestra, and choir students who performed March 8 in the District Solo/Ensemble Festival, several RHS band and orchestra students earned Exemplary ratings, which qualify them for the state competition on April. 26. They are: Alissa Smith and Christina Doherty, flute; Davis Volpitto, Charlene Challans and Adam Rowald, saxophone trio; Jada Freeman, viola; Abigail Richardson, cello; Daniela Saenz, violin; Maria Castillo Vega, violin; Hilary Thee Sanchez, violin

  • RHS students who received Outstanding ratings were: Jasper Chandler, viola; Mackenzie Davis, viola; Cesar Rangel, violin; Marco Urbina, trumpet; Jackie Llamas and Natanael Mendez-Torres, alto sax; Jonathan Loane, tuba; Caroline Wong, flute; Maddy Moyle, French horn; Jared Both, Nathan Rowald and Ben Chosich, trumpet trio; Armani Anderson, flute; Armani Anderson, Emily Hasenjaeger and Grace Briggs, flute trio; Daniela Scrima, vocal; Louise Chavez, vocal.

RHS band, orchestra and choir students capped off the month with a trip to New Orleans, where they received instruction at several professional clinics at Loyola and performed at several venues. Free performances were held at the World War II Museum, Artillery Park and the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas on the riverfront. In between performances and instruction, students also toured historic and cultural sites and enjoyed Cajun food.

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