AITKIN -- On March 15, Aitkin hosted the Subsection 25 Vocal Solo/Ensemble contest, which included students from Barnum, Cromwell, Crosby-Ironton, Aitkin, Moose Lake, Pine River, Willow River and St. Mark's Academy (Kettle River).
Of the 43 events that Aitkin submitted, 34 earned a superior rating and the right to compete again at the Section contest in May. Those students who performed a solo that was awarded a top ranking were:
Andrea Blake, soprano; Chelsie Pratt, soprano; Nicole Schwartz, soprano; Brianna Otto, mezzo soprano; Melanie Anderson, alto; Marissa Chatelle, alto; Bobbi Hop, alto; Kate Plaagman, alto; Katie Schwaderer, alto; Lisa Stauter, alto; Anthony Blake, tenor; Matt DeCent, tenor; Nick Eklund, tenor; Steve Haines, tenor; Wes Hoppe, baritone; Tom Paulbeck, baritone; Eric Christensen, bass; and Josh Heggem, bass.
Students who sang a duet that earned a superior rating were:
Kristen Burgstaler and Anna Gorecky; Chelsie Pratt and Bobbi Hop; Rachael Johnson and Tom Paulbeck; Josh Heggem and Andrew Heggem; Melanie Anderson and Matt DeCent; Marissa Chatelle and Abby Olson; Brianna Otto and Nick Eklund; Nicole Schwartz and Katie Schwaderer; Chelsie Pratt and Steve Haines; Joanna Olson and Patty Lawrence; Marissa Chatelle and Wes Hoppe; Nicole Schwartz and Andrea Blake.
Other ensembles from Aitkin that were awarded a top rating were two male quartets with Anthony Blake, Nick Eklund, Was Hoppe and Josh Heggem, as well as Matt DeCent, Steve Haines, Jason Dox and Tom Paulbeck.
There was also a girls' ensemble with Katie Midthun, Madalyn Otto, Kelly Kanz and Brianna Otto and the Madrigal Singers, which includes Melanie Anderson, Andrea Blake, Marissa Chatelle, Bobbi Hop, Chelsie Pratt, Nicole Schwartz, Anthony Blake, Eric Christensen, Matt DeCent, Nick Eklund, Josh Heggem and Was Hoppe.
Accompanists were Becky Klingelhofer and Bryan Johnson (director).
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