The weekend of February 3 through 6 was a big weekend for the Music Conservatory and Fine Arts Department! Both the strings and vocal students competed in their individual district solo and ensemble competitions. Competing in 15 events, our vocal students received 12 scores of “superior” and 3 scores of “excellent.” 

Aubrey Williams and Kyla Ellis both earned “superior” rankings for their classical solos while Aidan Fracker, Aiden Bjortvedt, and Gabriel Semenitari earned straight “A superiors” for their musicatheaterre performances as well as their classical solos.  Also earning straight “A superiors” in classical voice were Matt Parks, Isabelle Taylor, and the Chamber Choir.  Seventh-grade student Ashton Appadu earned an “excellent” for his classical solo as did our vocal jazz and vocal pop ensembles.

The “superior” ranked high school students will next compete in the state solo and ensemble competition on April 1.  The Select Choir as a whole will compete in the Florida Music Performance Assessment on March 3.  The students would like to thank Mrs. Mincy for accompanying each singer and the many parents who drove up to Deland to hear the students compete.

The strings students received straight “superiors,” four with distinction:

  • Tavares Connelly-Candelario – Viola Solo – Superior with Distinction 
  • Lauren Kiernan – Viola Solo – Superior
  • Vanessa Mills – Violin Solo – Superior
  • Tristyn Diller – Violin Solo – Superior with Distinction 
  • US Advanced String Ensemble (Vanessa Mills, Tristyn Diller, Tavares Connelly-Candelario, Julia Bassett, Lauren Kiernan, Sunny Tao, Selina Xu, Maggie Quebral) – Mixed String ensemble – Superior
  • Tristyn Diller and Lauren Kiernan – Violin/Viola Duet – Superior
  • Maggie Quebral – Cello Solo – Superior with Distinction
  • Selina Xu – Cello Solo – Superior with Distinction
  • Vanessa Mills, Tavares Connelly-Candelario and Selina Xu – String Trio – Superior

The strings students will next perform on Wednesday, February 8 at the Clermont Performance Arts Center. Featuring over 100 students from Montverde Academy’s Lower, Middle, and Upper School string programs, the concert is sure to be a lovely evening filled with wonderful music! The performance will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is free to the public. We hope to see you there!