Goessel musicians compete at regionals

Goessel High School vocal and instrumental music students competed Saturday in the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) Regional Solo and Small Ensemble Festival at Tabor College, Hillsboro.

The annual festival is a qualifying event for the state solo and small ensemble festival. To qualify for the state event, a musician must receive a Highly Superior or I rating.

GHS students performed in 30 solo and ensemble events at the festival, receiving 25 I ratings and five II (excellent) ratings, and bringing home 67 medals.

Soloists receiving I ratings were Sara Bowman, string bass; Jessica Goertzen, vocal; Michelle Unruh, bass clarinet Hannah Franzen, tenor sax; Joylin Hall, vocal; Chrystiana Voth, clarinet, vocal; Laura Unruh, clarinet, vocal; Kristen Hoffman, French horn; Katie Flaming, vocal; Kristin Unruh, flute; Amy Brubaker, clarinet, vocal; Bryant Miller, vocal; Cameron Voth, vocal; Austin Unruh, vocal; Neal Brubaker, vocal; and Ryan Goertzen, vocal.

Five ensembles receiving I ratings included the Elbiata Singers, clarinet quartet, boys' vocal ensemble, saxophone quartet, and girls' vocal ensemble.

Vocal soloists earning II ratings were Sara Sebring, Kristin Unruh, Isaac Fast, Travis Duerksen, and David Wiens. Neal Brubaker earned a II rating with his trombone solo.

Accompanists were Karen Unruh and Marcia Brubaker.

The students are under the direction of Greg Bontrager, vocal music, and Mike Connell, instrumental music.