This past weekend, dozens of Kenai Peninsula students attended an event in Anchorage for which they and their teachers and coaches had been preparing them for weeks, maybe even months. It was a competition of sorts, and an assessment from the top professionals in their fields, to see how our students measure up to the rest of the state. This was the musicians' version of State Track Meets -- the ASAA Solo/Ensemble event that takes place locally at the individual school level, and finally in early May, culminates in the events in Anchorage. A large number students from here performed and interacted with other musicians from all over the state. From my perspective as an accompanist for a number of the students, I want to congratulate them and their teachers for a job very well done. Getting up in front of an audience and a judge and singing or playing an instrument in a high stress situation is extremely challenging, and the performances that I heard were all top-notch. They were the students' personal bests, in my opinion.
I would love to list all the students' names, but I know I'd leave out someone. There were students from Kenai Central, under the direction of Deb Sounart and Renee Henderson, Soldotna High School, under the direction of Vernel Schneider, Skyview, directed by Kent Peterson, and Homer High students, prepared and taught by Mark Robinson. Many of these students additionally study privately with vocal and instrumental coaches. There are many people involved in the preparation of these performances. Thanks and congratulations to all of you!