Students shine at Solo-Ensemble
Musicians, vocalists perform
By Holly Neumann
Students from Iola-Scandinavia and Manawa traveled to Rosholt on Feb. 24 to take part in District Solo-Ensemble competition and show off their talents.
Tyler Thontlin, a 10th grader from Manawa, was one of many competitors for the day.
“I love music,” he said. “This is a great way to express myself.”
Thontlin was pleased with the results of his performances and will be going on to state in both music theater-tenor/bass solo and also with a tenor solo.
“A lot of practice goes into this,” he said. “And a lot more is to come. But in the end it is worth it.”
For I-S 10th grader Erik Grenlie, Solo-Ensemble is an important part of his life.
“Music is so much fun,” he said. “And it makes people feel happy, which is a good feeling.”
Grenlie plans on pursuing music at the collegiate level.
“It takes a lot of time and practice,” he said. “But these experiences help you learn and grow.”
Iola-Scandinavia instrumental music instructor Jacob Martin feels that Solo-Ensemble is a wonderful opportunity for our entire music program.
“Not only does it allow for students to showcase their talents individually or in a small group of friends, but also builds a life skill of public speaking/performing,” Martin said. “Solo-Ensemble also allows an invaluable experience to build relationships and listen to other schools.”