Our annual sole & ensemble music festival was hosted in Random Lake this past weekend, and the diverse representation from @oostburgschools was another reminder that big is not always better. Our District is large enough to provide a variety of offerings yet small enough that students can participate in diverse areas of interest. I was able to watch the starting center on our basketball team show his talents in a male choir which qualified for state competition. A little later our champion heavy weight wrestler and starting football lineman played his saxophone in multiple events. It is neat to know that Oostburg students don’t have to limit themselves to one area but can explore a variety of interests. Throughout the day, I sat back and enjoyed solos and ensembles as our students stretched themselves in front of judges and audience members.
The day reminded me of my high school years when I would pray that the room where my solo & ensemble event was scheduled would not have anyone other than the judge and my accompanist. I watched with empathy and interest as our students stepped up to the challenge in rooms with both large and small audiences. I was impressed with the maturity displayed by our students as they accepted feedback from their judge, particularly when a performance may not have gone as well as they had hoped. I smiled along with our students, as in many cases their music reflected their personalities but in some cases showed sides we seldom see outside of their musical performances.
During the course of a school year I am fortunate to be able to attend a variety of student events. Solo & ensemble is one of my favorites. The opportunity to see such a diverse collection of talents on one day is, in my opinion, unmatched. Thanks to each of our student participants and to Mrs. Mueller and Mrs. Howell for the work they put into preparing for music festival. Best of luck to those who qualified for state competition. We are fortunate to live in a community blessed with musical abilities which we can nurture through strong school programming.
Make this a great week!