Killdeer school promotes music in second annual festival

Killdeer Public School hosted the 2nd Annual Killdeer Music Festival last Saturday

Posted May 2, 2014

By Alanna Tomjack

For the DC Herald

 

PHOTO BY ALANNA TOMJACK / DC HERALD Killdeer fourth grade student Owen Duttenhefner plays Sonatina on the piano during the 2nd annual Killdeer Music Festival.
PHOTO BY ALANNA TOMJACK / DC HERALD
Killdeer fourth grade student Owen Duttenhefner plays Sonatina on the piano during the 2nd annual Killdeer Music Festival.

Killdeer Public School hosted the 2nd Annual Killdeer Music Festival last Saturday.

Approximately 27 students performed and competed in vocals ensembles and solos, band ensembles and solos, and a few piano solos. The festival was open to fourth grade, fifth grade, sixth grade and junior high. However, any elementary age student could play the piano.

Richardton and Beach music students also performed in the festival.

Hosting a Killdeer festival began three years ago.

Music instructors Mrs. Nies and Miss Austin were returning from an out-of-town music festival when a driver almost ran the bus off the road. A vehicle tried passing in the oncoming traffic and left no room for the bus on the road.

Mrs. Nies said, “We were lucky to have a good bus driver.”

They discussed that if they hosted their own music festival then they wouldn’t have to worry having students on the road. Miss Austin commented that she is thankful that they don’t have to travel and appreciates that other schools are willing to make the journey to Killdeer.

Last year’s festival was only Killdeer music students. The students and the teachers all thought that the smaller festival was less stressful, than the larger out of town festival. But it was missing something, students from other schools. Mrs. Nies feels that it is good for kids to hear other kids from different towns. It allows them to see what they are doing. It also gives her the chance to visit with the teachers about what other students are doing.

The judges thought that the kids did a good job and that it was a good festival. There were seven judges. Shelly Flaget has been involved with the KHS music program for years and judged elementary vocal and piano. Elise Bolinder, taught at a music conservatory in Ukraine, judged the woodwinds. Rachelle Bliss, DSU music major, judged vocals and woodwinds. Damon Frokter, DSU music major, judged vocals and brass. Justin Messer, DSU Percussion Performance Degree, judged percussions. Megan Hulkup, music and art instructor Youth Correctional Center in Bismarck, North Dakota, judged band solos and ensembles, brass and piano. Moriah Wilz, DSU music major, judged vocals and piano.

“It’s a really good chance for younger students to get performance experience. A lot of really talented kids have came through. It seemed like they have all worked really hard with their music. It gives them a taste of upper level music festivals,” Bliss said.

There were three adult volunteers and five high school volunteers that helped the festival to run smoothly. Miss Austin said “their help was a leadership role, setting an example for the younger students.

“The main idea we have with the festival is that we want to encourage the kids to grow in music,” she said. She said she hopes that mores schools will attend next year. She looks forward to it growing.

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