Musical talent is a gift. With this gift, musicians strive to show the world their passion and their successful work. These talented people are drawn to band and choir while in high school, and these programs help them foster their musical talents for college and beyond.
Starmount High School is one such establishment that supports musician development. In fact, some students qualify for an all-district band and choir representing the county. Auditions include producing a solo piece and scales to a panel of judges. Erin Haley, the high school’s band director, and Kelsi Jester, the chorus director, have devised and constructed the solo and ensemble recital for this year.
The recital includes band orchestrations, instrumental solos, and vocal arrangements. There are two senior individuals at the forefront of this year’s production. Trumpet player Isabella Baity and soprano singer Gabby Sixtos are both performing soloists. These young ladies will be putting in hours of preparation for their solos and practicing it with an accompanist if necessary.
Another performer, Gavin Adams, is a passionate student about this field, excited to once again share his love for music. With that said, all performers have to work to achieve greatness in the musical field. These young students are only bettering and maturing themselves as musicians and people. The recital showcases their talents, but it is also a chance for students to prepare for college and the real world.
For college, there is an audition process in which students will have to play or sing a prepared piece, display knowledge and application of major scales, and sight read. For those who don’t know what that is, sight reading is “to read or perform music without previous preparation or study,” based on Webster’s description. Thus, the recital is not just a high school milestone for students, but it is a building block in their musical careers.
The recital will be held at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center on April 11 at 7 p.m., in the Willingham Theater.
No admission will be charged.
This piece was edited by Starmount High School Journalism Club advisor Laura Cave.