GU musicians blossom in regional events

Grant Union middle and high school music students who recently competed at OMEA District 6 include Marta Faulkner (flute), left, Beau Stone (baritone), Shiranne Carter (soprano), Samantha Floyd (flute, trombone), Carle Wright (bass clarinet), Sam Bentz (saxophone), Chloe Bentz (flute) and Alyssa Hoffman (trumpet). The students are led by music director Mary Ann Vidourek.

LA GRANDE – Eight Grant Union band and choir students participated in the March 7 Oregon Music Education Association’s District 6 solo competition at Eastern Oregon University.

It was a learning experience for the middle schoolers, to help them as they look forward to high school competition, while the high school students hoped to advance to state competition.

“They all loved it,” said Grant Union music director Mary Ann Vidourek. “The judges worked with each of them on tone and projection.”

Flautist Marta Faulkner, a senior, qualified to perform at the May 2 OSAA State Championship solo competition held at Lewis and Clark Community College.

Seventh-grader Samantha Floyd said she appreciated the chance to work with the judges.

“It was nice to get feedback for future high school competitions,” she said.

“It’s great that we have a music program so we can go to events like this,” said eighth-grader Carle Wright.

Alyssa Hoffman said she especially enjoyed listening to the high school trumpet players compete – she also plays trumpet.

The Grant Union middle and high school musicians, all 80 of them, presented a spring concert on March 10 led by Vidourek at the school.

Next up for the students is this Wednesday’s district competition in Pendleton, where the high school band and the combined 7-12 choir will perform in a concert judged by three certified judges.

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