Seiber receives 'Superior' rating at OMEA Solo and Ensemble contest

Seiber receives 'Superior' rating at OMEA Solo and Ensemble contest
Posted on 02/13/2015

Bucyrus High School sophomore Kayleigh Seiber loves the stage and is not afraid of hard work. Seiber recently competed in the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) District 2 Solo and Ensemble Contest at Marion Harding and was rewarded with a "Superior" rating for her solo vocal performance.

The Solo and Ensemble Contest is open to any students in grade 9-12. Kayleigh took the initiative and chose to participate on her own.

"I decided to enter this contest because I want to apply for the Ohio State Fair Youth Choir, and this experience will help with the application process," Seiber said. "It will also present well on my college applications if I choose to minor in music."

Kayleigh did the majority of the work on her own, learning all of the notes and rhythms on her own. Once she had the piece, "O Rest in the Lord," composed by Mendelssohn, learned she worked with Director of Choirs Mrs. Nickie French and Mrs. Karolyn Rebon.

"We were able to work together before and after school to add the accompaniment, which was provided by Mrs. Rebon," French said. "The time we worked together also allowed me to help her fine tune and put the finishing touches to her piece."

For this contest, the State of Ohio is divided into 17 districts based on geographic location and proximity. Crawford County is part of District 2, which is split between Marion Harding and Clyde High School because of its size.

"I was really excited when I learned I had received the ‘superior’ rating because I wasn't expecting it," Seiber said. "I really enjoyed reading the adjudicators' comments because they were impressed with the dynamics of my performance."

This isn't the first time Kayleigh had performed a solo piece at this type of competition. She received a "Superior" rating when she performed at a similar Solo and Ensemble Contest during middle school.

"Competitions like this allow students the opportunity to work on their classic vocal and instrumental repertoire," French said. "It helps them develop confidence in their singing and playing abilities because the adjudicators provide wonderful positive feedback, constructive critiques and sound advice for students."

"I want to congratulate Kayleigh for her outstanding vocal accomplishment in the District 2 Solo and Ensemble Contest," Superintendent Kevin Kimmel said. "This achievement is not only a testament to her work ethic and vocal abilities, but it also serves as an example which shows the dedication that Mrs. French and Mrs. Rebon have to working with our students outside the normal school day to help them excel."

For more information about the Bucyrus Secondary School vocal music department, please contact Nickie French at nfrench@bucyrusschools.org.