Eight Kennett High musicians selected for district festivals

Courtesy photoPictured (L-R): Julie Bates, Sarah Ploener, Erin Dooley, Jimmy Rosser, Yvonna Liszewski, Alex Mark, Samantha Castleton, and Rebecca Ploener.

Eight Kennett High School musicians have been selected by audition to various Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 12 Honor Festivals. District 12 includes Chester and Delaware counties and is undeniably one of the most competitive in the state.

Erin Dooley (clarinet), Yvonna Liszewski (flute), Rebecca Ploener (bass trombone), and Sarah Ploener (clarinet) were a part of the District Band Festival, January 28 – 30, at Phoenixville High School. These students are directed at Kennett High School by Anton Romano.

Participating in the District Chorus, February 4 - 6, were Samantha Castleton (soprano), Erin Dooley (alto), Yvonna Liszewski (alto), Alex Mark (bass), and Jimmy Rosser (tenor). The event was held at Unionville High School. Katie Soukup is the choral director at Kennett High School.

District Orchestra was held January 14 – 16, at Springfield High School. Students Julie Bates (viola) and Erin Dooley (clarinet) represented KHS. The Kennett High School Orchestra is conducted by Jessica Williams.

Auditions for selection to the District Festivals were held on November 21, at Bayard Rustin High School in West Chester. Students had to demonstrate excellence in major and chromatic scales, as well as solo performance, or choral selections, in order to earn the right to participate at the District Festivals. At their respective festivals, students re-auditioned for the opportunity to go on to Region and State levels.

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