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Choir students competed at subsection contest

The Pine River-Backus High School Choir participated in both large-group, solo and ensemble contests this spring.

The choir earned three superior ratings at the subsection contest in New York Mills. The section that traditionally hosted the state contest did not hold it this year. Three superior ratings would have qualified the choir for participation in a section-state contest.

Approximately 30 choir members participated in the subsection solo and ensemble contest in Pillager. Many of the events earned superior ratings that qualified them to go on to the section-state contest in Staples.

The chamber choir includes, front row, Steven Bowen, Brooke Richards, Frank Mitchell, Desi Sonenstahl, Hank Steffen, Nicole Arends, Dallin Sonenstahl and Jacob Harper; second row, Lydia Brower, Domi Sonenstahl, Isabel Lawrence, April Sympson, Codi Bumgarner, Amanda Fleming, Ryan Sweeney and TJ Lukanen.

The women’s ensemble received a superior rating and participated in the section-state contest. The choir includes, front row, Kaitlyn Keefe, Cathy Stagnaro, Candice Zaczkowski, Cheryl Carr, Gretta Norton and Lydia Brower; second row, Caitlin Stagnaro, Brittany Schmid, Alexus Reddick, Abby Rister and Julia Schaefer.

Shown are all students who participated in the ensemble contest at subsection: front row, Cheryl Carlson, Codi Bumgarner, Olivia Davidson, Candice Zaczkowski, Brittany Schmid, Abby Rister, Nicole Arends, Gretta Norton, Frank Mitchell and Ryan Sweeney; second row, Alexus Reddick, Lydia Brower, Domi Sonenstahl, Cathy Stagnaro, Sage Beckler, Julia Schaefer, Desi Sonenstahl, April Sympson and Isabel Lawrence; third row, TJ Lukanen, Lucas McCoy, Jesse Sympson, Dani Butcher, Dallin Sonenstahl, Hank Steffen and Amanda Fleming.

Students who sang solos at subsection: front row, Steven Bowen, Lydia Brower, Jessica Blanchard, Ashley Johnson, Abby Rister, Amanda Fleming and Kaitlyn Keefe; second row, Jacob Harper, Darlene Decker, Frank Mitchell and Nicole Arends.

The Sonenstahl Trio — Dominique, Dallin and Desirae — received a superior rating at section-state.

Kaitlyn Keefe and Lydia Brower performed solos at section-state.

The Stagnaro Duet — Catherine and Caitlin — received a superior rating at section-state.

The Senior Duet — Isabel Lawrence and April Sympson — received a superior rating at section-state.

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