Students execute history-making performances

posted 05/19/2009

For the first time in school history, Caldwell’s musicians and singers were named the best performing school program at the Heritage Music Festival in San Francisco over the weekend. Caldwell has competed in this regional event for more than 15 years and has always done well, but never before won the highest honor — until now.
The combined scores earned by the Chamber Players and the Madrigals were the highest of the festival so Caldwell earned the Festival Sweepstakes award. The 35 Caldwell students, led by choir director David Burton and orchestra director Gini Rosandick, outperformed the other 1,400 participants from 19 schools. High school programs from Washington, Oregon, Louisiana, Utah, California, Nevada and Canada competed in the annual spring event.
“They did a fantastic job and outperformed all others,’’ said festival director Mike Morgan. “Not only did they do a wonderful job on stage, but they were very well behaved and had great concert etiquette. They were perfect ladies and gentlemen and performers.’’
Caldwell Chamber Players were as close to perfect as they could get. They earned gold marks and first place by scoring 95 out of a possible 100. (One judge awarded the Cougars a 98). The 95 average was the highest score of any performing group in the festival and they received the award for the best ensemble (string or others).  Mrs. Rosandick received a special recognition award from the festival adjudicators. Of the 120 high school Heritage Festivals hosted around the country, only three perfect scores have been awarded in the last six years. Caldwell’s 95 ranks among the top three scores performed this year and among the top 3 percent of all performances.  “Caldwell’s score was very, very high,’’ Morgan said. “They are very deserving of the gold award — a wonderful school. I love Caldwell.’’
The Madrigals also performed very well and earned a silver rating, just narrowly missing gold.

“We’ll get the gold next year,’’ said first-year choir director David Burton. “It was a fantastic trip and the kids represented us well.  I was very proud to be there with them.’’

Senior Lacie Horne said: "We did as well as we could have under the circumstances.''
Junior Alex Patterson said: "We worked really hard and did the best we could.''

Chamber Players
Carrie Leavitt    Cameron Candies
Jamie Thompson    Kathryn Norman
Maggie Torrey    Karissa Hogg
Ezra Rice    Kamille Hogg
Alina Hoki    Becca Santiago
Samaquias Lorta    Danika McClure
Director: Gini Rosandick

Gabe Arellano    Megan Augustus
Josh Castaneda    Chris Downey
Krista Fennell    Ashley Hafen
Kamille Hogg    Karissa Hogg
Lacie Horne    Jordan Jasso
Chris Jensen    Bryer Johnson
Taber Johnson    Yvette Lloyd
Ricky Lovejoy    Virginia Mikesell
Cody Nasburg    Jacob Nye
Amanda Oates    Jordan Ozuna
Alex Patterson    Danielle Smith
Rebecca Summers    Luke Sypherd
Miranda Williams
             Director: David Burton

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