Etcetera - 04/07/10

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Walla Walla High School hosted this year's regional Columbia Basin Music Educators' Association vocal solo-ensemble. Individual students and groups from Wa-Hi qualified for state competition during the event on March 20.

Students from nine area high schools performed solo or in ensembles of up to 16 for adjudicators. The adjudicators gave each performance a rating from 1 to 5 and gave the students valuable feedback on how to improve.

State qualifiers from Walla Walla:

Tenor voice state qualifier, Kolton Kolbaba; first alternate, Daniel Lockart; second alternate, Jacob Dyer.

Baritone voice state qualifier: David Marr.

Men's vocal - large ensemble state qualifier: WWHS Sextet, Dan Lockart, Joseph Quiner, Kolton Kolbaba, Gordon Farr, Will Bergstrom, Madison Filan.

Mixed vocal - small ensemble state qualifier: Group Hug, Denali Molitor, Samantha Herriot, Dan Lockart, Will Bergstrom.

Men's vocal - small ensemble state qualifier: KM Duet, David Marr, Kolton Kolbaba.

Mezzo-soprano voice: first alternate, Willa Schober; second alternate, Teddilynn Dyer.

Soprano voice state qualifier: Allison Henckel; first alternates, Merrit Filan and Kelsey Palmer; second alternate, Samantha Herriot.

Women's vocal -- small ensemble: first alternate, Schober-Trego Duet; second alternate, Reese Girls.

Alto voice state qualifier: Natalie Ingersoll-Allen; first alternate, Alina Reese; second alternate, Mallory Livingston.

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Blue Mountain Audubon Society provides opportunities to experience the outdoors while seeking bird sightings. The group's monthly newsletter, The Magpiper, lists a couple of upcoming events, including an 8 a.m. field trip April 24 in Walla Walla County. Rodger and Ginger Shoemake will lead the group while looking out for Swainson's hawks, American avocets, yellow-headed blackbirds, black-necked stilts and various swallows. And on May 1 at 6 a.m. Cathy Nowak, manager of the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area, will lead a trip in the La Grande vicinity with the Pendleton Bird Club. Call 525-2963 to sign up. Also dress for walking and the weather and bring food and water. Trips depart from Harper Joy Theater, off Park Street on the Whitman College campus. For more about BMAS, see www.blumtn.org .

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

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