Park Rapids High School musicians make impression at Bagley

Members of the school's vocal and instrumental music programs earned best-in-site honors at all three performance sites on Nov. 2.

Band director John Cook, at left, and choir director Gunnar Aas, at right, brought a highly successful group of vocal and instrumental soloists to a music contest Nov. 2, 2022 in Bagley. Competitors, from left, were Anika Kietzman, Cate Worner, Jillian Neubauer, Cyprian Little, Wyatt Koskela, Tabitha Guida, Jack Worner, Kyla Mercil, Tyler Hillukka, Janae Torma, Levi Trygstad and Harmony Trygstad.
Contributed / John Cook
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The Park Rapids Area High School music department had a strong showing at a solo music contest Wednesday, Nov. 2 in Bagley.

Levi Trygstad sings "Shenandoah," arranged by Jay Althouse, at a solo music contest Nov. 1, 2022 in Bagley, accompanied by Sarah Kaufenberg at the piano. Trygstad was named best-in-site at the contest, as were fellow Park Rapids Area High School students Cate Worner (bass clarinet) and Jack Worner (voice).
Contributed / John Cook

“We had 12 students competing in 14 events,” said band teacher John Cook, “and every single one of them made us proud and did a great job performing, showing great progress and improvement over a short time this fall. All of the scores and comments reflect that our musicians made a strong impression on the judges.”

Cook said all of the students received either excellent or superior ratings, the top two levels of achievement.

Receiving excellent ratings for their solos were Cyprian Little (voice), Tyler Hillukka (voice), Anika Kietzman (trombone), Janae Torma (flute), Kyla Mercil (flute) and Tabitha Guida (flute).

Receiving superior ratings were Wyatt Koskela (trumpet), Harmony Trygstad (clarinet), Jillian Neubauer (flute), Levi Trygstad (voice and trombone), Jack Worner (voice and clarinet) and Cate Worner (bass clarinet).


In addition, Park Rapids students claimed best-in-site honors at all three performance sites, with Jack Worner and Levi Trygstad earning the honors at the vocal sites and Cate Worner at the instrumental site.

Park Rapids Area High School took a break for school spirit-inspired fun on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 1.

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