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Spring Music Update

The Medford School District high school music departments have been working hard to prepare for their festival seasons and the State Solo and Ensemble competition. We are proud to say that Southern Oregon will be well represented at state and we are very proud of all our musicians. Congrats to all!

We would also like to highlight the successes of Hedrick Middle School and McLoughlin Middle School for their placements at District Festival. Competing aginst 11 other bands, Hedrick's eighth grade band took 2nd place and McLoughlin claimed the 3rd place slot. Hedrick's eighth grade orchestra also placed 2nd placed at their festival. Along with the bands, the McLoughlin eighth grade ensemble placed 2nd in the District Middle School Choral Competion in Roseburg on April 12. There were 11 choirs present. Congratulations, eighth graders! 

South Medford High School


At the District Winds and Percussion Solo and Ensemble Festival on March 3, the following students/groups qualified for state:

  • Caleb Hutchings – 1st place, bassoon
  • Max Empol – 1st place, tuba
  • Nate Lee – 1st place, orchestral snare drum
  • Percussion Ensemble – 1st place, large percussion ensemble division


Thomas Green is representing us at State on Upright Bass after winning first place. The SMHS string quartet also had the honor to be guest performers at the BEATLES vs. STONES tour at the Ashland Armory in February.

String Quartet  String Quartet performing at concert


Choir has not their district festival yet but had great successes for their solo and ensemble students. South had 25 singers participate in the Vocal Solo and Ensemble Festival and the following students qualified for state or as alternates:

  • Ashley Mitchell- 2nd place in the soprano division.
  • Aimee Carter- 1st place in the mezzo-soprano.
  • Heather McAdam- 1st place in the alto division.
  • Dominique Blue- 1st alternate in the alto division.
  • Tucker Chestine- 1st alternate in the baritone division

The choir is busy preparing for their District Festival, which will be held in Roseburg on Wednesday, April 11th.  Following that, they are going on a 3-day tour to San Francisco, which will include a clinician with a professor of choral studies at Stanford, attending the San Francisco Symphony’s performance of a Beethoven Piano Concerto, and singing a concert aboard the USS Hornet.


North Medford High School


At the District Winds and Percussion Solo and Ensemble Festival on March 3, the following students qualified for state:

  • Courtney Badura, Flute 1st Place in district.
  • Kelsy Biggs, Flute 2nd Place in district.
  • Andrew Donahue, Horn 1st Place in district.
  • Alex Yu, Clarinet 1st Place in district.
  • 1st Place Large Brass Ensemble: NMHS Brass Quintet-- Daniel Cervantes, trumpet; Tad Dickson, trumpet; Tyler Vistaunet, horn; Chelsea Fridley, trombone; Kaitlyn Boudreaux, tuba.
  • 1st Place Small Woodwind Ensemble: NMHS Woodwind Trio--Courtney Badura, flute; Andrew Donahue, horn; Grace Lee, piano.

The NMHS Wind Ensemble also took second place at the League Band Festival and qualified for state.


The NMHS Chamber orchestra tied for third place with three state-qualifying scores and the NMHS Concert Orchestra took first in the larger "concert orchestra" category with one state-qualifying score.

The NMHS orchestras/bands get the chance to travel to Disneyland for a music-recording workshop Memorial Day weekend, spending time at Huntington Beach and attending Medieval Times.


The following small choral emsembles qualified for state: 

  • Mixed Ensemble 2nd place - John Lyon & Heather Ralph
  • Women’s Ensemble 1st place - Treble Duet: Heather Ralph & Alexa Ehrlich
  • Men’s Ensemble 1st place - NM Men’s Trio: John Lyon, Dallin England, Kika Stone
  • Men’s Ensemble 1st place - NM Chamber Men: John Lyon, Dallin England, Kika Stone, Brandin Nute, Andrew Donahue, Jakob Lennick, Sam Watts, Anthony Cruthirds, Brandon Kinsey, Stephan Wike

The NMHS choirs also had the chance to take part in a collaboration concert with Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon. Four Choirs with the orchestra: Rogue Valley Youth Ensemble, Rogue Valley Cantare Chorus, North Medford Concert Choir, and South Medford E! and Chamber Choirs. "The Promise of Living" Aaron Copland. “Gloria” by John Rutter.

Videos of show the show can be found at the following links: and

There was also a collaboration concert with Collaboration Concert with Southern Oregon Repertory Singers.  North Medford HS, South Medford HS, and SOU Treble Voices joined the Repertory Singers in the North American premiere of a piece for treble choirs, soprano soloist and orchestra, “Sing to the Lord, All the Earth,” by Eriks Esenvalds.

Concert choir worked with Dr. Sharon Paul and Dr. Melissa Brunkan at the University of Oregon.   Students were able to attend a collegiate choral rehearsal and also perform and workshop music in a choral methods class.  This was a wonderful educational opportunity for UO and NMHS.

We are looking forward to out upcoming trip to perform at our State Capitol.

Choir and orchestra concert  NMHS Choir