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Four students attended the competition this weekend in Beaverton for state solo music performance

COURTESY JARED MCFARLIN - Aurora Strode, Amanda Plant, Jose Monroy and Olivia Johnson competed at the state competition.
Four MHS students competed at the OSAA State Solo Music contest at Mountainside High School in Beaverton on Saturday. Senior Aurora Strode (alto voice), juniors Amanda Plant (French horn), Jose Monroy (alto saxophone), and Olivia Johnson (alto saxophone) competed.

These students earned their way to the competition by winning their categories at the Central Oregon District Solo Contest in March. At the contest, students perform pieces they have worked on for months to play or sing before three judges.

Aurora Strode placed 13th, Amanda Plant placed 15th, Jose Monroy placed 12th, and Olivia Johnson placed 8th.

MHS music director Jared McFarlin accompanied the students and said he is thrilled students from Madras made it to the state contest at all, and placements aren't necessarily the end goal. "Music as an art form can be subjective, which is why there are three judges. Yet, there is a standard of performance that students must reach in order to be accepted to the state contest. The fact they made it to the state level, after scoring higher than many musicians from Bend and Redmond, is awesome and I'm very proud of them."

Sax player Jose Monroy said "You reap what you sow. The amount of effort, sweat, blood, and tears determines whether or not you even place." Olivia Johnson said "We are more aware of our competition now, so next year will be even better because we know what to work toward." The four soloists will be performing excerpts from their competition pieces at the MHS Music Department Spring Concert, on Tuesday, May 24, 7:00 PM at the PAC.

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