MHS students perform at all-state music competition
Marshall High School students Kim Deutsch, Rick Schulenberg, Lizz Lockhart and Mac Evans missed three days of school during the last week of January, but it wasn't because of the flu.
The students were part of Missouri's all-state music groups, which performed at the annual Missouri Music Educators Association conference at Tan-Tar-A Resort at Lake of the Ozarks.
Deutsch, a junior, was the second oboist in the Missouri All-State Orchestra. Lockhart, also a junior, sang soprano in the Missouri All-State Choir. Evans, a senior, sang bass in the choir.
Schulenberg, a senior baritone, sang with the choir for the second time; he participated in the all-state group last year as well.
These all-state ensembles are highly competitive and include members from across the state. Students must audition for districts first, and then state groups.
At the convention, these young musicians spent Wednesday evening through Friday evening rehearsing for performances on Saturday, which didn't leave much time for anything else.
All three students interviewed -- Evans was not available -- mentioned lack of sleep as a problem they encountered at the conference.
Deutsch said the hardest part was "just trying to stay awake for everything."
The students also regretted the amount of schoolwork they had to make up, but not enough to forgo their experiences at MMEA.
"I'd do it again, even if I had more homework," Lockhart said, and she hopes to return as part of the choir next year.
Schulenberg said he enjoyed the conference because he made "lifelong friends," and Deutsch liked getting ready for her orchestra concert and donning the new black dress she bought just for that occasion.
In the end, the results were worth the exhaustion and extra homework. Making music is more than a hobby for these young people.
"Whenever you get a grasp, and everyone else gets a grasp, on (the music)," Schulenberg said, "I mean, it's just so moving."