Area students sing praises for District Music Contest here


HARTINGTON —  The sound of voices blending together in harmony, punctuated with the sweet sounds of perfectly played musical notes  sailed through the halls Friday at Hartington’s schools.

Nearly 400 students representing 11 schools from three Northeast Nebraska counties descended on Hartington for the District Music Contest hosted by Hartington Public and Cedar Catholic/Holy Trinity schools.

Vocal competitions were held at Msgr. Cyril J. Werner Activity Center, Holy Trinity gym and music room while instrumental competitions took place at Hartington Public School.

Many students took advantage of the beautiful spring day and spent a little time outside either warming up or blowing off steam between the performances.

As visitors crossed from one school campus to the other a variety of music could be heard.

The beat of drums came from under one of the trees on the lawn at Hartington Public as the Laurel-Concord-Coleridge students went through a quick rehearsal for the percussion ensemble competition.

Saxophone music drifted from the street that runs in between the two schools.

The small area by the open rear doors of a school van proved to be a good place for Kaci Groene to get in a quick practice session before performing at the contest.

Groene, a Laurel-Concord-Coleridge student, admitted she was a little tense with one of the songs.

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