HAWKFEST To Highlight 65+ Area High School Musicians, Vocalists Monday

HAWKFEST To Highlight 65+ Area High School Musicians, Vocalists Monday
Courtesy of Northeast Community College.

NORFOLK – A Monday evening performance on the Northeast Community College campus will showcase a large number of area high school musicians and vocalists.

According to a release from NECC, the institution’s music department will host its third annual HAWKFEST on Monday, October 11.

Monday evening’s event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and feature 65 students, approximately 30 in band and 35 in choir, from 15 area high schools. The honor band will be under the direction of Kevin McLouth, director of instrumental activities at Northeast, while the honor choir will be led by Margaret Schultz, Northeast music instructor.

Students earned entrance to HAWKFEST through an audition process that included scales and a song to perform. Northeast Community College officials say their HAWKFEST is a little different than most honor festivals because they have a band and choir at the same time and then end their program with both groups performing together.

HAWKFEST rehearsals will start at 8:30 a.m. on Monday and the day will conclude with a concert. The performance will be held at 5:30 p.m., in the Lifelong Learning Center on Northeast’s Norfolk campus and is free and open to the public.

The band will perform Fanfare for the Common Man, Novena, The Red Balloon, and Scaling the North Wall. The choir will sing The Journey, Shule Aroon (a traditional Irish folk song), Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel, (a traditional spiritual), and Be the Change. The performance will conclude with band and the choir performing God Bless America.

Participating high schools include Boone Central, Creighton, Elkhorn Valley, Hartington-Newcastle, Homer, Neligh-Oakdale, Newman Grove, O’Neill, Osmond, Plainview, Ponca, Randolph, St. Edward, West Point-Beemer and Winside.


Honor Band members include:

Creighton – Matthew Johnson.

Elkhorn Valley – Alexis Lind, Madison Parker.

Hartington-Newcastle – Kennedy Gotsch.

Homer – Shelby Benson, Lila Bolles, Bradie Johnson, Skylar Moe, Karsyn Monk, Saraj Jewett, Samy Overgaard.

O’Neill – Kyler Dean, Alyssa Fehringer, Caleb Laursen.

Osmond – Caleb Miller, Kaden Polt, Kenzie von Rentzell, Erin Wagner.

Plainview – Marlena Curtiss, Weston Hoffman.

Ponca – Karen Alvarado, Brennan Beach, Grace Hansen, Lucas Hoesing, Austin Jansen, Chase Kastning, Bradley Lentz, Mathew Lentz, Brooklynn Lowe.

Randolph – Nicole Haselhorst, Lily Umberger.

St. Edward – Jasmina Foshee.


Honor Choir members include:

Boone Central – Jessica Bauld, Penelope Dozler, Madison Gompert, Emma Lordemann, Myranda Nelson.

Elkhorn Valley – Paizlynn Glenn, Montana Howard, Mariah Hansen, Madison Schaffer.

Hartington-Newcastle – Araylynn Collier, Ryell Haug, Leah Reichle, Trevin Scoggan.

Neligh-Oakdale – Josey Booth, Krystal Fulsaas, Sadie Heckert, Kaleb Mozer, Grace Shabram.

Newman Grove – Bailey Busch, Carmen Montoya.

Osmond – Holly Jensen, Riley Wagner.

Ponca – Austin Janssen, Ethan Goodier, Brooklynn Lowe, Tierney Peterson, William Stroud.

Randolph – Annaleise Berry, Aeden Ottis, Lily Umberger, Gabriel Wortman.

St. Edward – Lydia Ketelsen.

West Point-Beemer – LaToya Herrera, Zaranae Torres.

Winside – Elayna Hoskinson.

For more on Northeast Community College’s HAWKFEST, contact McLouth at kevinm@northeast.edu or call (402) 844-7335.