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WNCC Hosts 2017 High School District Music Contest

April 12, 2017
The 2017 Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) District VI Music Contest will be held at Western Nebraska Community College on Thursday, April 20. 
Nearly 1,000 vocal and instrumental musicians, representing 15 area high school systems are competing for ratings throughout the day. Sharon Hoffman of Bayard is the contest coordinator; Dr. Nathaniel Johnson and Dr. Imgyu Kang of the WNCC Music Program are the site coordinators. Participating schools include Banner County, Bayard, Bridgeport, Crawford, Gering, Kimball, Leyton, Minatare, Mitchell, Morrill, Potter-Dix, Scottsbluff, Sidney, Sioux County, and South Platte.

District contest begins at 8 a.m. on the WNCC Scottsbluff Campus. All choruses perform in the Assembly of God church; concert bands and orchestra in the WNCC Little Theatre; and show choirs and jazz bands in the John N. Harms Center. Solos and small ensembles perform in various classrooms across the WNCC campus. The master schedule of events will be posted liberally around campus, and can be viewed at

Fourteen judges representing Alliance, Bayard, Bridgeport, Chadron, Gering, Mitchell, and Scottsbluff in Nebraska, Centennial in Colorado, and Torrington in Wyoming are adjudicating this annual event.

Musicians compete for a rating based on a standard of musical excellence. A rating of (I) represents superior or outstanding work; (II) represents excellent work; (III) represents a good or average performance; (IV) indicates below average work; and a (V) indicates a poor performance. Award certificates are presented to those solos, small ensembles, and large ensembles earning a superior rating. Plaques are awarded to large ensembles earning a unanimous superior rating from all three judges. One Outstanding Performance and two Honorable Mention Performance awards may be selected by each judge for solo and small ensemble excellence during the day.

The contest is free and open to the public. Concessions are available throughout the day in Cougar Palace.

For more information or questions about the NSAA District Music Contest, email or call 308-635-6046.